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Issue 18, 9 June 2022
Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our June bulletin with summer finally on the horizon.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us at our recent Evidence Café and Getting Involved events and we are delighted to announce a number of new events coming up throughout June.

Next week, we host our next Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN) event on the topic of KE Metrics and on June 21st we shall be hosting our second Leadership Workshop with Clore Leadership on the theme of leading with uncertainty. 

Then on June 23rd, we invite you to join us at Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency, a day that brings together a wide range of contributors across the arts, academia and policy spheres on this most urgent of topics.

NCACE Repository
NCACE’s Evidence Repository offers a unique and growing online resource of materials relating to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors. We welcome contributions across all repository themes but in particular on the themes of Climate Emergency, Climate Justice and Net Zero in the run up to our event on June 23rd. Do get in touch with us if you would like to share information about research collaborations you are undertaking in this field. Email: in the first instance.

NCACE Publications and Reports
Our  recent research reports include:

HEIs’ Engagement with the Arts and Cultural Sector: Evidence from the Knowledge Exchange Framework 2021 Narratives (Dr Federica Rossi, Dr Valentina Rizzoli, Emily Hopkins)

Collaborating with Higher Education Institutions: Findings from NCACE Survey with Arts Professional (Evelyn Wilson, Emily Hopkins, Dr Federica Rossi)

The Role of ‘Place’ in Collaborations Between HEIs and the Arts and Cultural Sector (Dr Federica Rossi, Emily Hopkins)

NCACE is a four year initiative funded by Research England and led by TCCE. Our regional hub partners are: Bath Spa University, Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University

We thank you for your readership and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Evelyn Wilson (Co-Director, NCACE) and Noshin Sultan (Project and Partnerships Manager, NCACE)

NCACE Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN): Hack KE Metrics
Thursday 16 June, 14:00 - online

This session of the NCACE Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN) will get hands on with and hack issues with metrics and reporting that are and aren’t raised in the current Research England Knowledge Exchange Funding Review. KIN will use key questions to provide a framework for an interactive, informal and confidential peer to peer space for those involved in cultural knowledge exchange and impact development to share insights and issues pertaining to KE reporting and metrics. Following the session, participants will be invited to contribute to a blog or short crowd sourced paper which will be hosted on the NCACE website. 

If you have responsibility for activating, nurturing and reporting on knowledge exchange activities with the arts and cultural sector in a higher education setting, this event is for you. It will also be relevant to those from the arts and cultural sector who collaborate with higher education research and knowledge exchange. We will assume that those attending the event are keen to engage with the questions raised in recent reviews of KEF and KE funding, or indeed to highlight issues that they feel should be addressed but have been overlooked. 

Facilitators include: Dr Astrid Breel (Bath Spa University), Sian Brittain (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Suzie Leighton (NCACE).

NCACE / Clore Leadership Workshop: Leading Through Uncertainty
Tuesday 21 June, 9:30 am - online

Our second NCACE Leadership Workshop held in collaboration with Clore Leadership will focus on leading through uncertainty. Participants will explore their personal attitudes to change and challenge, and consider these in relation to their role as established or aspiring leaders in the higher education or arts and cultural sectors. The workshop will use a combination of reflection, small group working and peer to peer discussion to consider key challenges and explore how finding allies, using your networks and developing good collaborations can support your leadership journey. Facilitators include: Emma HaughtonDr Rebekka KillPawlet Brookes MBESuzie Leighton and Kate Atkinson. Last few spaces remaining

Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency:
Shining a light on the contribution of Higher Education and culture led collaboration to our understandings of climate emergency, climate justice and net zero.

Thursday 23 June, 10:00 - online

Climate Emergency is a key theme under-pinning our work and we are creating spaces for conversations around cultural collaborations on climate emergency, climate justice and related arising themes and concerns. We are exploring how, where and why these are, and have been, emerging, how they are being supported, what their impacts are and the role that policy, funding initiatives and other factors are playing, or have the potential to play, in their development.

Through this Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency workshop we are setting out to create a space to:

  • highlight the role of collaborative initiatives with a focus on climate emergency, climate justice, net zero and related areas that are occurring between key stakeholders including: Higher Education, the arts and cultural sector, local authorities, community partnerships and other relevant actors
  • showcase a diverse range of research projects and creative collaborations from around the country and beyond.
  • encourage dialogue, discussion and information sharing between researchers and others working in Higher Education, arts and cultural practitioners, policy-makers and funders on this most timely and important of topics.
Contributors will include: Fehinti Balogun (actor and writer Can I Live?), Stephen Bennett (artist and Co-Head, Policy Lab), Andrew Bedford (Head of Greenspace & Leisure, Islington Council), Rachel Briscoe (CEO/lead artist, Fast Familiar), Dr Ed Brookes (University of Hull), Anne-Marie Culhane (Fellow at the GSI and an eco-social artist, Global Systems institute), Dr Ria Dunkley (Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow), Rachael Duthie (Theatre Alibi), Dr Alba Abad Fernandez and Dr Sarah-Jane Judge (University of Edinburgh and Engage Nepal with Science), Linda France (Poet and Climate Writer, New Writing North and Newcastle University), Jaime Jackson (artist)Johanna Kieniewicz (Head of Education and Research Collaborations, King's Culture), Sophie Laggan (University of the West of England, Bristol), Professor Ann Light (University of Sussex), Justin McGuirk (AHRC Programme Director, Future Observatory and Design Museum), Professor Roberta Mock (Executive Dean, School of Performing and Digital Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London), Sian Moxon (Senior Lecturer & Technology Coordinator: Sustainability, The School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University and Founder, Rewild My Street), Dr Neelam Raina (Associate Professor, Design and Development, Middlesex University)Pauline Rutter (Artist, Researcher, Poet-in-residence and TCCE Associate), Dr David Sergeant (Associate Professor in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, University of Plymouth), Jane Tarr (Arts Council England) and Katy Vanden (Cap-a-Pie Theatre).

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Cultures of Place
24 June 2022 – 4 July 2022

Cultures of Place is a celebratory showcase of exhibitions, installations, performances, workshops, podcasts, talks and discussions about place. The School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Huddersfield, in collaboration with Temporary Contemporary and Kirklees Council, invites you to take part in a range of projects drawing on research taking place now by academic staff and postgraduate research students. All the projects within this programme present different creative and cultural engagements with place across the subject areas of art, architecture, creative writing, cultural studies, graphic design, English literature, fashion, film, history, media, music, performance, photography and textiles.

Arts & Humanities Research Council Bursaries
Clore Leadership are working in partnership with the AHRC to provide course bursary opportunities for Arts and Humanities academics based within a UK Higher Education Institution research organisation who are committed to developing as a cultural leader. Up to two full course fee bursaries are offered. To be eligible applicants must be working in one of the AHRC’s subject domains. More details, including information on eligibility, how to apply as well as how to book for application Q&As available here. Closing date: 6 July 2022.

Call for abstracts – “Research uses of HEBCI survey data and future development of the HEBCI”
A one-day workshop is being organized by Dr Federica Rossi (Birkbeck Department of Management) and Dr Abhijit Sengupta (Surrey Business School) in partnership with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) focussing on the well-known HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) data set, its ongoing HESA led review and future plans. The HE-BCI dataset is a valuable resource for policy makers, university managers and researchers understanding the innovation and knowledge exchange (KE) ecosystem and its role within the HE sector. Over the last two decades, it has proved to be immensely resourceful for all its stakeholders and has become a crucial input to KE funding distribution, policy interventions and research outputs. HESA is welcoming academics, researchers, and users of the data outputs to share their experiences of using its data and their future plans for research and exploratory work. We would like to invite interested researchers to submit a short (max 500 word) abstract for a potential 20-minute presentation. Deadline for submission: 30th June 2022.

Highlights from the Evidence Repository
With over 150 free resources related to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors, there is something for a range of different readers.

NCACE Action Research Report: Skills and Capacity for Knowledge Exchange with the Arts and Cultural Sector, scopes out, reviews and summarises the existing evidence and research on the skills and capacity of the arts and higher education sector related to the development of effective collaboration and knowledge exchange. Visit the Evidence Repository to access other available resources.
This month's blog Practice as Research and Knowledge Exchange Café’s (PARKE): Methodologies to connect beyond academia is by David Hockham (Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Scenography), Ghislaine Boddington (Reader in Digital Immersion), Jorge Lopes Ramos (Associate Professor in Contemporary Performance) and Carlos Eduardo Pires (PhD Researcher) based at the University of Greenwich.

Practice as Research and Knowledge Exchange Café’s (PARKE): Methodologies to connect beyond academia
The Co-Creating Liveness in Embodied Immersion Research Group (CLEI), within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (FLAS) at the University of Greenwich, looked to opening up ways in which multiple types of stakeholders might come together to identify new practice-based research and Knowledge Exchange projects. This built on research Becoming civic centred – A case study of the University of Greenwich’s Bathway Theatre based in Woolwich (Ellis, Hockham, Rolle and Zigomo: 2020) which identified the interconnected framework of resources, relationships, and results in Higher Education Community Partnerships as well as other long-term research by CLEI Founders Ghislaine Boddington, David Hockham and Jorge Lopes Ramos.

We are keen to hear about your collaborative projects or related works and invite you to contribute to our blog. You can read our current blog posts on our website and can access the NCACE Blog Guidelines here. For further information contact Noshin Sultan on
Given the nature of our work, NCACE is likely to be of interest and relevance to those within Higher Education (HE) research and knowledge exchange, as well as those working in the arts and cultural sector. We are also very happy to hear from other interested individuals and organisations who may be interested in our work. There is more information on how to get involved on our website

In the meantime you can follow us on Twitter @CultureImpacts and LinkedIn for the latest NCACE news and announcements. You can also listen to recordings of past NCACE events via our SoundCloud channel. For general enquiries, get in touch with Noshin Sultan

Image: © Bill Leslie, Leap then Look: An NCACE micro-commission 2020.

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