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Issue 24, 12 January 2023
Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our January bulletin.

As we look forward to the year ahead, we are delighted to announce a whole new raft of activities taking place over late winter and into early spring. Our highly popular Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN) is back on 25 January with the question: 'Are Ethics Processes for Cultural Knowledge Exchange Fit for Purpose?'.
That’s followed closely by our annual Ideas Pool on 8th February which provides opportunities for Arts and Culture sector organisations and artists to meet potential collaborators from the higher education sector and vice versa.

We will be sharing our research and inviting wider reflections on the 2021 REF Impact Case Studies in our upcoming Evidence Café on February 23.

Focussing on the theme of Leadership, our annual showcase event The Power of Collaborative Action III: Leading the Future of Cultural Knowledge Exchange will take place on March 8th.

Our third annual policy workshop on the theme of Collaborations on Arts and Health will take place on 22nd June 2023. Call for contributors:  If you are involved in research or in creative collaborations in this area, and would be interested in submitting a brief proposal to present at the event, we would like to hear from you. We are also planning to produce a number of case studies around this theme. Do get in touch with if you would like to contribute.

NCACE Repository, Publications and blogs

NCACE Evidence Repository is a unique and ever growing online resource of materials relating to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors. The repository is a space which enables any individual or institution writing about, or engaged in the development of, cultural knowledge exchange activities, including public engagement, to share their work and resources. 

We would love to hear from you if you would like to share case studies, reports or other relevant materials. Email: in the first instance.

NCACE Publications and Reports

Our latest publications include: Exploring value in KE collaborations between higher education and theatres by TORCH and the Independent Theatre Council, and Greater than the Sum of Parts by Dr Cara Courage. Our publications can all be found in NCACE’s Evidence Repository.


Our January blog comes from Dr Laura Kemp (NCACE Senior Manager) on Lived experience, co-creation and creative possibilities for health and wellbeing.

Recordings of most NCACE events can be listened to over on our SoundCloud Channel. We have a wealth of fascinating discussions, debates, workshops and in-conversations across a rich panoply of themes relating to Cultural Knowledge Exchange in its broadest sense.

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 wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

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

Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN): Are Ethics Processes for Cultural Knowledge Exchange Fit for Purpose? limited places remaining
Wednesday 25 January, 16:00 - online

This session of KIN will focus on demystifying higher education ethics processes and considering if current practice is fit for purpose, particularly for work that is socially engaged or aiming to generate social impact. We will also consider the evaluation of community-based collaborations and citizen research, and how such work can be ethically and equitably evaluated, and impacts shared.

We will share examples of best practices across higher education and the arts and cultural sector, explore the deficits between ethics processes and ethics / values informed work and share examples of good practice as well as hopefully some useful tools for considering ethics in cultural knowledge exchange.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Astrid Breel, Sian Brittain, Dr Jo Gibson, Gill Henderson and Sarah Priston

NCACE Ideas Pool 2
Wednesday 8 February 2023, 14:00 - online

The second NCACE Ideas Pool will be an opportunity for Arts and Culture sector organisations and artists to meet potential collaborators from the higher education sector and workshop around the four NCACE key themes with our regional partners. Bath Spa University will be leading a workshop session on Climate Emergency, Northumbria University on Place, Birmingham City University will be workshopping technology for social good, and Manchester Metropolitan University will be leading a session on health and wellbeing. The Ideas Pool will offer opportunities for networking and discussion in these key areas, and to develop new connections and partnerships, as well as discussion around possible avenues for support to develop collaborations.

NCACE Evidence Café 8: Reflections on REF 2021
Thursday 23 February, 14:00 - online
NCACE’s Evidence Café sessions have been held regularly 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.

The focus for February 2023 Evidence café will be on REF 2021 Impact Case Studies. The REF Impact Case Studies provide a very comprehensive resource in order to understand what kind of impact is generated by academic research, and how. It also allows the opportunity to delve into more specific questions, such as the extent to which academic research relating to arts and culture generates impact, and the extent to which the impact of academic research involves the arts and culture sector.

In addition to some wider reflections on the impact case studies, we will be presenting some of the initial findings from our overview of arts and culture-related impact in REF 2021. We will be discussing: where (by which Unit of Assessment, types of institutions, regions) arts and culture-related impact was produced; where arts and culture-related impact occurred; which organisational features underpinned the production of arts and culture-related impact; as well as the implications of these findings for HEIs, the arts and culture sector, and policy.

Our contributors include:

Dr Federica Rossi (CIMR, Birkbeck University of London and NCACE Co-Investigator), Dr Steven Hill (Director of Research, Research England) and Professor Maria Delgado (Vice Principal (Research and Knowledge Exchange), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and will be co-hosted by Evelyn Wilson (Co-Director, NCACE) and Dr Laura Kemp (Senior Manager, NCACE). Alongside presentations there will be opportunity for group discussion.

The Power of Collaborative Action III: Leading the Future of Cultural Knowledge Exchange
Wednesday 8 March 2023, 10:00 - online

NCACE is delighted to present The Power of Collaborative Action III: Leading the Future of Cultural Knowledge Exchange. Funded by Research England, NCACE was established in 2021 to facilitate and support capacity for Knowledge Exchange between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sector across the country with a particular focus on evidencing and showcasing the social, cultural, environmental, as well as the economic, impacts of such activities.

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 event will focus on the leadership of cross sector collaborations, showcasing inspiring examples of good practice, anchoring purpose and shared values in knowledge exchange and addressing mutual concerns and priorities. We will also be exploring the co-creation of modes of shared leadership and innovative practices and platforming those who are leading by “action rather than title”.

Offering reflections from key thinkers, practitioners and policy makers and showcasing diverse models of excellent and impactful knowledge exchange, The Power of Collaborative Action III 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 that Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Executive Chair of Research England will be giving the opening keynote address.

If you would like to put forward a case study of excellent leadership practice in the field of cultural knowledge exchange for inclusion in the showcase, please email a short precis (of circa 200 words) to by 20th January 2023 and we will be in touch for further discussion.

Highlights from the Evidence Repository
With over 200 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.

Research digest: Young people's mental health
In this literature review, the Centre for Cultural Value evaluate the evidence around the value of arts and culture in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people. This literature review can be found in the NCACE Evidence Repository under Health and Wellbeing under Academic Literature

Visit the
Evidence Repository to access other available resources.
This month's blog Lived experience, co-creation and creative possibilities for health and wellbeing is by Dr Laura Kemp, Senior Manager at NCACE who looks back at the latest Evidence Café event which focused on improving mental and physical health for young people and professional dancers.

Lived experience, co-creation and creative possibilities for health and wellbeing
The field of creative health is large and expanding. Collaborations between medical or psychiatric research areas and the arts have increased since the pandemic and are now a focus for research council and Arts Council funding. Yet the arts and cultural industries have always been engaged in improving health and wellbeing, and one could argue that they are intrinsic to both personal and social wellness. This Evidence café was an opportunity to share evidence and best-practice from a selection of projects that range in size and focus. 

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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