There is often overlap in aims and approaches to impact between the Arts and Social Sciences, and this overlap can prove fertile ground for innovation, collaboration, and peer support.
In order to nurture a collegial approach to impact, as well as foster inter- and multi-disciplinary opportunities, we have set up Interchange.
Taking place once a term, Interchange is a community of practice series organised by the Impact Teams supporting the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Interchange sessions will provide:
- Thematic insights into different impact pathways
- A forum for sharing ideas, best practice, and opportunities for collaboration
- Reflections and advice on working with different stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries and managing these relationships
- An opportunity to celebrate and publicise the rich portfolio of impact work taking place across and between the two faculties and to reflect on REF 2021
- A place to share and discuss sector updates
- Support for new and evolving impact work
Each session will focus on a different topic or aspect of research impact, and will host speakers with experience in that area who will share an overview of their work and the insights they have gained. This will be followed by a Q&A, as well as a chance to further discuss the topic, network, and for the audience to share any experience and reflections they might have, too.
Interchange is open to all researchers at any career stage. Doctoral students are also welcome.
Lunch will be provided – please make sure to register your attendance so we can cater accordingly.
We hope to inspire and facilitate intra- and inter-faculty dialogue, collaboratively troubleshoot common challenges, and to showcase a variety of ways to achieve impact from your research. We look forward to seeing you!
- Weds 14 February 2024
- 13:00 - 14:30 followed by time to network
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- Lunch provided – please make sure to register so we can cater accordingly
Schools are a popular first port of call for researchers embarking on their impact journey. And for good reason, because from the sheer satisfaction of seeing young minds expand and grow, through ensuring curricula and teaching materials reflect current thinking, to the critical role all facets of schooling play in advancing social justice, there are plenty of places where Arts and Social Sciences researchers can have valuable input. However, it is not necessarily an easy route to sail, nor do researchers always begin with the knowledge and skills they require to generate impact from collaborating and working with schools.
This edition of Interchange explores what distinctive contributions Arts and Social Science researchers at Warwick are making through schools’ impact work. As well as asking what key principles are at stake in this space, and how can we ensure our research makes a meaningful difference?
- Dr Paul Grigsby (Department of Classics and Ancient History)
- Dr Rebecca Morris (Department of Education Studies)
- Chair: Prof. Christopher Moran (Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences for Research)
Dr Paul Grigsby is a Research Fellow in Outreach and Impact in Classics and Ancient History. Paul runs the Warwick Classics Network, which was set up to promote the teaching of Classics in schools and to provide teachers with support and resources. Since its inception in 2018, the WCN has worked extensively with students and teachers to give them access to the latest research tailored to the school curriculum. Their work has led to several local schools introducing and expanding the teaching of Classics as a subject.
Dr Rebecca Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies. Her research interests include education policy, the teaching workforce, assessment and feedback, literacy and English, and widening participation. Becky is a current holder of an ESRC IAA (Impact Acceleration Account) project focusing on developing the implementation of evidence-based approaches to GCSE English and Maths resits, and informing policy debates around this topic. Prior to working in higher education, Becky was an English teacher in secondary schools in Birmingham.
- 12:00 - 13:00
Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into our impact activity is essential, regardless of our mode of delivery or the challenge we are seeking to address. How can we ensure these aspects are intrinsic to what we do? And what about impact activity that addresses issues of this nature head on - how might we go about planning such activity, and what are the characteristics of doing it well?