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. 

IE Design Consultancy residency by Bushra Zalloom

Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) provides PhD and Early Career Researchers at BIAD with career development opportunities outside the academy. Getting involved in a KED project will enable me to take my research expertise to a partner organization and to gain experience in a new professional field.  It was really great to work with Jayne Sharples who is managing the KED project for BIAD and with Dr Anne Boultwood who is the academic lead for the KED project.

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When I reviewed IE Design Consultancy’s Project Brief on the KED website, I found that there are many similarities in objectives between their project and part of my PhD research at BCU, as they both focus on assessing social impacts, understanding the target groups’ needs, early engagement for stakeholders, increasing awareness, promoting and branding aspects. I believe that we may exchange knowledge in a dynamic way that helps them to achieve their goal within a short period and help me to benefit from their experience as specialists in developing my skills in the mentioned fields.

I applied to the IE Design Consultancy project, and I was selected by the KED project team for the year 2014, my application had been successful, and I was awarded my first choice to work on the project with IE Design Consultancy, it is the first project for KED in this academic year. In her email on behalf of KED project, Jayne Sharples states that “You put forward a strong application and clearly outlined the contribution which you can make to the IE project. I am sure that you will make a success of this opportunity”. Her email motivated me to start this challenging project that combines between BCU, KED, and IE experts.

Accordingly, I contacted Mr. Ollie Leggett, the Managing Director at IE, and we arranged our first meeting with Michel Farr, IE’s Marketing Executive. During our meeting I received a briefing on the Careers Network rebrand project for the University of Birmingham (UoB), and the strategies that IE employed to transform the positioning, messaging and visual identity of the careers services there. Therefore it is very important to assess the impact of re-branding on all stakeholders (students, staff and employers) to ensure the real value behind this project and the return on investment (ROI) delivered to University of Birmingham. My research role is to assess these impacts and to create a framework to measure them. This framework includes the main aspects, and each aspect is underpinned with tangible and intangible indicators.

I believe that it is a very productive experience, a great opportunity for collaboration and knowledge exchange between all parties.

“The project with IE Design Consultancy promises to provide us with an excellent case study demonstrating the value a researcher can add by taking their research expertise in to a partner organisation.” – Jayne Sharples.

“IE is a little obsessed by measuring the impact of our work. In an industry where style and creative flair can safely be taken for granted we differentiate IE through our values, our sector specific expertise and – critically – the ROI we can deliver to clients. The KED project promises to provide us with a robust, independent piece of research that will measure the impact of our work for a prestigious client – University of Birmingham – whose project has already generated substantial interest from many other UK universities and careers professionals across the world.” – Ollie Leggett, Managing Director, IE Design Consultancy.

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Bushra Zalloom is a PhD student at the School of Architecture, BIAD whose research examines the social sustainability of urban landscape.

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!

Curate Your Career event

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Curate Your Career event this week! After an introduction by Dr Anne Boultwood, we had an interesting session by Prof Richard Coles who brought in some personal and strange artefacts such as the Coco de Mer seed that resonated with the development of his own career development, aims and aspirations. As a group this encouraged us to think about curating our own research career considering what has led us to our PhD journey and how we may move forward  and develop a research-related career post-PhD.

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The BIAD Research Mentoring Initiative was introduced by Dr Jacqueline Taylor and is now taking applications for mentees and mentors. Click here for more information and to apply.

This years Knowledge Exchange in Design scheme was introduced by Jayne Sharples. We were lucky enough to have two KED partners Ollie Leggett from IE Design Consultancy and Fran Welby to discuss their project briefs and to see Fran’s delightful jewellery in person! Click here for more information and to apply. Visit our KED page regularly as new project briefs will be regularly uploaded to the site.

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