The University of Salford’s partnership with global, creative software company Adobe provides huge benefits for both parties, giving students and researchers the opportunity to work with Adobe’s software development team while offering the company access to undergraduate, postgraduate and academic staff talent and expertise.
Adobe sponsors the University’s Research Hotel, an innovative space at its MediaCityUK building which encourages imagination, free thinking and collaboration between researchers and technology businesses.
One of the first projects undertaken at the Adobe Research Hotel involved students testing Adobe Anywhere for video, a new collaborative workflow platform for users of professional Adobe video products, prior to its launch. The University was the only education institution in the world to pilot the software in advance of it going to market.
This is just one of a series of opportunities from which students will benefit, including live projects and briefs, further software development, and highly coveted work placements with Adobe’s team across disciplines including television, film, commercials and animation.
Professor Brian Longhurst, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Media and Digital Futures, said: "Our partnership gives us a practical connection with the innovative work that Adobe is undertaking all the time. It brings together research, application, student work and our capacity to be a test bed for Adobe software.
“It shows how the University is now seen by cutting-edge, world-leading businesses and organisations. Adobe recognises what we are looking to achieve at MediaCityUK and the quality of graduates we will be producing. And it gives our students the exclusive opportunity to work on some really exciting projects, which is absolutely fantastic.”
Simon Williams, Director of Strategic Relations at Adobe, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Salford. The student work showcased through the Adobe Anywhere project reinforces our belief that the University’s relationships with the broadcast industry-partners will enable their graduates to be industry-ready and provides Adobe with great feedback on the development of the Adobe Anywhere for video solution."