Professor John McAuliffe appointed as Creative@Manchester Platform Director

The University of Manchester has appointed Professor John McAuliffe as Director of the new Creative@Manchester research platform. He will formally take up the role on 1 September 2021.

John McAuliffe - Photo credit Chris FosterCommenting on the appointment, Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research, said: “I am thrilled that Professor John McAuliffe has been appointed as Director for the new Creative@Manchester research platform. John brings with him a wealth of experience in the Creative and Cultural Industries, and will no doubt build on Creative@Manchester’s achievements since 2018 and contribute to its future success. I look forward to working with him to drive this University-wide initiative which is a key element in the University's Our Future strategy for Research and Discovery.”

Over the next three years, John will oversee the strategy and vision for the platform, which aims to generate interdisciplinary research projects that bring together cognate research communities and, where appropriate, external user groups.

John joined The University of Manchester in 2004 and is Professor of Poetry and Director of the Centre for New Writing. His five poetry collections have been published by The Gallery Press: A Better Life (2002), which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize; Next Door (2007); Of All Places (2011), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; The Way In (2015), winner of the Michael Hartnett Award; and The Kabul Olympics (2020).

Commenting on his appointment, Professor McAuliffe said, “The Creative@Manchester platform will enable us to develop new university-wide research about creativity and creative methods, subjects which are central to so much of what we do across the University. I’m delighted to be appointed as Director and I’m looking forward to working with new (and existing) partners here and outside the university over the next three years.”

View Prof John McAuliffe's research profile.

About Creative@Manchester

Creative@Manchester is one of four University of Manchester Research Platforms: these are a University-wide development for advancing interdisciplinary research in key priority areas at a scale and pace commensurate with their importance to the University’s research strategy. The other three Research Platforms comprise Digital Futures, Sustainable Futures and Policy@Manchester.

The Creative@Manchester platform will function as a facilitating hub for a network of research being carried out across the University, in which creative methodologies and practices are embedded. It will also be used as a platform from which to engage external stakeholders with UoM research. The Creative Manchester platform will generate inter-disciplinary research projects which bring together cognate research communities and, where appropriate, external user groups.

The Platform will build on Creative Manchester’s existing three broad areas of research and engagement focus: Creative Industries and Innovation; Creative and Civic Futures and Creative Inclusion, Health and Social Change.

Photo credit: Chris Foster

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