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Awarded Projects 2021/22

Awardees December 2021

The first stage of the Warwick Institute of Engagement’s (WIE) collaboration and co-production fund has been completed. Awards of up to £3,000 were available to support activities that focus on building new, or strengthening existing, relationships, with local, regional, and national community partners, groups or organisations.

After all applications were assessed, we are please to announce we have selected 4 awardees and their projects as follows:

Karen Simecek

Andrew Cooper

Dr Karen Simecek, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Dr Andrew Cooper, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy.

Karen and Andrew will arrange a poetry performance evening at both local youth centres Fridays and Coventry Boys and Girls club with students at Warwick who write poetry.

This will strengthen the relationship with the two partner organisations to support a successful programme. It will also improve dissemination of research and improve wider engagement with youth workers and youth organisations in Coventry and beyond.

Vish Roy

Dr Vishalakshi Roy Assistant Professor, Cultural & Media Policy

Vishalakshi is bringing together a one day symposium on 15 February 2021 in partnership with Warwick Art Centre to explore inclusion and to show that by investing in people with different and intersectional vantage points and perspectives, one can drive new thinking and innovation in the cultural and heritage sectors.

The symposium will include up to 100 attendees including able bodied and disabled creative practitioners, leaders of local cultural venues, academics working in cultural work and leadership and funders such as Arts Council England and Coventry City Council. The symposium will include provocations and learning unearthed from the evaluation study for ADVantage.

Paul Grigsby

Dr Paul Grigsby, Research Fellow in Outreach and Impact in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Paul will work in partnership with Warwickshire Museum's Market Hall Museum to showcase two Roman coin hoards and bring out their multi-layered stories to the public. The aim will be to create a new exhibition, published research, and form the base and model for future collaborative public-facing research projects. Teaching resources will be created for local schools including the creation of “lessons in a box” based on actual artefacts found on display at the Warwickshire Museums.

Thijs Van Rens

Prof Thijs Van Rens is Professor of Economics Academic co-lead of the University's Global Research Priority on Food and theme lead for "Food and Health” he is also the Director of the MSc programme in Economics and International Financial Economics (EIFE). In partnership with Oyinlola Oyebode, Associate Professor at WMS, they aim to develop a “mobile healthy food market” that will serve neighbourhoods in Coventry where access to healthy food is low. The van will also be used as a platform for “field experiments”, to better understand the barriers to healthy diets with the aim of informing similar local interventions elsewhere, as well as national policy.

Awardees March 2022

The second stage of the Warwick Institute of Engagement’s (WIE) collaboration and co-production fund has been completed. Awards of up to £3,000 were available to support activities that focus on building new, or strengthening existing, relationships, with local, regional, and national community partners, groups or organisations.

After all applications were assessed, we are please to announce we have selected 10 awardees and their projects as follows:

Dr. Gonzalo C. Garcia (Assistant Professor), Warwick Writing Programme, SCAPV

Gonzalo will work with COVert Arts, a Coventry-based artists’ collective that champions local and emerging writers and visual artists, on the Pen to Canvas project. The programme seeks to connect students from the Creative Writing Department with emerging, Coventry-based visual artists through anonymous correspondence.

This will create opportunities where student writers and visual artists associated with the COVert Arts collective would be able to ‘meet’ and ‘communicate’ with each other through their respective disciplines, bringing the university and the local artist scene closer together.

Dr. Michael Wyness, Reader, Department of Education Studies, Dr. Fiona MacCallum, Reader, Department of Psychology

Michael and Fiona will be working with Warwickshire Young Carers in developing research on young carers and education within the context of Covid-19 and beyond. The work is inter-disciplinary involving a sociologist of education, a psychologist and widening participation officer as well as an anthropologist from Coventry university. We aim to build a relationship between the academics, and a small group of young people from Warwickshire young carers. In fostering a more collaborative research focus and approach, we will engage with the young carers through regular meetings.

Dr Abimbola Ayorinde, Assistant Professor (Research Focused), Warwick Medical School and Dr Majel McGranahan, Public Health Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School.

Abi and Majel will work in partnership with Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre to organise sexual and reproductive health workshops. The aim is to understand women’s knowledge/experiences, raise awareness and provide information about contraception options and other sexual health issues. This will help empower individuals who are asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrants to understand how to access appropriate information and support for their sexual and reproductive health needs. We will share findings from our previous research in the form of scenarios to aid learning, and we will work with participants to identify further themes that they feel should be developed in future research.

Friederike Schlaghecken and Lukasz Walasek are Associate Professors at the Department of Psychology.

As an experimentalist with expertise in building and maintaining participant panels, FS was approached by Amanda Evans, Development Director of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, for advice and potential collaboration to support their ambitious goal to engage 25% of the population in sustainability-related behaviours. They were joined by LW, co-lead of the Brain, Behaviour, & Society GRP and an academic lead for the Warwick Behavioural Insights Team (WBIT), who has made it his mission to promote links between students of behavioural science and local sustainability initiatives.

The present project will set up a summer internship program during which up to five of the most talented Warwick students will join the Trust in one of its five activity streams (health & wellbeing, community organising, nature reserves, living landscapes, and marketing), learn about their specific needs and challenges, and begin to generate new ideas for interventions to encourage and engage the local population in sustainable lifestyles and activities. With this program, we will begin to formalize the partnership between Warwick and WWT, with the long-term goal of establishing the Warwick Centre of Wildlife Protection and contribute towards achieving the WWT’s ten-year strategy goal of having 25% of the population engage with sustainability-related activities.

Dr Rachel Turner-King – Assistant Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education in Education Studies. Prof. Jonathan Heron – Director of IATL and Honorary Fellow of WIE. Dr Bobby Smith – Assistant Professor in School of Theatre and Performance Studies.

Rachel, Jonathan and Bobby are delighted to be partnering with WAC’s Julia Carruthers and The Belgrade’s Hannah Barker to strengthen the relationship with these two arts organisations. Drawing on Julia and Hannah’s expertise in commissioning and talent development, we will commission between two-four local artists/companies to produce pop-up performances and workshops during the 10th meeting of the International Drama in Education Research Institute in July 2022 when leading scholars, arts practitioners, and artists will be joining us from around the world to engage in the theory and practice of drama education and applied theatre and performance.

This project will provide a prestigious platform for artists/companies to connect with a wider international network, which is especially important given Coventry’s continuing commitment to developing and sustaining cultural activity after its year as City of Culture. We hope to foster more meaningful connections between Warwick postgraduates specialising in Drama and Theatre Education and Applied Theatre and local artists. We aim to use this multi-disciplinary network as a way of reaching out to other related cultural networks working within the interconnections of education, pedagogy, applied performance, youth arts and artist development.

Dr Rachel Edwards, Reader and Dr Oksana Trushkevych, Assistant Professor (research focused), are both from the Ultrasonics Group in Physics.

Oksana and Rachel will be working with Lee Holder, who is Disability Lead for the Musicworks, a charity based in Gloucestershire who focus on transforming young peoples' lives through music. The collaboration fund will enable them to jointly design adaptive musical instruments which could be used by young people with disabilities as well as to raise awareness about such disabilities and the possibility of experiencing music beyond sound and listening. The project will also help the Warwick academics and The Musicworks build a long-term relationship to develop the ideas further. Oksana and Rachel are involved in teaching The Science of Music interdisciplinary module for Warwick Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL), and are active in outreach activities within WIE. They hope to use their developments and this collaboration for improving the lives of others, for enhancing experience of Warwick students taking the Science of Music module and for making their outreach activities more engaging and inclusive.

Dr Sanjay Sharma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

(Left to right: Sanjay, Sophie, Theo and Paramjit)

Sanjay, in partnership with Professors Paramjit Gill, Sophie Staniszewska and Theodoros N. Arvanitis, is working with Blast Fest, a team of community organisers, engagement strategists, artists and activists from local communities. Blast Fest is unique in its pursuit of social justice by engaging with issues of science and technology via using forms of creative practice. Our project explores the racaialized impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on healthcare - cardiovascular risk assessment - affecting minoritized groups. We seek to counter exclusionary tendencies in the development of AI by drawing upon ‘data justice’ approaches, which centre the multiple voices and experiences of marginalized groups. We are collaborating with Blast Fest to host a community engagement event exploring AI and social harm. The aim is to establish a public group drawn from local communities to assess the development and use of algorithms for improving healthcare.

Professor Nadine Holdsworth, Professor of Theatre and Performance, SCAPVC

Nadine will work with Ben Davenport, an arts worker with Crisis Skylight CoventryLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window, the socially engaged artist Anthony Luvera, Jennifer Verson and the Agency Photography Group to co-create a photographic exhibition with people who have experienced homelessness.

Through a series of workshops and the co-curation of an exhibition to take place on the University campus, this project will explore what it means to action the principles and practice of co-production and cultures of inclusion. It will test ways in which organizations and community groups can work together to enhance understandings of homelessness, as well as developing skills and positive outcomes for people who have experienced homelessness.

Dr Jayanthi Lingham, Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Jayanthi is a Research Fellow on the ESRC-funded study, 'Care, Caring and Carers', led by Prof Shirin Rai and working with Research Fellow Dr Shahnaz Akhter, as part of the Consortium on Practices of Wellbeing and Resilience in BAME Families and Communities (Co-POWeR). Shirin, Jayanthi and Shahnaz are carrying out the research on care and caring during Covid-19 in two Midlands cities, Coventry and Leicester. With the WIE collaboration and co-production funding, Jayanthi will work in partnership with two community organisations in Leicester, Highfields Community Association and Women 4 Change. Together, they will facilitate a series of community-based sessions that will bring older and younger people from racially minoritised communities in the city together to share life histories and creative skills. The aim will be to contribute to developing 'intergenerational connections' as communities emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

Professor David Lambert, Department of History

David will be working to strengthen and expand Warwick's relationship with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), the UK's learned society and professional body for Geography. Its London headquarters holds over two million collection items, which provide an unparalleled resource tracing 500 years of geographical discovery and research across the globe. Along with colleagues in History, the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Digital Inquiry, the Library and the Modern Records Centre, the aim will be to develop short- and long-term collaborations around research, education, public engagement and collections.


When to submit your application

Applications open September and January. An online application form will be made available through our webpages.

All monies awarded to be spent by the end of the financial year (31 July)