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Future Technologies
Research Group

The Future Technologies Research Group in the School of Art engages with a range of interdisciplinary research activities that are fundamentally collaborative. The group members are researchers working in the intersections between Art and other disciplinary fields including Science, Engineering, Humanities and Healthcare. By its very nature this research pushes at the boundaries of current knowledge towards the as yet unnamed technologies of the future.

Opportunities for this group membership, lies in knowledge sharing and dissemination of research through our joint interdisciplinary channels. The work of the group is REF focussed, working backwards from the next REF to ensure high quality research and impactful outcomes. Through identified cross-university shared interest groups the FTG will formulate collaborative interdisciplinary research projects. The FTG works closely with RKE to respond to funding calls as they arise.

The FTG offers the opportunity to generate alternative perspectives on current research through the 'Inter' / 'Interstitial' as a generator of new knowledge and creates more potential avenues for funding, offering a more holistic view on research that is closer to a real world model. The FTG offers the opportunity to create and be part of new networks of new kinds of knowledge generation.

A series of monthly lunchtime provocations will take place in the Digital Innovation Centre SHED from September 2015, where any member of staff with an idea for a future technologies collaborative research project is encouraged to pitch their idea. Risk taking is encouraged and failure is acceptable in this research group where the focus is on the as yet unrealised future of technologies.

We welcome interest from post-graduate research students and staff, including researchers from outside the Manchester School of Art who wish to become associate members. If you are interested in joining this research group please contact Melissa Acton at

Research Areas

  • Health
  • Clothing
  • ICT
  • Space (outer)
  • Inter Cultural New Media Narratives
  • Visualisation
  • Learning