frequently asked questions

What is the HRC?

How can I contact the HRC?

What are the research interests of the HRC?

What is the MA in Hypermedia?

Is there any collaboration between the HRC and other new media courses?

How do I study for a doctorate at the HRC?

How is the HRC connected with the new media industry in London?

How do I sponsor the HRC?

Does the HRC organise public events?

Who are the HRC?

answers

What is the HRC?

We are a research group composed of academics, artists, artisans, designers and writers. We are based at the Harrow campus of the University of Westminster in London, England. As well as carrying out academic research and working in the commercial sector, we teach on the MA in Hypermedia Studies, the PhD in Communications, the BA in Contemporary Media Practice and other degree courses at the University of Westminster.

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How can I contact the HRC?

You can contact us in a variety of ways:

MA course enquiries: richard@hrc.wmin.ac.uk

MA application forms: L.Chester@westminster.ac.uk

HRC office: +44 (0)20 7911 5000 x 4590

MA room: +44 (0)20 7911 5000 x 4597

School fax number: +44 (0)20 7911 5943

Surface address:

Hypermedia Research Centre

School of Media, Art and Design

University of Westminster

Watford Road

Harrow

HA1 3TP

UK

MA Application forms:

Carla Alonzo

Post-Graduate Office

School of Media, Art and Design

University of Westminster

Watford Road

Harrow

HA1 3TP

UK

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What are the research interests of the HRC?

Our research is concentrated in three main areas:

Digital Economy and Society - Richard Barbrook
Website Design and Navigation - Laura Jordan
Software Art and Cyber-psychology - Rachel Collinson

If you are interested in any of these research topics, please contact the relevant members of staff.

We are also interested in making contact with people carrying out research into other aspects of the Net and new media.

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What is the MA in Hypermedia?

The MA in Hypermedia Studies is a post-graduate course for the artist-engineers of the digital future. This masters degree combines a rigorous theoretical analysis of technological convergence with hands-on involvement in practical research.

For more information about the MA in Hypermedia Studies, please contact Richard Barbrook.

If you would like an application form for the MA course, please contact Lisa Chester.

Work by students on the MA in Hypermedia Studies can be seen on their website: hypermedia.wmin.ac.uk.

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Is there any collaboration between the HRC and other new media courses?

The HRC is working with the E-media Centre, Estonian Academy of Arts, which is based in Tallinn, Estonia. Students from the MA in Hypermedia Studies work with their peers from the MA in Interactive Multimedia in Tallinn on collaborative on-line projects on one of the practical modules. Staff from the HRC and the E-media Centre also teach on the theory modules of both MAs.

There are opportunities for students from MA in Hypermedia Studies to study at the E-media Centre as part of the course.

For more information about the E-media Centre, check out their website: e-media.artun.ee.

For more information about the Estonian Academy of Arts, check out their website: artun.ee.

The HRC is exploring the possibility of working with other new media courses based within the European Union and the candidate countries.

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How do I study for a doctorate at the HRC?

Members of the HRC are involved in the PhD in Communications both as supervisors and as doctoral students. The Graduate Centre of the School of Communications and Creative Industries attracts talented students from across the world to carry out research into many different aspects of media at the University of Westminster.

If you would like an application form and more information about PhD in Communications, please contact Alison Sorrell.

If you would like to carry out your research for the PhD in Communications in association with the HRC, please contact our office.

The doctoral students of the HRC are:

Maren Hartmann
Metaphors of Cyberspace
Maren.Hartmann@vub.ac.be

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How is the HRC connected with the new media industry in London?

The HRC works closely with Lateral - an independent web design consultancy. Members of the company organise and teach on practical modules of the MA in Hypermedia Studies. Lateral was established in 1997 and has subsequently won many industry awards. Lateral provides its clients with creative strategies which are implemented in conjunction with a support network of symbiotic business partnerships. This pioneering approach has attracted recognition both within the new media industry as well as among the wider consumer market. Lateral's client list includes: Levi's USA; Levi's vintage; RSPCA; Bloomsbury Books; Stella Artois; and Boddingtons. For more information, check out the Lateral website.

The HRC also collaborates with New Media Knowledge (NMK) - a not-for-profit body owned by the University of Westminster which provides learning and business support for digital media companies. NMK organises a programme of conferences, seminars, courses, research projects and publications. One of the organisation's core strengths is its expertise in developing knowledge clusters and networks of innovative small companies. For more information, check out the NMK website.

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How do I sponsor the HRC?

The MA in Hypermedia Studies offers an opportunity for companies to become involved in the work of the HRC through the sponsorship of bursaries for research students. Each post-graduate student is required to carry out a major research project as an integral part of their course. A variety of sponsorship opportunities exist at different levels.

If you would like to sponsor a student on the MA course, please contact our office.

Members of the HRC are working with various companies on research exploring the potential of hypermedia. The costs of such research work are subject to negotiation. If you would like to discuss sponsoring a member of staff or a doctoral student, please contact our office.

A standard bursary contract is available which protects the sponsor, the student or staff member and the University of Westminster.

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Does the HRC organise public events?

The staff and students of the HRC are closely involved in CyberSalon - a regular event which takes place at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) and the Global Cafe in central London. Cybersalon hosts discussions where influential and knowledgeable figures debate with the audience about issues important to those working with new media. In addition, these events also showcase digital projections, video-projections, performances, webcasting, live VJs and music. For further information about past, present and future Cybersalons, check out its website.

Every year, students on the MA in Hypermedia Studies organise a degree show. For more details, see the MA student website.

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Who are the HRC?

Rachel Collinson (Development and Design)

Richard Barbrook (Writing)

Our MA and doctoral students are also an integral part of the HRC.

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