Future Digital Technology (FDTI)

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute is a focal point within the region and the University for digital innovation with a focus on the human in a digital society.

Our institute has three main aims:

  1. To communicate the possibilities of digital technology. We carry out public engagement work, outreach work, and educational work with a series of installations in public spaces. We also deliver activities for schools and related institutions, with webinars and seminars for academic audiences.

  2. To create physical and online spaces that enable multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations. We focus on digital technologies and solutions, using the Imaginarium lab as a focal point for innovation and inspiration.

  3. To innovate with new digital technologies, new methods for creating technology solutions, and new technology solutions. We aim to improve the overall wellbeing of humans through improved safety, greater access to the arts and humanities, and healthier lifestyles.

  • Research

    Taking a human-centred and multidisciplinary approach to understanding how digital innovation can be applied effectively
  • Knowledge Exchange

    Leveraging understandings of technologies and humans to support creation of effective digital solutions.
  • Public Engagement

    Communicating the possibilities of digital technology within and beyond the university through work in schools and public spaces.
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Our academics

Dr Richard Davies
Higher Education Research and Development Lead

Richard is an academic, educationalist and informal educator.. His research is primarily in philosophical approaches to educational policy and practice. At the moment, Richard is working on what we mean by upbringing and, in particular, what it means to be a mature, educated adul…

Professor Victor Debattista
Professor of Astrophysics
School of Engineering and Computing

Victor's research covers galaxy dynamics and formation using simulations and observations. He lectures on galaxies (as part of on-campus and distance learning provision). He is part of the MOONS collaboration, the Euclid collaboration, and serves on the UK Board of LSST. Alan sup…