Case Study: ‘And the Doctor Said…………’

Chrissie 5   
SU Lead

Mark Webster



amount received


           AHRC £20k

Project Partners

 Keele University, Dr Alannah Tomkins,

Northumbria University, Dr Geoff Walton

Project Researcher: Dr Jackie Reynolds

Unique Media Productions

A team of creative practitioners: Maria Whatton, Deborah McAndrew, Dave Reeves, Chrissie Hall.

Project /Scheme title AHRC Research Networking Grant: ‘And the Doctor Said…..’



 ‘And the Doctor Said….’ is an innovative research project, which uses creative writing as a way of exploring people’s experiences of healthcare in North Staffordshire. A series of workshops led by creative writers, playwrights and storytellers took place during 2013 in four different community venues in and around Stoke-on-Trent. Through creative writing, the participants shared, reflected on and wrote about their health experiences. The activities and writing drew upon their own personal experience and local knowledge. It is a ‘Connected Communities’ project, a cross-Council programme designed to help us to understand the changing nature and contexts of ‘community’ and the role of communities in enhancing and sustaining quality of life.
When did it run February 2012-February 2014
  • 10 community workshops resulting in a wide range of creative writing
  • A series of short films documenting people’s involvement in the project
  • A 20 minute audio-documentary
  • A website to disseminate project information and films
  • A published book containing all of the writing from the workshops (freely available)
  • A high quality exhibition that has been displayed in community venues
  • A range of positive outcomes for the research participants, as evidenced through evaluation material and the project films.
  • On-going partnership working between both the academic and the non-academic partners.

This project is highly participatory, directly involving participants in both the production and the dissemination of the research. This has been valuable and has also presented a range of interesting dilemmas and challenges to be addressed. The learning from these challenges is being shared in the project dissemination.

Future / ongoing activities as a result of this project We continue to disseminate this project at a wide range of events and conferences.Planned publications include a methodological journal article and a co-authored chapter in an edited book about creativity in the context of primary care and mental health and ageing.We are also developing a funding bid for AHRC follow-on funding, in order to further develop the impact of this work, particularly in relation to the training and professional development of medical staff. The follow-on project will focus on developing two-way dialogue between health professionals and research participants.
Top tips for working with this funder –
  • Focus on innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Focus on involving non-academic partners e.g. artists/creative practitioners
  • Make use of a wide range of networking events linked to different projects
How easy was the application process? Applications are quite lengthy and time-consuming.   Support from colleagues in ECD is invaluable, especially if you are new to the J-es system.
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Case Study: ARBOR




External Projects Team: Enterprise and Commercial Development











Staffordshire University, United Kingdom (Lead Partner)

Lead contact

Prof Tarik Al-shemmeri,

 Funding body/ amount received

ARBOR budget is €7.361.958

ARBOR has received European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IVB

Project Partners

Project /Scheme title ARBOR – Accelerating Renewable Energies through Valorisation of Biogenic Organic Raw Material


Summary ARBOR aims to foster trans regional knowledge sharing to exploit the biomass potential of both the rural and the industrialised North West European regions through promotion of best practice examples

Reduce territorial disparities that exist in regulations and policies that stimulate and/or inhibit the development of a harmonised biomass based renewable energy policy

Reduce technological barriers to the development of an efficient value chain for the conversion and optimisation of biomass to energy and subsequent recovery of residues from biomass conversion processes

Evaluate the sustainability and economic aspects of various biomass conversion technologies

Boost local economies and contribute to the development of a green, low carbon economy in NWE

Inform local, regional and European stakeholders on the potential of biomass feedstock and biomass conversion technologies in achievement of the EU 2020 renewable energy targets

Raise public support through a range of communication tools and activities

Timescale 25th September 2009 to 31st March 2015
Outcomes Publications, radio interviews, newspaper articles. Short courses, open days
Future / ongoing activities as a result of this project A six month extension has been approved until September 2015 to ensure all aims are fully realised and outcomes are widely publicised to key stakeholders and the general public. Due to the success of the project so far, the consortium has already begun looking at future EU funding opportunities for projects that could build on the achievements of ARBOR.
Top tips for working with this funder – The right balance of partners, from as many countries as possible, including different professional backgrounds.
How easy was the application process? Lengthy but easy to follow, provided work is shared at the outset, and there was good regional EU reps to help, use them, they are very helpful.
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Case study RETS



SU Lead Person 

Funding body Interreg

Prof. Jon Fairburn


Project Partners

12 European partners (local authorities, development agencies, NGOs, chambers of commerce – see project website)

Project title Renewable Energies Transfer Scheme (RETS)



The main objective of RETS was to improve the knowledge and competencies of local and regional policymakers in renewable energies in order to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy policies.The core RETS activities concerned the creation of simple usable tools for local authorities in order to help them make informed choices for the implementation of the right renewable energy strategy within their territories.
When did it run? 2010 -2012
What were the outcomes? A wide range of academic and professional staff learned what was involved with an INTERREG project as well as EU projects in general. The project as a whole produced:

Future / ongoing activities as a result of this project We are still in contact with the lead and we hope to develop other projects together in the next funding round.An excellent project we learnt a lot and contributed a lot.
Top tips for this funder Be able to demonstrate communication and networking activities.
How easy was the application? The lead was ADEC who managed the application process
Think this project looks interesting? What NextFor further support from the External projects team contact: or call 01785 353774