UWS’s Professor Nick Higgins, academic lead on the project and Director of the Creative Media Academy, added: “Working with ISO has been an incredibly positive experience, and we are delighted that the project has received an A-grade from Innovate UK.
“The academic input has really helped ISO to take their work to a new level – and I look forward to seeing the studio continue to grow.”
The A-graded KTP helped ISO accelerate their ambitions in terms of developing an in-house Innovation Lab, isoLABS – a sector first, and something only seen in much larger commercial companies. This has made a direct contribution towards securing several multi-year and multi-million-pound international commissions, from countries including Denmark and Oman and a major R&D award from Innovate UK, working with Tramway on developing new digital tools to assist with the post-Covid recovery of venues.
ISO is now seen as not just a design services supplier, but much more as a partner in the early-stage development of client projects, especially those with a strong innovation or research-led requirement.
Through the KTP programme, the academic partner employs a KTP Associate who works for the industry partner, with academic supervision. Following her experience on the project, ISO’s KTP Associate Verena Henn is now employed as Head of Research and Innovation by the studio, a major achievement in the male-dominated tech industry.
The ISO project received support from academics in UWS’s School of Business and Creative Industries, and School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences. It was funded by Innovate UK, alongside the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Scottish Funding Council.