Workshop in Birmingham, November 22nd, 2023

Workshop date: 22 November, 9:30am-5:00pm (UK time)

Venue: Birmingham City Univeristy

Facilitator: Iris Tsang, Hua Dong and Weining Ning

Participants: 21 participants from the UK, plus three assiatnts for recording

Multidisciplinary background of participants: funding body (AHRC), museums, theatre and performance, policy, economics, education, arts, architecture, design, digital

Participants’ affiliations:

  • Birmingham City Univeristy, University of Kent, Univeristy of Exeter, Univeristy of Leeds, Univeristty of Leicester, Univeristy of Manchester, Brunel Univeristy London, UKRI/AHRC; Science Museum (Think Tank)

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to communicate the findings from the workshops in China, and develop the hub concept further with inputs from the UK participants. Speific tasks include the prioritisation of the hub activities/functions, hub models and the measurement of success.

Workshop agenda:

9:30 – 10:00am             Arrival and refreshments
10:00 – 10:30am           Introduction to the Fellowship team and participants
10:30 – 10:45am          Introduction to the SEED Fellowship project
10:45 – 11:45am          Workshop session 1: Share key policy, organisations & players,
good practice on collaboration
11:45 – 12:00pm          Tea Break
12:00 – 1:00pm             Workshop session 2: Review priority and activities of Hub function
1:00 – 2:00m                 Lunch Break
2:00 – 2:20pm               Presentation (working group leader, and AHRC)
2:20 – 3:20pm               Workshop session 3: Hub model/ structure; Hub sustainability
3:20 – 3:40pm               Tea break
3:40 – 4:40pm               Workshop session 4: Hub effectiveness & impact assessment
Session group presentation
4:40 – 5:00pm               Feedback, suggestions and wrapping up

Preiminary findings from the workshop:

  • Some consensus on the priortisation of the activities as the participants recognise that the hub will have limited resources and can not do all the activities. It should focus on the unique functions.
    ‘Code of practice’, ‘professional training’ need further clarification.
  • Shared responsibility and shared cost are regarded as important to the sustainability of the Hub
  • The hub can be a charity, a unit in a Univeristy, a network of existing hubs, or a consortia
  • To assess impact, clear objectives need to be defined; a range of tools can be adopted for measuring success (short, medium, and long term)
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