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Exploring Possibility Connecting Creativity


Creative Fuse North East – unlocking the true potential of the creative, digital and tech sectors to drive innovation & growth of the region’s economy.


Delivered through a truly unique partnership between the North East’s five universities – Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside. Academics will work alongside industry, cultural organisations, charities and the public sector, to explore how creative, digital and IT firms can have a sustainable future in the region adding value to the region’s broader employment base.

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Innovation support for North East businesses

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The New Project Report on the CDIT sector in the North East

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The most comprehensive survey of its kind in the North East

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'This partnership of five universities has the potential to make a real and long lasting impact on these businesses, the wider region and provide a real boost to its economy.”

Working with the region's Smart Specialisation Sectors

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"...CAKE had amongst the greatest long term impact; some amazing collaborations emerged over Victoria sponge"

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    • Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme - Latest Round 45 places are now available for eligible SMEs in the Nor… ,
  • Educate North Awards 2019 – Shortlisted

    We are thrilled to announce that Creative Fuse North East has been shortlisted for the forthcoming Educate North Awards 2019, under the ‘Business/Industry Collaboration – University Sector’.

    The Business/Industry Collaboration category includes an award recognising the higher and/or further education institutions that are collaborating to achieve better outcomes such as students,

    Educate North Awards 2019 – ShortlistedRead more