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Creative Innovation Zone

Students responding to business challenges with creativity and innovation.

Our Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ) generates dynamic, student-led projects by placing creative thinking at the heart of employer engagement and students at the forefront of innovation and enterprise.  

We empower students to deliver interdisciplinary problem solving to diverse industry sectors. Through dynamic ideations with employers and the pitching of ideas,  

Benefits to business

  • A bespoke product or service
  • Access to students’ fresh ideas and academic expertise
  • Nurturing the talent of the future

Benefits to students

  • Industry experience
  • Expand their commercial awareness
  • Gain confidence


  • Concept Design
  • Consultancy
  • Ideation Facilitation
  • Project Management
  • Research & Development

Work with us in five simple steps

  1. Outline your challenge to our Creative Innovation Zone project team
  2. We match your challenge to the talents, skills and resources within the University
  3. Our students explore creative ideas with academic support
  4. Collectively we agree your preferred options
  5. Our students deliver solutions for your business and gain valuable industry experience working for you.

To sustain our programme, we ask for employer contributions, often using Corporate Social Responsibility funds to cover the cost and to enable us to continue to provide this direct access to the next generation of talent for your business or organisation.

Our work

"Age UK Stockport's experience of working with UCLan's Creative Innovation Zone has been fantastic. Collaborating to develop a solution to our brief we have been so impressed by the quality of ideations, creative thinking, and final outcome."

Lee Speed, Age UK Stockport

Meet the team

Director of Creative Innovation Zone and Enterprise

01772 895959

Head of Business Engagement

01772 893386

Enterprise Manager

01772 893119

Project Lead

01772 893399

"It was a great experience for us to collaborate with UCLan Fashion Promotion students – a real breath of fresh air to work with young people who can apply their creativity so easily. The group had a dynamic approach and their passion shone through. The findings from the project have already been used within the business."

Karen Cooper, Blackpool Transport

Contact us

Creative Innovation Zone


Tel: +44 (0)1772 895995