Public Lecture on ‘Being Creative: Our Purpose in Life?

This is a video of my inaugural Professorial Lecture where I share my thoughts on why creativity is important for our own happiness, for the happiness of others and for our learning and growth. I highlight different ways creativity can manifest, and present some of the key factors that affect our creativity, including the role of purpose and our ‘state of being’. Finally, I reflect on the implications for how we educate our students, and how we run our organisations.

Note that I refer to a video clip in my talk of a famous try in rugby which could not be recorded for copyright reasons, so follow this link to watch it.

AHRC Research Networking Project

I am currently running a research networking project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to try and help improve the health and well-being of people living in rural communities in India through the establishment of a multidisciplinary international collaboration and the application of user-led design research methods such as ‘design thinking’.

Key collaborators in the project are the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India; Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, Wayanad, India; the Centre for eHealth and Care Technology at the University of Agder, Norway; and the Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Participating in ‘Trauma Pack’ Development

I am currently involved in a seven month project to develop a production ready version of the Trauma Pack to meet the needs of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The aim is to make the Trauma Pack available for deployment in large-scale humanitarian emergencies. The work is supported by the Wales Life Sciences Bridging Fund.