Bridge Centres

Working with the Bridge Centres

"The Bridge Centres are key to Hughes Hall's external relevance and impact. Five years from now we hope to have launched many more." Dr Stephen Axford, Bridge Director

Hughes Hall hosts a number of Bridge Centres, presently including the Centre for Climate Change Engagement, Oracy Cambridge, and Cambridge Digital Innovation that function as focus points for the wider development and application of a number of special research activities and projects.

The Centre for Climate Change Engagement was established to increase awareness on the boards of private companies and to inform them of the need for urgent action. Climate change has not been given the priority it deserves on many boards, despite the potential for businesses to contribute in an important way through emissions reduction and by taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the transition to a low-carbon future. The Centre will also engage banks, investors, pension funds and regulators, institutions that can and do influence company action.   At the same time, it will be involved with academic research into the use of law and regulation as levers to increase corporate climate ambition, and with other relevant disciplines such as economics and marketing.

Oracy Cambridge is concerned with the effective use of talk in all aspects of professional and social life. Its aims are to: (a) raise awareness of the importance of effective spoken communication in society, and ways that it can be developed through education and work-related training, amongst policy makers and practitioners within the UK and internationally; (b) disseminate relevant research that can inform policy and practice; (c) host events that bring together those concerned with developing effective spoken communication in educational settings, workplaces and communities; and (d) build links between members of different professional communities concerned with the study and use of spoken communication.

Cambridge Digital Innovation stimulates interaction between industry professionals, policy-makers, academics, students and enthusiasts on the most exciting and impactful phenomena driving the digital revolution. The Study Centre’s goal is to bring together leaders in innovation, digital technologies, healthcare, and finance from across The University’s different departments and innovation spaces (e.g. incubators, the science park, and accelerators), along with external organizations, primarily those in healthcare and FinTech, and a growing global network of academic partners, based at MIT Sloan, INCAE, NYU, Stanford and other universities worldwide. A key focus of CDI as a Knowledge Hub is help develop and translate knowledge from academia into practice and policy. Our activity is therefore expected to be relevant to a large number of organisations in the for profit and not for profit sectors, across developed and developing economies.