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Issue 12,
9 December 2021

Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our December bulletin.

Many thanks to all of you who have joined us for conversations, contributed to our events, written for us or otherwise informed our thinking over these last few months. 

We have lots of exciting news to share with you this month. Firstly, a heads-up on two events for the New Year. Our regular Evidence Café session is back on 20th January with a focus on evidencing Cultural Knowledge Exchange on Environment, Climate Emergency and Climate Justice. Bookings for our annual showcase event The Power of Collaborative Action: People, Place and Planet taking place on March 9th are also now live.

Announcing NCACE Repository

We are very pleased to announce that the NCACE Evidence Repository is now live. It is a carefully curated online resource of materials relating to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors and includes reports, papers and blogs across a wider span of themes. We warmly welcome contributions and will be putting out a call for submissions shortly.

NCACE Publications

We are also delighted to announce three new reports to add to the festive reading pile. Two of these present findings from our recent major survey with Arts Professional whilst the third focuses on what the KEF narratives reveal about HEIs’ engagement with the arts and culture sector.

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)

Finally, our first Annual Report is also just out and we hope it provides an informative overview of our activities over the first year of NCACE.

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 thank you for your readership and wish you a relaxing and well-deserved break over the holiday season.

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

Evaluation Baseline Survey 

The evaluation of NCACE has been embedded into the core of our work since well before our public launch, and we now hope that you will help us take this important aspect of the project forward. Devised and led by Dr Thanasis Sypriadis, the NCACE baseline survey is now ready for completion, and we aim to gather insights from as wide a range of the higher education and arts and cultural sector as possible.

We have two surveys, the first specifically aimed at those working in Higher Education, whilst the second is aimed at those who work in the Arts and Culture sector. We estimate that the survey will take 20 - 30 minutes to complete.We would love to hear from you if you can take a short while to share your thoughts with us. Your input will actively help shape the direction of the centre’s activities. We welcome responses from: academics, knowledge exchange staff and arts and culture sector professionals and practitioners.

Click here for survey for those working in Higher Education
Click here for survey for those working in the Arts and Culture sector

We have extended our deadline, the surveys will now close on Monday 20 December.

KIN Support Set

We were delighted to launch our first KIN Support Set last month, with further groups to be announced in the New Year. These small groups are made up of participants from across higher education and the arts and cultural sector and will use coaching and action learning techniques to support creative problem solving and collaboration. Sets will be given 3 facilitated sessions by Guildhall Coaching Associates, and then have the option of continuing to meet independently. We still have a few places available for arts and cultural sector professionals to join the set launching in the New Year, please email to register your interest.

Evidence Café 5: Evidencing Cultural Knowledge Exchange on Environment, Climate Emergency and Climate Justice
Thursday 20 January - online

NCACE’s Evidence Café sessions have been held bi-monthly since March 2021. The Café is an online space for presentations, evidence and information sharing, story-telling as well as a community of knowledge sharing and exchange.

Each session has a loose theme and the focus for January’s Café will be on Climate Emergency and Environmental Humanities. We intend to build on urgent conversations emerging from climate policy - such as the recent COP26 conference - and the ways in which an arts and humanities perspective can help us to understand these issues. This session provides a platform for our cross-sector audiences to shine a light on how partners from HE and the arts and culture sector are collaborating to respond to climate-related issues using creative and innovative practice. This session also relates to and generates evidence around one of our four core NCACE themes: environment and climate change.

The Power of Collaborative Action: People, Place and Planet
Wednesday 9 March 2022, 10:00 - online

The Power of Collaborative Action is our annual workshop devoted to supporting and showcasing great examples of collaboration between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sectors. This year’s event will focus on People, Place and Planet and through it we will consider how knowledge exchange and working in partnership fosters connections, creativity and innovation across a myriad of important and often interconnecting themes including: Place-making and Levelling up, Climate Emergency and Health and Wellbeing.

Offering reflections from key thinkers, practitioners and policy makers and showcasing diverse models of excellent and impactful knowledge exchange, The Power of Collaborative Action: People, Place and Planet will be of interest to all those who are invested in the potential of knowledge exchange between the academy and the arts and cultural sector. It will also be instructive for those who are interested in such activity and wish to find out more.

We are delighted to be joined by David Sweeney (Executive Chair, Research England) for our Opening Address and we will be announcing further contributors in due course.

You may also be interested in: 

Collaborate - call for academic research partners

Academic researchers can now apply to Centre for Cultural Value's Collaborate fund, for the opportunity to work collaboratively with one of 10 exciting cultural sector research projects. From the impact of live visual arts festivals to engagement with new digital spaces, and from the experiences of Black museum audiences to youth-led creative communities, the shortlisted projects cover a wide range of cultural activities and research objectives. Expressions of Interest for academics are open between 6 December 2021 and 26 January 2022.

This month's blog is by NCACE's Co-Investigator for Evidence and Impacts Dr Federica Rossi (NCACE and Birkbeck, University of London) The KEF 2021 narratives and what they tell us about HEIs’ engagement with the arts and cultural sector.

The KEF 2021 narratives and what they tell us about HEIs’ engagement with the arts and cultural sector
Higher education institutions (HEIs) engage intensively with the arts and cultural sector. However, evidence about this engagement is very often partial and scattered, which makes it difficult to appraise the real importance of this phenomenon. In a piece of research that we have conducted for NCACE, Valentina Rizzoli, Emily Hopkins and myself have sought to take advantage of the information available from the 2021 Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) exercise, in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of HEIs’ engagement with the arts and cultural sector.

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.

The National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange is led by TCCE and funded by Research England
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