The C3 Research Centre (Prof Ian Brown and Prof Neil Brownsword) will be delivering two sessions for our C3 members, to assist in understanding and preparing for REF for those who have practice-based aspects of their research. Linking to other related research contexts, such as AHRC criteria, we will focus on the two key elements that accompany the submission of research outputs for the REF submission and discuss the wider benefits for researchers in utilising them.
We particularly welcome those new to research, or the REF processes, as well as those who are more familiar or have been previously submitted to the REF. Indeed, those who have this experience will be invaluable in contributing to discussions on how the process was for them and lessons learnt.
Session 1: 300-word research statement
Date: 8th Feb 2023
Activity: Presentation and Workshop
Room: T005 Beacon
This session will focus on the requirements of the 300-word REF research statement, what role this plays in the submission and how the production of research statements can support the development of research.
If you would like some support in writing research statements, please bring along any written material that you may have on current research projects (at whatever stage they are at) as we will be using a workshop format to support each other in their development.
Session 2: Research Portfolio
Date: 15th March
Activity: Presentation and Workshop
Room: T005 Beacon
This session will focus on the requirements of the REF Research Portfolio, what role this plays in the submission and how the production of research portfolio material can support the development of research.
If you would like some support in producing the material for the Research Portfolio, please bring along any written and visual material that you may have on current research projects (at whatever stage they are at) as we will be using a workshop format to support each other in their development.
Factory is delivering a number of events coming up. Do feel free to share this info on with others you think might be interested.
FACTORY is an ERDF funded project, delivered in collaboration with the Chamber, BCB, and Staffordshire University. It supports innovation-led-practices for the SME Creative Industries in Stoke-on-Trent. Our partner organisation BCB has also a webpage dedicated to FACTORY available here
Factory Seminar – A Beginners Guide to Funding and Grant Applications (In-person)
The BCB Artist Development Surgeries are an opportunity to talk about a project or idea that has a connection to Stoke-on-Trent, its people, place or industries. This opportunity is for people feel they would benefit from speaking about it with a member of the BCB Artistic Programme/Exhibitions team.
The School of Digital, Technologies and Arts is again holding a series of seminars, chaired and curated by C3 member Becky Nunes, following a life-cycle of reserch: It will cover presentations by researchers about how projects start, how to work across teams, how to co-create research with external communities and in the second half of the season will moev to how research gets funded and reviwed.
Seminars are designed to be in person, but recordings will be available afterwards. Dates for the seminars are:
WED NOV 9TH 3.30-5.00P.M : CA204 – BEGINNINGS – How do projects start? What are the catalysts for interesting research projects? (Michael Day, Alke Groeppel-Wegener)
WED DEC 7TH 3.30-5.00P.M: CA204 : COLLABORATIONS – Working across teams, co-creating and other fruitful research partnerships (Neil Brownsword, Maria Martinez-Sanchez)
WED JAN 11TH 3.30-5.00P.M : CA204: : COLLABORATIONS – Working across teams, co-creating and other fruitful research partnerships (Islam Abohela)
The recording from the first session of ‘Rebellious Research’ (Arts/practice-based research seminar series) is now available to watch online: ‘Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gesture by Agnieszka Piotrowska.
‘Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gestureby
Agnieszka Piotrowska (Reader in Film, SODA, MMU & Professor, Film and Cultural Studies, The University of Gdańsk). Wednesday 26th October 2022, 15:30-17:00 (GMT)
In this talk, Agnieszka Piotrowska considere the notion of what ‘knowledge’ might be for a creative research practitioner and how ‘high theory’ might be of assistance in inspiring ideas and creative strategies. She will share her most recent experience of working across disciplines with the new experimental film Wash (2022). It is a hybrid documentary with element of animation and drama dealing with serious issues of development in Zimbabwe, a country in which she has done much work over the years. The piece of work has been funded by Strategic England Research 2021 and the University of Edinburgh.
This partnership, recorded on 19 May 2022, was co-devised by colleagues at Keele University, Staffordshire University and Age UK Oxfordshire, as part of the Age of Creativity Festival 2022 and Creative Later Life 2025.
The keynote presentations and panel discussions around creative aging and placemaking, is now avaiable from the link above.
C3 Centre’s Professor Carola Boehm gave a talk on #Culture30Walks: How Creative is your Place?
Professor David Amigoni FEA- Director, Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI), Keele Deal Culture & ArtsKeele (chair)
Carola Boehm– Professor of Arts and Higher Education, Staffordshire University
Rose Gilroy-Professor of Ageing Planning and Policy, Chair of Future Homes Alliance, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Steven Millington– Director/ Senior Fellow at The Institute of Place Management and Reader in Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University
Jason Jones-Hall– Director of Development, Five10Twelve
Neil Johnson– Engagement Project Lead, Liverpool City Region
It covers topics and case studies exploring the following:
How does creativity/ culture contribute to ‘vibrant’ places for older people beyond local tourism?
What constitutes a creative/ cultural ‘asset’ to older communities experiencing inequality?
What ‘value’ do we give creativity/culture and older communities experiencing inequalities in rebranding places?
What role does place based leadership have in making places both ‘Creative/ Cultural’ and ‘Age Friendly’?
How can inequalities be tackled by ‘making’ in place and is this place leadership?
Following the and popular first round of the Art/Practice-based research seminar series (and a Special Issue on Recontextualising Practice-based Research which followed), the seminar series, hosted by C3 Centre Agata Lulkowska, returns with a new title and some truly exquisite guests. As always, free and open to all (all sessions run online via MS Teams), this initiative aims at widening support and understanding around practice research in a friendly and inclusive manner, with some top experts sharing their experience and advice.
Recently released, in a warm and engaging audio interview, producer and Associate Professor Fiona Graham from C3 and historian Colin Winn walk to the craters and tour their perimeter. While doing so they share with us their stories behind this exciting project into the crater and talk about the special relationship that has developed with the local community. Colin is a military historian and tunnelling expert and Fiona an associate professor on the project.
The Hawthorn Redoubt was an formidable defensive position for the Germans which was blown up on the morning of 1 July 1916 by a mine that had been placed beneath the German stronghold on the ridge. The explosion, ten minutes before the whistles blew at 7:30am, destroyed the position but the timing of the detonation and the lifting of the artillery barrage meant that the position was reinforced by the Germans, leading to massive losses among the attacking British troops.
We have had a bumber year of books for the C3 researcher community. Here are some of the latest boooks with links to our institutional depository. Some of these books are available as a pre-copy-edited Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM), so do have a look.
BOEHM, Carola (2022) Arts and Academia: The Role of the Arts in Civic Universities. Great Debates in Higher Education . Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley. ISBN 978-1-83867-730-5 https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/7301/ and FULL PDF
RUDGE, Peter (2021) Beyond the Blue Economy; Creative Industries and Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States. Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780367820251 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6927/
MACCALLUM-STEWART, Esther and Brown, Douglas (2020) Rerolling Boardgames: Essays on Themes, Systems, Experiences and Ideologies (Studies in Gaming). Studies in Gaming . MacFarland Press. ISBN 978-1-4766-7079-9 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6726/
MCKENNA, Mark (2020) Nasty Business: The Marketing and Distribution of the Video Nasties. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474451086 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6019/
WEBLEY, Stephen and Zackariasson, Peter, eds. (2019) The Playful Undead and Video Games: Critical Analyses of Zombies and Gameplay. Routledge, New York. https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6803/
And if we missed any books, authored by C3 staff, let us know and we will feature them here.