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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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  • Graduate Delivers Sweet Success for Bespoke Bakery

    Creative Fuse Placement Success

    Struggling to find a suitable role in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, University of Sunderland Journalism graduate Gemma Hirst managed to land a three-month internship with Print Cakes, supporting the business with her skills in digital marketing.

    The internship was organised through the Creative Fuse North East team at University of Sunderland.

    Graduate Delivers Sweet Success for Bespoke BakeryRead more