Call for presentations!

We are looking for research mentoring and KED partnerships to give short pecha-kucha style presentations (10 slides in 5 minutes) for our final event of the academic year on Thursday 3rd July 2014.

The aim of the event is to hold a small symposium that shares and disseminates these projects. Alongside these presentations, there will also be other talks in this format to keep the event fast-paced, informal and fun.

We invite you to:

  • share your experiences
  • reflect on your partnership
  • discuss knowledge exchange

Within the 5 minutes we encourage you to do this in any creative ways that you feel are appropriate.

Deadline for applications: 09th June 2014

Download an application form to present here

Please email your completed application form to Dr Jacqueline Taylor at Jacqueline.Taylor@bcu.ac.uk by 9th June.

We will contact successful applicants on the week commencing 16th June 2014.

The Knowledge Exchange in Design: Coventry University and Herbert Art Gallery by Geraldine Marshall

For the last 3 years I have devoted my time to academic research, away from the commercial creative industry and employment. The Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) residency gave me an opportunity to rekindle these skills and put my current research ‘into practice’. It is all too easy to forget the world carries on outside the academic world, or room 104 BCU – Parkside, or even the elaborate shed/office at home; so I was very happy for the opportunity expand my practical professional development away from the confines of the pure academic research and reading.

I am presently working with KED colleagues at Coventry University and Herbert Art Gallery working on the ‘Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected collections’ research project. Further details can be found here. The KED partners at Coventry University are based at the Faculty of Business Environment and Society.

As part of the project an exhibition is due to take place at the Herbert Art Gallery, titled ‘Leaving, Crossing, Arriving: Stories of migration as told through correspondence’. The exhibition will be open 18th – 22nd May. Monday and Wednesday the exhibition is open to the public. On Tuesday the exhibition will be closed from public viewing to host three 40-minute school workshops.

The theme of the exhibition is to display the experience of migration through personal correspondence in the form of letters and images of the people who for various reasons have migrated. My role as part of the creative steering group is to curate the exhibition within the time frame and limited budget.

Having practical knowledge of commercial graphic design I was able to initiate the design of the publicity material (example below), and demonstrate illustrative options to the rest of the steering group regarding the setup of the exhibition.

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Herbert exhibition wall layout

Herbert exhibition wall layout

I was also able to source relevant artwork to be exhibited alongside the historical letter archive through my own research networking knowledge. somecities is a Birmingham based photography initiative co-founded by Dan Burwood and Andrew Jackson. The project is a city wide image-sharing website featuring more than 40,000 pictures of people, places and events taken in Birmingham. Photographers of all abilities are invited to submit the images directly to the somecities site here.

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somecities also work with partners across the creative, cultural, academic and voluntary sectors in Birmingham to train and cultivate the city’s photography community through a series of public talks, bursaries, workshops and sharing events. Most recently the project produced a series of images taken by a number of new migrants who undertook a collaborative photo workshop facilitated Dan Burwood and The Refugee Council. The photographers have kindly offered their images to be included in the exhibition. Below, some of the display options:

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I am only half way through this KED project but so far the experience has given me a fantastic opportunity to network with such exciting projects as somecities and open external dialogue with other faculties in other academic institution that I may not of had the opportunity to do so before. And I therefore look forward to updating you further as the KED placement continues.

Geraldine Marshall is a PhD researcher whose research examines urban letterforms in Birmingham.

KED in words, film and pictures by Jayne Sharples

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At the start of KED 2012/13 we asked researchers to share three key words to describe their experience of the KED project startup phase. The Wordle created from these words reminds us of the potential of Knowledge Exchange, and the ways in which it can enhance the researcher experience.

If you are involved in a KED project this year, do share your three key words to describe the startup phase of your KED project.

We can add the key words to last year’s Wordle and share the results.

Another visual reminder of KED 2012/13 is the film created to showcase the projects and to demonstrate to our funders the Arts and Humanities Research Council the return on their investment. It’s great to look back to the film and to hear from researchers and partner organisations the successes and outcomes enjoyed through the KED residencies. The film has proved to be an excellent and versatile resource. Its first showing at the June KED Symposium, was followed by a viewing as part of an educational workshop to fellow researcher developers at the annual Vitae Conference – these are just two examples of the many ways in which the film has helped us to get across key messages.

For researchers interested in film and researching how it is used as a communication tool in the heritage sector, check out the KED project on offer by IDM Media. Applications are required by mid March to take advantage of current funding. For further information contact Jayne Sharples: jayne@js-coaching.co.uk

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A new round of KED projects were launched at the Curate your Career event in December 2013 pictured above. For the full blog post about the event click here.

Pictures and stories shared on this website are a great way for us to collectively document and capture the great work of all involved in KED and the new mentoring initiative. We’ll soon also be adding content for ECRs.

Jacqueline our blog editor shares here a current call for content:

We’d  like to invite everyone involved in all the schemes and events run as part of BIAD Professional Development network to share their experiences, reflections and images on the blog as a guest author. Please get in touch!

If you would like to blog as a guest author, email Jacqueline at: Jacqueline.Taylor@bcu.ac.uk

And finally, a date for your diary. We are planning the next Professional Development Network event to take place on 9th April and will be posting more details soon.

KED Call for applications!

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We are pleased to invite you to submit an application to take part in the Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) scheme! This call is for projects which will take place between January and March 2014 and is open to BIAD PhD and Early Career Researchers.

Taking on a KED project is an excellent way for you to develop your professional experience and to engage with a partner organisation outside the academy.

The application process is easy:

1. Find more about KED on our BIAD Professional Development Network website by clicking here
2. Read through the partner project briefs to find out which research projects are of particular interest to you. The     projects are listed on the KED page of the website and also in the Resources section, with a downloadable document for each project.
3. Complete the application form and return to the BIAD Research Office via email to: biadresearch@bcu.ac.uk by the closing date of 6th January 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you!