Creative Cluster

StoryFutures Creative Cluster creates and helps fund R&D projects with creative businesses in the 'Gateway Cluster region' immediately to London's west.

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Academy

StoryFutures Academy delivers cutting edge training in immersive technology and immersive storytelling for the traditional screen industries nationwide.

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StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy: The National Centre for Immersive Storytelling

We're all about placing innovative storytelling at the heart of next generation immersive technologies and experiences, to fuel the growth of the sector and ensure the UK is leading the way.

Both projects are closely linked: StoryFutures is focussed on R&D projects with businesses to the west of London, while StoryFutures Academy is focussed on delivering cutting edge training for the national screen industries.

StoryFutures is led by Royal Holloway, University of London and is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s unprecedented Creative Industries Clusters Programme. Funded by the government’s industrial strategy challenge fund and based in the ‘Gateway Cluster’ immediately to the west of London it is focused on delivering game changing R&D projects.

StoryFutures Academy is the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling led by the National Film and Television School, and partnered by Royal Holloway, University of London and Brunel University. Funded by the government’s industrial strategy challenge fund and part of UK Research and Innovation’s Audience of the Future Challenge. The Academy will develop creative training and research programmes in immersive storytelling to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of VR, AR and MR.

Meet the team

Professor James Bennett

Professor James Bennett

Director, StoryFutures & Co-Director, StoryFutures Academy

Dr Jon Wardle

Dr Jon Wardle

Co-Director, StoryFutures Academy

Will Saunders

Will Saunders

Chief Creative Officer, StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke

Head of Immersive, StoryFutures Academy

Dr Niki Strange

Dr Niki Strange

Executive Producer, StoryFutures

Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy

Head of Placements, StoryFutures Academy

Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck

Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck

StoryLab R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Adam Ganz

Adam Ganz

Co-Investigator, StoryFutures & Head of Writers Room, StoryFutures Academy

Sarah Smyth

Sarah Smyth

Immersive Programme Manager, StoryFutures Academy

Elaine Wong

Elaine Wong

Immersive Partnership Manager, StoryFutures Academy

Professor Polly Dalton

Professor Polly Dalton

Audience Insight R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Dr John Ellis

Dr John Ellis

Creative Data R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Ian Ferris

Ian Ferris

Innovation R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Kristina Glushkova

Kristina Glushkova

Business Impact Lead, StoryFutures

Dr Claude Heath

Dr Claude Heath

Creative Data, Senior Research Fellow

Moe Miah

Moe Miah

Creative Practitioner in Residence

Professor Mark Lycett

Professor Mark Lycett

Business R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Jude Middleton

Jude Middleton

StoryFutures Administrator

Moira Noble

Moira Noble

StoryFutures Manager

Dr Chloe Preece

Dr Chloe Preece

StoryLab Future Audience Researcher

Dr Laryssa Whittaker

Dr Laryssa Whittaker

StoryFutures Audience Insight, Research Fellow

Dr Andy Woods

Dr Andy Woods

StoryFutures Audience Insight, Senior Research Fellow

Olivia Hinkin

Olivia Hinkin

Events & Communications Co-ordinator, StoryFutures Academy

Chris Hogg

Chris Hogg

Digital Engagement Officer, StoryFutures Academy

Johnny Johnson

Johnny Johnson

Senior Technician (NFTS), StoryFutures Academy

Roderick Morgan

Roderick Morgan

StoryFutures Academy Technician