Our partner organisations come from across the Arts and Humanities sectors. Since 1997, we have been building connections between our expert researchers and our core and external partners. Through our commitment to collaboration we aim to extend the impact of research and expand the possibilities of materialising and sharing knowledge. In the range of training activities on our programme, we continue to nurture these exchanges and to seek new partners. Throughout this work, and into the future, we strive towards cultivating a more fluid and inter-connected dialogue between Higher Education and cultural institutions, policymakers, and businesses.

We engage with our partners through several different aspects of the Doctoral Training Programme so that over time we can build strong and sustainable relationships.

Research Employability Projects

During this 1-3 month placement we lend the expertise of our researchers through a specially designed project or as part of an already-existing placement. Benefitting both sides of the table, this gives candidates a chance to exercise and develop their skills in a professional environment and enables our partners to accelerate and exceed their current agendas. In the past, our doctoral candidates have worked with regional, national, and international organisations, many of which are already well established but some of which our researchers have helped to expand. These projects are not confined to the months they take place; they are made to last and create the foundation for future collaborations. This is been the case in many of our previous REPs, detailed more fully here: (link) 

Knowledge Exchange Projects

During these bespoke projects researchers work with the cultural sector to offer events such as public lectures and seminars, to curate exhibitions, or to organise accessible workshops. Each project offers a new route for knowledge to reach a non-academic audience. With the vision of sharing resources, these events have been so far designed with aims including increasing access to higher education, cultivating an ongoing conversation between museums and universities in the digital age, and provoking creative and artistic boundaries in service of bodily and mental health. More detailed project descriptions can be found here: (link)