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Engage 2015: Engaging with Impact

Call for Contributions

Engage Conference Bristol

2-3 December 2015 


The NCCPE is delighted to announce details of our forthcoming Engage conference on the 2nd and 3rd December 2015 at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol. We really hope you can to join us. We are particularly keen for contributions from participants in community university research partnerships. If you are keen to contribute to the conference read on to find out how.

Whilst Engage 2014 was a feast of engaged experiences exploring how to stimulate and inspire curiosity, Engage 2015 offers an opportunity to go deep into the dynamics of engaged research. We plan to tease out the dynamic relationship between engagement and impact, asking:

  • How can researchers find better ways of involving people from outside academia in conceiving, shaping, producing and applying powerful research?
  • Does such engagement actually create better research?
  • How can we find reliable ways to describe the wider social benefits that engagement can create?

Drawing on cutting edge practice across the disciplines we will explore what we know about how to make engagement processes work really well, on a local, national or global stage.

Conference format

  • The conference will be built around in depth plenary conversations led by people pushing the boundaries of what is possible across a range of disciplines. Interwoven with their stories will be café-style conversations hosted by people working at similar frontiers of practice.
  • Wrapped around the plenaries will be time out. These reflective sessions provide the opportunity to step back from your everyday practice and join conversations led by people doing exceptional work to make sense of engagement and impact.
  • For delegates just getting started with engagement, we are running a series of training sessions, introducing you to the wonderful world of engagement, collaboration and evaluation.
  • On Day 2 we will host a series of workshops, practical explorations of particular aspects of engaged practice led by experienced trainers and facilitators.
  • To close Day 1 we will be running our ever popular poster party. One of the liveliest and most involving ways of meeting wonderful people doing extraordinary work over a drink and nibbles.

If you would like to contribute to Engage 2015 by being a table host, time out host, workshop host or poster host, then click here. The deadline for submissions is 7th September.

Final Report ‘Higher Education & the Creative Economy’ & Conference Videos Published Online

On behalf of Dr. Roberta Comunian, Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College, London, we are happy to let you know that the final report of Beyond the Creative Campus network activities has now been published online. Alongside the videos from the plenary sessions of the final conference at King’s College London last year.
The report is entitled Beyond the creative campus: reflections on the evolving relationship between higher education and the creative economy and is the result of two year’s AHRC funded research network, charting the under-explored territory of the relation between universities and the creative economy, bringing together views and experiences form academics, creative and cultural practitioners and policy makers.
The tone of the report aims to set it apart from a policy document or an academic text to function more as a ‘critical friend’ for policy organisations, academics, creative practitioners, artists and cultural organisations who are planning on, or are already working together, reflecting on the key challenges and opportunities beyond the practical difficulties and possible rewards of each collaboration. It contains a helpful guide for academics and practitioners in the arts to familiarise themselves with terminology and dynamics specific to the arts sector. Beyond the Creative Campus worked with independent designer Adria Davidson to ensure the report itself is used as a creative bridge between higher education and the creative economy.
Some areas it focuses on are:
·        the relationship between universities, cultural regeneration and communities.
·        the key role played by ‘creative human capital’, such as graduates and staff who are often responsible for creating networks beyond the campus.
·        the idea of ‘third spaces’, hybrid physical and virtual platforms that allows the two sides to meet and interact.
·        the relationship between universities and the arts.
The report emphasises that importance of pushing the agenda forward and making sure the creative economy remains viable and sustainable for all involved. The report has received the praises of academic and cultural leaders. Deborah Bull, Director, Culture, at King’s College London highlights how it “strikes a welcome balance between critical reflection and practical guide, and will encourage a deeper understanding of why – and how – the cultural and higher education sectors interact and of the different types of value these collaborations can deliver”.
For more information about the project visit where you will be able to access the full report and videos from the conference.
Finally, Beyond the Creative Campus would also like to acknowledge the support of their Advisory Committee and colleagues who hosted the activities, as well as speakers and participants who contributed to the four research seminars across the UK, the two international workshops in Australia and also the final conference in London.

New £4million for WW1 Centenary projects

Understanding the FWW
Actors performing a play about the experiences of women who worked in the Birmingham small arms factory during the war
Clocking On: a community performance depicting the experiences of female workers at the Birmingham Small Arms factory during the First World War
Demand for National Lottery money for projects marking the Centenary of the First World War has been phenomenal, reflecting the war’s significance and lasting legacy.
In recognition of this, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is making an additional £4million of funding available so that even more communities can get involved.


Find out about this additional funding here


HMS M.33: an incredible story of survival from Gallipoli
This week, the only ship to survive the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, HMS M.33, will open to the public for the first time following a major National Lottery funded restoration. In a blog for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, HLF’s new Chair Sir Peter Luff talks about his personal connection to the ship and why it’s so important that she, her crew and the campaign are remembered 100 years on.

Read Sir Peter Luff’s Blog


Inspired? Find out how you can take part in the Centenary
Since the start of the Centenary, hundreds of thousands of people have been exploring the stories of the First World War that matter to them: from the role of hospitals and workers in munitions factories, to the experiences of troops from Britain and overseas and people who opposed the war.
If you would like to do a First World War Centenary project, take a look at some of the projects we have already funded for inspiration.

Find out how communities are uncovering First World War stories


If you are interested in studying the FWW from the HLF, you should also bear in mind the work of the Five Engagement Centres for research in this area, which are listed below:

Voices of War and Peace, University of Birmingham,