High five!

Thank you to everyone who came to the High fives: spaces for doctorateness symposium including all our speakers for bringing such interesting, honest and diverse insights and energy to the day.

There’s been some great feedback about the 5 minute pecha-kucha style presentations establishing a rhythm and maintaining engagement throughout the afternoon. There were also positive comments on bringing researchers together and – as was raised as an important and not to be underestimated element in facilitating communities and conversions – lots of nice food and drink!

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BIAD will shortly be merging with the Faculty of Performance, Media and English (PME) to become the International Faculty of Arts, Design and Media comprising 9 schools (Architecture; Art; Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design; Jewellery; Visual Communication; Acting; English; Media; the Conservatoire).

High fives really highlighted the exciting potential and spaces opened up by researchers creating dialogues between these Faculties, as well as beyond, through talks by researchers at the School of Education, the School of Health, the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE) and PGRNet, BCU’s Postgraduate Researcher Network.

Whilst professional development and ‘doctorateness’ may be in part specific to the context of certain faculties or schools, it seems that such conversations across BCU open up spaces for a multifaceted and expanded sense of doctorateness through fostering a rich, diverse and supportive research community, enhancing personal and professional development and well-being amongst researchers.

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Successful end to a successful year

Yesterday we held the final event in our PDN calender. High fives: spaces for doctorateness was a great success; we had representatives from across the University, as well as some of our external partners. It gave us the space to reflect on the work we’ve all been doing over the year and to celebrate the achievements of those taking part. We were particularly pleased to welcome people from the Faculty of Performance, Media and English, who will soon be joining us in our new, joint faculty.

Following presentations from the PDN team, we had talks from participants in the two schemes: KED and RMI. Mark Walker and Joanna Fursman used the city as a metaphor to tell us about their mentoring partnership; Dee Skinner and Peipei Yu talked about the challenges of moving from a teacher-student relationship to a mentoring one; and Camille Chinneck and Yi Wu told how the coffee vouchers we provided allowed them to keep their mentoring meetings separate from their working space. Apparently, one of the advantages of their partnership was that Camille was able to give Yi tips on how to handle their joint supervisor.

We heard about two KED partnerships. Bushra Zalloom had worked with IE Design evaluating the impact of their rebranding of the University of Birmingham’s Career Network. Bushra wasn’t able to be with us yesterday but recorded her contribution to their presentation given by Mike Farr from IE Design. Geraldine Marshall worked with the Herbert Art Gallery, promoting and curating an exhibition, and told us of the challenges and rewards of working with academics with no design or exhibition experience.

We also had presentations from across the University: Tim Wall from Performance, Media and English, Robert Ashford from Health, and Ian McDonald from Technology, Engineering and the Environment, all told us about their PhD programmes and how they approach doctorateness in ther faculties. Kirsten Forkert and Mohammed Mayouf showed us the serious, and not so serious, things they do at PGRNet. And Mandy French gave a very entertaining talk on how she evolved from a straight, educational researcher to a maverick, postmodern questioner.

The short, pecha-kucha style presentations gave an energised feel to the proceedings, together with some laughs as speakers tried to keep pace with their slides. We ended with a lively discussion around the nature of doctorateness, how it is acquired, and thoughts on where we go from here. Finally, we enjoyed some well-earned drinks and canapés, taking the opportunity to network, chat to friends, and catch up with partners and colleagues we hadn’t seen for a while.

Jacqueline Taylor took lots of photographs, some of which she will shortly publish here, and we used the event as an opportunity to throw out a challenge – to come up with a more exciting name for PDN. Mandy French suggested Community rather than Network, a suggestion we really like, but can you come up with anything better? The prize, generously donated by the PDN team, is a £5 coffee voucher.

High fives: spaces for doctorateness symposium

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It’s nearly time for our High fives: spaces for doctorateness symposium which will be held on Thursday 3rd July, 3-6:30pm, Parkside, room P132 !

We’ve got a fast-paced, informal and fun afternoon lined up that shares and disseminates Knowledge Exchange in Design research residencies and the BIAD Research Mentoring Initiative run this academic year. There will be short pecha-kucha style talks by project participants and researchers in other faculties opening up cross-disciplinary spaces to consider what doctorateness may mean today.

3:00pm  Registration and refreshments
3:15pm  Framing professional development talks
              Jayne Sharples, Dr Sian Vaughan, Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Dr Anne Boultwood
3:45pm  Project participant talks
              Bushra Zalloom and Mike Farr, Dr Mark Walker and Joanna Fursman, Camille
              Chinneck and Yi Wu, Geraldine Marshall, Delia Skinner and Peipei Yu
4:15pm  Across the University talks
              Prof Tim Hall, Prof Richard Ashford, Ian McDonald, Amanda French, Dr Kirsten
              Forkert and Mohammed Mayouf
4:45pm  Discussion
5:30pm  Drinks, canapés and networking.

There are still some tickets available so be sure to click here to register. All welcome!