Design Council facilitates City scholarship to develop new products and services for UK's ageing population

City's Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice gets a boost for its interdisciplinary Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (MICL).

20 May 2013

City University London's Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice has received a boost for its interdisciplinary Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (MICL) from the Design Council. 

nullThe Design Council has collaborated with City on a competition brief titled 'How can we increase social and economic participation of older people?'.

The prospective MICL candidate who best answers this question will be awarded a Design Council scholarship to cover the cost of tuition fees during the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr Sara Jones, Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the Masters in Innovation Creativity and Leadership (MICL) at City, said:

"We are very excited to be working with the Design Council to develop ideas in such an important area and are delighted that they are able to provide us with the brief for this year's scholarship competition. The Design Council has over the years established an enviable record in discovering innovative solutions for integrating diverse sectors of our society into the built environment and we hope that their involvement in our competition will encourage a broad range of high calibre individuals to consider applying for the MICL."

Chief executive of the Design Council, John Mathers, said:

"The Design Council are delighted to be supporting the City University scholarship for the Masters in Innovation Creativity and Leadership. It is our mission to champion great design that improves lives and makes things better - this collaboration gives us the opportunity to encourage fresh-thinking in an increasingly important area. The number of people aged over 85 in the UK is expected to double in the next 20 years and treble in the next 30. One in five will live to get a telegram from the Queen, so it's vital that we nurture creative talent to find solutions and opportunities in the challenges an ageing population will bring."

The Design Council's scholarship programme was unveiled on 13 May at the end of the one-day ICLCity 2013 conference.

The conference featured several keynote talks, tours of the City Interaction Lab, and imaginative interactive sessions. CEO of NESTA (formerly the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Geoff Mulgan, spoke about ways in which the UK economy could be reshaped to amplify creativity, while the Design Council's Camilla Buchanan spoke about the Design Council's current projects. In a well-received presentation, Billie Kell of Ki Resolutions, also explored her experiences on the MICL post-graduate programme. 

For further information on the Design Council Scholarship, please click here.