The first Research to Profession workshop took place on 6th March 2013 in the Roscoe Building at the University of Manchester. The aim of the session was to greet the shortlisted candidates for the Research to Profession strand and to outline expectations of the process.
The first question under consideration was: “what does a research to profession placement look like anyway?”. The researchers in attendance shared ideas about the “perfect placement” and what that might look like (see photo above). We also had a lively debate about what to call these partnerships – many believed that the word “placement” was not suitable for researchers and that “partnership” or even “researcher in residence” were perhaps more appropriate terms. As with the Research to Public workshops, we spent some time discussing the benefits of working with cultural organisations, as well as how researchers might work with cultural organisations when designing research partnerships. The final part of the day was spent discussing the importance of reflective practice in the whole process.
It was an excellent opportunity to meet those who will be involved in research partnerships and we look forward to working with them as they embark on this exciting opportunity!
Working with and training Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers
Thursday 28th February, 10am-4pm, The Manchester Museum
In this interactive workshop, Postgraduates/Early Career Researchers and heritage professionals will jointly explore effective ways of working together. By developing mutually beneficial partnerships, we will look at how researchers develop their engagement skills and heritage organisations make the most of researchers and the distinctive contribution contemporary research can make to their collections and spaces. There will be case studies and speakers offering perspectives from both museum and research contexts.
As part of the ‘Afterlife of Heritage Research’ training programme, seed funding is being offered to put on an event, exhibition or engagement activity by June 2013. The workshop will include time and space to work on seed funding competition proposals.
The ‘Afterlife of Heritage Research’ Project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and will be providing a number of training and development workshops and opportunities which will enable postgraduate research students and early career researchers from across the Humanities to identify, understand and ‘translate’ the benefits of their research into ‘real-life’ contexts within the heritage and cultural sectors.
We are looking for expressions of interest from cultural institutions in the North West to take part in this project by:
• Participating in the workshop: “Working with and training postgraduate research students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs)” at the Manchester Museum (Thursday 28th February 2013) and/or
• Offering placement opportunities to postgraduate research students/ECRs
Please see the Expression of Interest for Cultural Partners on how to participate.
We received a great number of very exciting projects – the selection will now happen in January.
In the meantime, the dates for the Research to Public workshops have been scheduled – pencil them in your diaries:
24th January, 10 to 4pm, Roscoe building room 3.9 (University of Manchester)
28th February, 10 to 4pm, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum.
The Facebook Group of the ‘Afterlife of Heritage Research’ is now up; see you there!
*Deadline for Expression of Interest: Friday 30th November 2012 (download the EoI below)*
The ‘Afterlife of Heritage Research’ Sklls Training Project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and will be providing a number of training and development workshops and opportunities which will enable postgraduate research students and early career researchers from across the Humanities to identify, understand and ‘translate’ the benefits of their research into ‘real-life’ contexts within the heritage and cultural sectors. Those participating in the project will work closely with cultural partners.
There are three strands within the programme: Research to Public; Research to Profession and Research to Business. The project is designed to span various disciplines within the arts, social sciences and humanities and is led by the Institute for Cultural Practices at The University of Manchester and the School of Art & Design at The University of Salford, in collaboration with artsmethods@manchester.
We are looking for expressions of interest from PGRs and Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) from UK Universities to take part in one or more skills training strands of the project. This is an ideal opportunity to:
- understand the public impact of your research and how to turn your research into a public output;
- gain professional experience in the arts, cultural and heritage sector by participating in a placement scheme; and
- explore how to turn your research into a business or social enterprise and to be mentored and guided by experts in that area.
All training workshops and training will take place between December 2012 and July 2013. Workshops and events will take place in Manchester and Salford. Some meetings with industrial mentors (Research to Business strand) may take place outside the North West. Travel (and where necessary accommodation) expenses will be reimbursed.
Download the Expression of Interest
Deadline for Expression of Interest: Friday 30th November 2012
If you have any questions about the Training Programme and/or the Expression of Interest, please contact Emily McIntosh, Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org