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Print research centre to receive £7.7m

The University of the West of England’s (UWE Bristol) Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) is set to receive a £7.7m grant to fund further research into print technologies.

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Some of the investment will be used to fund further research into 3D printing technologies

The grant has been awarded in recognition of the centre’s 21-year history in internationally acclaimed practical research, from Research England’s Expanding Excellence fund.

The university says the investment will be used to fund further research into the artistic, historical and industrial significance of creative print practices, processes and technologies.

Professor Carinna Parraman, director of the Centre for Fine Print Research, says: "We are thrilled to be awarded this funding and for the CFPR to now be formally recognised as a truly established and world-leading research centre.

“We are looking for artists, designers, scientists, technologists and leaders at a range of levels to join our group. The funding supports a range of posts including associate professors, researchers and technicians across our key areas, which includes fine art, print, product design, robotics, electronics, software, manufacturing, materials science and nanotechnology."

This programme led by UWE Bristol will give us a glimpse into the past using the technology of the future

Last year, the CFPR was shortlisted for the Times Higher Award for its work with Burleigh Pottery in helping the company continue printing traditional print patterns on pottery.

A number of current and future partners have helped the CFPR in contributing to the funding application, including St Cuthberts Mill, Cranfield Colours, HP, John Purcell Paper and Ultimaker.

Supporting research projects over the next three years, the fund is also set to create 19 new job roles within the centre. New recruits will work alongside industry partners across three research themes: transformative technologies, reconstructing historic methods, and 3D printing.

Minister of Universities and Science, Chris Skidmore, made the announcement about the funding. 

He comments: “Pushing the boundaries of knowledge and conquering new innovations are what our universities are known for the world over. This programme led by UWE Bristol will give us a glimpse into the past using the technology of the future, with 3D printing to recreate historical artefacts.

"The Expanding Excellence in England fund will support projects throughout England to master new and developing areas of research and industry.”

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