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Issue 8, 24 June 2021

Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our June edition of the bulletin.

We have said it before and we’ll say it again; a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to, or participated in, our activities over these last few months. It has been an intensely busy and productive period. We have been listening and learning so much from the conversations that have been unfolding through not only our events but also through the many conversations we have been having with so many of you.

In June, we were delighted to host a number of key events including our first policy workshop Collaboration in Place-making: Revealing the roles of universities and arts partnerships and knowledge exchange and Knowledge Impacts Network: Co-Designing KIN

We are delighted to announce that our final two events of the summer include our third Evidence Café session as well as a series of  ‘What If..?’ events being hosted by our regional partners in Birmingham and Newcastle.

NCACE Collaborations Champions Network

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who applied or nominated someone to be part of our new Collaborations Champions Network. We have received a very strong suite of applications and in mid-July we will announce our network members. Their key role will be to work with us to develop a vibrant, valued community of practice in the field of cultural knowledge exchange.

NCACE and Arts Professional

In March this year we ran a survey with Arts Professional magazine entitled Collaborating with Higher Education and we were delighted to have 546 respondents. We have drafted a snapshot of the findings and will be publishing our General Findings report later in the Summer.

We have also recently established a new editorial partnership with Arts Professional. Our first article A step change in cultural partnerships with Higher Education was published in early June.

NCACE Out and about

In addition to the many conversations we are having on an ongoing bases, in the last two months, we have spoken about our work at several key events: Westminster Media Forum: Next steps for creative clusters in the UK; Guild HE Spring School for PGR students and, most recently, the annual PraxisAuril Conference.

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

We are taking a short break over the summer and will be back in September with our first bulletin of the autumn and new academic year.

We thank you for your readership and look forward to working with you.

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

NCACE Evidence Café 3
Thursday 15 July, 2 pm - online

The Evidence Café network is conceived as an online community of practice to support evidence sharing and story telling about cultural knowledge exchange. Join us for our third Café session, where we will be discussing two key pieces of work emerging from the Centre. Firstly, Dr Sarah Sigal will discuss her in-depth literature review of over 100 academic and non-academic sources concerned with collaborations, partnerships and knowledge exchange initiatives between higher education and the arts and cultural sectors. Evelyn Wilson (Co-Director, NCACE) and Emily Hopkins (Senior Manager, NCACE) will then discuss findings from the recently published report, ‘NCACE: Collaborations with Higher Education’. The report examines survey data from March 2021, which captured perspectives on KE collaborations from within the arts and cultural sector. 

“What If..?” Conversations 2021
NCACE are delighted that over the summer and into the Autumn our regional partners will be leading on a series of "What If" events bringing together their academic and arts and cultural networks to consider a series of questions with a local and regional focus, that also speak to national challenges.  

What If : What Next For Our Post Lockdown Collaborations?
Wednesday 21 July, 1.30 pm - online
Led by Birmingham City University / STEAMHouse
Through their "What If" event, Birmingham City University is keen to engage/re-engage with local and regional arts and cultural organisations to explore ‘What If’ in the context of Covid and how we may work together, collaborating on future activity and initiatives. 

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International Steam Conference 2021
Tuesday 13 July, 9 am - online

Our partners Birmingham City University and STEAMhouse's International STEAM Conference will be taking place on Tuesday 13th July 2021. Learn new approaches and different ways of thinking from experts in different fields and leave feeling inspired to apply STEAM to your business or research. From the use of LEGO construction kits in business education to developing a 3D-printed sensor-enabled violin bow – there is something for everyone. When Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths collide, anything can happen.

This month's blogs are by Katie Stote (Knowledge Exchange Officer at University of Plymouth) Harnessing the Power of Student Knowledge Exchange and NCACE Evaluation Lead Dr Thanasis Spyriadis (Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University) Evaluation as a valuable catalyst for the effectiveness and efficiency of NCACE.

Harnessing the Power of Student Knowledge Exchange
In 2020, The University of Plymouth became one of twenty institutions to be awarded funding from the Office for Students and Research England funding competition, designed to explore the impact of student involvement in knowledge exchange. The project funded by this competition, ‘Engaging Students in Knowledge Exchange’, is building on existing and highly successful knowledge exchange projects within the University of Plymouth, with a drive toward understanding and maximising the benefit to students engaging in knowledge exchange activity with organisations and community partners.

Evaluation as a valuable catalyst for the effectiveness and efficiency of NCACE
Evaluation has been an integral part of the NCACE project from its early planning stages. The key purpose is to ensure ongoing dialogue and connectivity across the NCACE Areas of Work to enable us to have a clear understanding of what is working, or indeed not, and how we need to respond to that across each strand. The aim is to add value by enabling the ongoing evaluation of both the NCACE results or goals (i.e. outputs, outcomes and longer-term outcomes or impacts), as well as the processes used to achieve them.

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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