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Enhancing our capabilities

Improvements we've made to our research facilities and our digital infrastructure. Part of the Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21.

Innovation Motion Capture Studio at the Bottleyard

A researcher in a motion capture suit at the CAMERA Facilities in Bristol.
A researcher in a motion capture suit at the CAMERA Facilities in Bristol.

The University’s Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) has opened a new Innovation Motion Capture Studio at The Bottle Yard Studios, the largest dedicated film and TV studio in the West of England.

The new studio expands CAMERA’s capability in providing world-leading research expertise in visual computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, sports, rehabilitation, biomechanics, creative production and technical skills to the region’s thriving digital creative and digital healthcare clusters.

The studio boasts state-of-the-art digital innovation facilities, including a high-end motion capture array and an instrumented walkway for gait analysis.

In summer 2021, CAMERA offered free workshops for creative small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) in the South West to provide business support, training and product development expertise.

As part of the MyWorld creative hub, CAMERA and Human Computer Interaction (CREATE Lab) are collaborating with universities and industry on a £46 million regional project that will pioneer new digital formats and technologies, creating innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games, and live performance.

Digital Infrastructure

In the past year, our Digital, Data and Technology (DDAT) team has been enhancing facilities for remote learning and working by providing equipment for staff and students, including 1,228 laptops, rebuilding desktop PCs for staff working from home and creating a short-term laptop loan service for students. The team has enhanced the security of remote working by implementing Multi-Factor Authentication.

DDAT has also increased the digital and physical resources for learning and teaching through offering remote use of 310 software applications, increasing General Teaching Areas (GTAs) by 28 rooms, supporting remote teaching through Panopto and providing visualisers and writing tablets for staff.

Since introducing Teams Telephony for making and receiving calls in March 2020, we now have 900 users including the 2020 University Clearing Team.

The University has also expanded the roll out of Microsoft 365 applications, including Teams, which has helped around 10,000 people per month to collaborate on files online and enabled conference style events using Teams Live.

Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST)

Environmental pollution ocean and water with plastic waste.
Environmental pollution ocean and water with plastic waste.

The Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST), is a major £17m consortium bringing together academia and industry to accelerate the translation of sustainable chemical technologies to help tackle the global challenges of the climate emergency, sustainable development and plastics pollution.

Hosted by our Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), iCAST is a collaboration between the Universities of Bath and Oxford, the Catapult Network (National Composites Centre and Centre for Process Innovation), innovation experts at SETsquared, Local Enterprise Partnerships, industry and investors.

iCAST will focus on research into four core programmes: bio-based feedstocks; sustainable chemical production systems; sustainable engineering materials; and plastics as part of a circular economy.

This exciting initiative forms part of our strategy to achieve net zero as set out in our Climate Action Framework Principles.