Learn and Train

Following our inaugural conference in May, we will be running four intensive workshops which address the skill sets needed to form a sustainable and independent research practice in the public sphere. These workshops are supported by the Graduate School at King’s College London, and are limited to King’s postgraduate students only.

1. Impact and Research Communication Skills

21st July 2014, 1230 – 1800
This workshop is designed to develop the necessary skills for effectively communicating the significance of research, particularly outside the immediate environment of fellow-specialists. The relevance of this training will be far-reaching in a range of contexts (grant applications, seminar and conference presentations, publications, job applications, and all forms of contact with the media) central to any researcher’s career.  There are practical skills-based exercises and opportunities for discussion and feedback throughout.
You will need to send a 350-word description of the research or dissertation project you would like to work on to ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk and penny.newell@kcl.ac.uk by the 27th June 2014 to participate in this workshop.

Led by Josie Dixon, Lucian Consulting.

2. Reaching people with simple do-it-yourself online tools

26th September 2014, 1400 – 1700

In this workshop, David Gauntlett invites you consider a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach to connecting and communicating about your research. Although some aspects of publication and impact typically involve having to ask editors and producers for permission to do things, there is actually a lot you can do yourself, quite simply, right now.
By using straightforward online tools, such as blog systems, Twitter, and YouTube, researchers can share their work, exchange ideas, and reach a range of audiences.
The workshop will look at online examples, as well as including hands-on exercises. We will consider how, when and why to blog and tweet; how much stuff to give away; and how to do it all while maintaining a professional reputation.
The workshop requires no previous experience, and offers reassuring thoughts to those fearful of blogs, or plagiarists, or being invisible.

We anticipate a high volume of interest for this workshop, so please only book a place if you know you are able to attend. Book here.

David Gauntlett is a Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design at University of Westminster. He has written several books, including the bestselling Making is Connecting, as well as developing a significant online presence for more than 15 years. He says he has no particular technical skills but just did it himself ‘in the normal way – trial and error – with some emphasis on error’.

3. Cultural Collaborations

1st December 2014, 1400 – 1800
This workshop will examine the myriad ways in which researchers can collaborate, cooperate, conspire with and inspire museums, galleries and other heritage institutions. We will work individually, in small groups and collectively to explore:
  •    Reframing your research according to your audience, and to your cultural or exhibition context
  •    Pitching projects to potential collaborators and funders.
  •    How research, outreach and impact are defined by different funding bodies and agencies

We will work on practical case studies as well as theoretical ones and look at public channels ranging from Wikipedia to academic journals. Please bring a 50-60 word abstract of your current research topic with you to the workshop.

To book: https://culturalcollaborations.eventbrite.co.uk

Kate Dorney is senior curator of modern and contemporary performance at the Victoria & Albert Musem and co-editor of the Routledge journal, Studies in Theatre and Performance. She has published widely in the area of modern and contemporary theatre and performance curation, documentation and practice. She curated the redisplay of the Theatre & Performance galleries at the V&A and has worked on a range of display and interpretation projects including the film Encounters in the Archive (LCF/V&A) and the ipad app Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays. She is an artistic assessor for Arts Council England, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the Research Careers and Training Advisory Group and was an impact and output assessor for subpanel 35 (Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts) for REF.

4. Research with Reach ideas lab

15th December 2014, 1400-1800
Led by the convenors of Research with Reach, this lab-style workshop will be a chance to bring personal projects to the table. We will discuss your projects, looking at their strengths and weaknesses; the ways to enhance their communication, structure, content and future development. You will leave with a clear outline of the necessary goals for realising your personal project, informed by tailored resources and focussed discussion.
Led by Ella Parry-Davies and Penny Newell
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