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Bath Spa University

…Local enterprise encourages Bath Spa students to think big and achieve great things through creative thinking…

Corsham, Wiltshire - 29 September 2014 – Bath Spa University, in partnership with Ark Data Centres, has announced its inaugural ‘Creative Thinking Award’. The aim of the award is to challenge students to develop new concepts and ideas that demonstrate 21st century creative thinking with ideas involving some form of imaginary technological solution. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to present their ideas in person to the judging panel who will include Huw Owen, Jeff Thomas and Stephen Hall from Ark Data Centres and Professor Andrew Hugill, Professor of Creative Computing at Bath Spa University. The winner, who will be announced Tuesday 9th December 2014, will then be awarded a £1,500 prize sponsored by Ark Data Centres.

In universities, the divisions into subject disciplines - the distinctions between ‘arts’ and ‘sciences’ - and the demands of a particular type of study can leave no place for the kind of thinking that crosses boundaries or happens ‘in between the cracks’.

“Creative Thinking is the ability to come up with new and unconventional ideas,” explained Professor Andrew Hugill, Bath Spa University. “In a world of digital technology, this skill is all-important but all too often social conventions or educational pressures prevent us from thinking creatively. We are seeking exceptional ideas that offer new potential for technologies and that push the boundaries. This new prize epitomises our vision to be a leading institution for creativity, culture and enterprise.”

The Creative Thinking Award is available to any student undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Bath Spa University. The judging panel will be looking for lateral thinking, originality and innovation, whatever the area or field within which they occur.

“What we are looking for is the tenacious application of intellect which produces a concisely articulated proposition for an original and useful solution or product that assists people,” said Huw Owen CEO, Ark Data Centres. “As an organisation that encourages excellence amongst our personnel, we wanted to support a local university to discover and nurture this level of brilliance in our professionals of tomorrow. We are looking for something extraordinary and are very excited to see what the students of Bath Spa University are going to deliver.”

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 November. Students interested in participating in the award can find the terms and conditions and the necessary entry form at:

About Ark Data Centres

Ark Data Centres designs, constructs and operates the UK's most efficient data centres. It has pioneered the use of free air-cooling, a unique monitoring system, real time dynamic cooling and load matching technology that gives its clients the lowest TCO along with the greatest operational flexibility. Dedicated to innovation, Ark’s modular, state-of-the-art sites in Hampshire and Wiltshire will be the largest in Europe and were the first to contractually guarantee power usage efficiency (PUE) for clients.

An independent company that prides itself on being easy to do business with, Ark Data Centres boasts the lowest total cost of ownership in the world and has saved both millions of pounds and millions of tonnes of carbon for organisations in the defence, telecommunications, government and financial services sectors. Capable of operating at the highest levels of security, Ark’s incremental approach to building out its data centre campuses means it is constantly innovating, building to the latest operational requirements of its clients and minimising the operational legacy. Through an optimised logistics support chain it has and will continue to deliver operational data centres in just 12 weeks., Tel: 0845 389 3355,

About Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is where creative minds meet. Offering a wide range of courses across the arts, sciences, education, social science and business to 7,000 students, the University employs outstanding creative professionals, which support its aim to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise.

Based in stunning countryside just a few minutes from a World Heritage City, Bath Spa University ensures its students graduate as engaged global citizens who are ready for the world of work. In fact, 93 per cent of graduates find themselves in work or further study within six months.

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