A LIVERPOOL arts producer has been awarded a scholarship to study creativity in schools.
Nick Owen, 47, from Aigburth, has been given a three-year bursary by the University of Hull to carry out the research into original-thinking in the education system.
The investigation, which is being funded by Creative Partnerships Hull, is believed to be the only one of its kind currently taking place in the UK.
Mr Owen, who is director of the Wallasey ASPIRE Education Action Zone, has been working with 11 primary and secondary schools in Wirral to develop projects which improve academic standards and promote social inclusion.
Mr Owen, who also works as an arts consultant, said: "I'm interested to see how creativity impacts on learning across the whole school community.
"It's important to remember that creativity doesn't just drive the world of the arts, it drives our imagination in science, in technology."
Professor Derek Colquhoun, director of research at Hull University's Centre for Educational Studies, said he was delighted that Mr Owen had agreed to do the work.
He said: "This will have significant input into teacher training."