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Co-Production and Communities

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Chair: James Hodkinson, Gemma Wright and Paul Barlow.

WIE Team Link: Helen Wheatley.

Members: Adela Glyn-Davies, Angharad Butler-Rees, Anna Tranter, Claire Dancer, Eleanor Hoverd, Eric Holub, India Holme, Kate Astbury, Kate Owen, Mark Hinton, Nalita James, Shahnaz Akhter, Sophie Staniszewska.

About us

In the ‘Co-Production and Communities' Learning Circle (previously known as Learning Circle 11) we seek to understand, innovate, mentor, co-fund, showcase, and promote various forms of collaborative, co-produced, and co-designed work undertaken at Warwick. Our work usually involves supporting Warwick colleagues working with off-campus, ‘community’ partners of all kinds, whether they are small/new community groups or more established organisations or businesses, or from the arts and heritage industries, local government, or education sectors. Fellows of this Learning Circle hail from research, teaching, postgraduate, outreach and academic services backgrounds across the university and the projects they engage in are accordingly diverse in nature.

Read more below to find out more about what we have achieved since our inception, and what we are aiming to do in future. If you wish to contact us for advice or support, or with suggestions and enquiries, then please email James Hodkinson.

Our work to date, 2021-22

Our circle continues to survey different forms of collaborative work taking part at the university. If you are engaged in any work of this type, however large or small, please do take a few minutes to share a few details about your work with us. The information will not be used without your further consent and will be used to promote and refine collaborative working practices across the university.

We have been instrumental in setting up and helping to run the WIE’s Collaboration and Co-Production Fund. This provides up to £3K for Warwick colleagues to establish new or deepen existing working relationships with off campus partners. We also contribute to the training and advice programme which colleagues can access in the run-up to submitting a bid to the fund. Find out more about the fund here.

Our future plans, 2022-23 and beyond

From early 2023 we will run a recurring forum called CO-LAB. This will be relaxed, social, but also an opportunity for Warwick colleagues from all backgrounds to pitch, share, network, learn and explore various forms of collaborative, co-produced and co-designed work in a supportive environment. Read more about CO-LAB here and email James Hodkinson with any enquires or proposals you might have.

During 2023 we will also be gathering the insights gained from our online sharing space and elsewhere in order to present the cross-campus collaborative work we have found in an accessible and engaging format – all to showcase and promote the fantastic work being done at Warwick in this area. More on this to follow …