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Public Engagement and Research Impact

2nd March 2017

We would like to invite you to an NWCDTP / AHRC-funded symposium on public engagement and research impact that will take place at the John Rylands Library on 2 March 2017. Students from all pathways are welcome to attend.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to Nayla Thompson (enterpriseadminsouth@mmu.ac.uk) giving your name, institutional affiliation and subject pathway. Please also include details of any access or dietary requirements. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, and we have a (limited) budget to cover transport costs for those travelling from outside Manchester. Numbers are limited to 25, and applications will be taken in the order received.

Here are the details of what we hope will be a productive and enjoyable day:

Public Engagement and Research Impact

9:00-9.45       Registration (Café Rylands/Atrium)

9:45-10.25 ‘Engaging the Public’ Hannah Barker (Professor of History and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute)

10.40-11.15 ‘Academics in the Media’ Louisa Egbunike (Lecturer in English, Manchester Met)

11:15-11:40     Break

11:40-1:10       Roundtable: Impact and Funding (The Christie Room)

A roundtable session on impact and funding including presentations and discussion.

1:10-2:00         Lunch (Café Rylands)

2:00-3:45        Impact and the community

Case Study 1: ‘Taking an audience-focused approach: working with schools’ – Lianne Stennett (Education and Learning Officer, John Rylands Library)

Case Study 2: ‘Working with the Elizabeth Gaskell collection’ – Fran Baker (Archivist, John Rylands Library) and Helen Rees Leahy (Professor of Museology, University of Manchester)

Case Study 3: ‘Discovering Literature’ – Anna Lobbenberg (Digital Programmes Manager, British Library) and John Bowen (Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of York)

3:45-4:10         Break (Café Rylands)

4:10-5:20        Public Engagement in Public Spaces (The Christie Room.)

During this time there will be three sessions on offer:

(i)         ‘“Off Beat” exhibition tour’ – Dr Douglas Field (Manchester University)

(ii)         Translating research into impact and engagement – Poster presentations (PGRs and Postdocs)

(iii)        ‘Collection Encounter – Countercultural materials’ – Janette Martin (Archivist – Curator & Reader Engagement Manager, John Rylands Library)


2nd March 2017




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