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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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.

‘We could all benefit from a mentor’ by Toni Mayner

I joined the mentoring scheme because I wanted to decide whether studying a PhD was the right thing for me. What I didn’t expect, was the impact that meeting other PhD students and hearing about their research would have on my decision.

Having spent 18 months attending courses and researching the possibilities, the enthusiasm about their subjects, shared experiences, opportunities and challenges that the mentors and mentees have shared and expressed at our meetings have all led me to decide that a PhD is possible and something that will enhance me and my work.

I have never had a mentor before and have found the experience to be delightful. My mentor is generous with his knowledge and has already shared a considerable amount of  his in-head bibliography on sources of inspiration, references and others artistic practice with me whilst enabling me to explore and refine my ideas.

At the recent professional development event the word we discussed as a group was ‘sustainability’. There were many interpretations of what this might represent, however, for me at this time, the mentoring scheme, catch-up events and research cafes all contribute to my being able to sustain the commitment and work required in achieving study at this level and have transformed what was an individual experience into me becoming part of a research community.

Toni Mayner is a lecturer at the School of Jewellery and a practicing jewellery artist whose current research examines themes of loss and remembrance.

Celebrating professional development!

Right now, we’re holding our Celebrating Professional Development event. Yes, that’s right – we’re live blogging!

The aim of today’s session is to celebrate BIAD researchers as creative individuals, and their development through knowledge exchange and working collaboratively. As well as PhD researchers from both Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) and Research Mentoring schemes, there are also faculty staff and we are delighted to welcome external KED partners from a range of organisations including IE Design, Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG).

So far, Prof Richard Coles has welcomed us with a story of Archimedes in the bath as a way of thinking about the journey that leads us to that unexpected Eureka! moment. Jacqueline Taylor then introduced the BIAD Professional Development Network and our Research Mentoring scheme.

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This was followed by a talk by one our mentoring partnerships Gregory Dunn and Zoe Millman. This provided insights into their mentoring relationship and how it has grown to be supportive and productive for both mentee and mentor.

Jayne Sharples introduced the KED scheme, going back to how it started and current residencies as at IE DesignIkon Gallery and a collaborative project at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery and Coventry University.

Following this, Sian Vaughan has introduced our activity. Our participants have been split into four groups in which each group has been given an Easter egg. After being unwrapped, each egg has revealed the group’s themes iced onto their egg: collaboration, sustainability, impact or discipline. Participants are encouraged to break off bits and to share their thoughts as they do and are currently discussing these themes …

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There have been some really interesting and thought-provoking conversations around these themes which have only strengthened the importance of the schemes we are running and the need for them to be sustained. We are looking forward to unpicking these further and incorporating them into our future events this year.

Of course, we couldn’t properly celebrate professional development without food and drink! After final remarks from Anne Boultwood, participants are now continuing their conversations over wine and canapés. There is a real buzz and we hope it has been an enjoyable evening for all and thank everyone for coming!

We would love to hear from you! Continue discussions by adding any comments to this or any other posts. If you would like to write a blog post for us, email our website editor Jacqueline Taylor at Jacqueline.taylor@bcu.ac.uk. 

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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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.

Research Mentoring Initiative launch

The BIAD Research Mentoring Initiative has now officially launched! Through a successful induction event held at the School of Art, Margaret Street, both mentors and mentees were able to meet each other and engage in discussion over tea, coffee and cake.

We are please to announce that there are 18 researchers taking part in the initiative, forming 9 partnerships overall. Those involved include PhD researchers at various stages of their study, recently completed students (Early Career Researchers) and those actively thinking about embarking on PhD study at BIAD.

There are researchers from a multitude of rich and diverse backgrounds from School of Jewellery, School of Art and Parkside campuses, incorporating home, EU and overseas students and practitioners across a range of disciplines from Philosophy to Typography, Fine Art and Idea Management.

We wish all of our mentoring partnerships the best of luck and look forward to hearing about how they are developing!

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Regularly check our website to stay updated on the Research Mentoring Initiative, read posts by mentors and mentees about their experiences and more. You can follow us by clicking on the link at the right-hand side of the page to receive email updates when new posts are published.