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The Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London
25th – 26th September, 16th October, 2015.
Public Policy Engagement: Skills and Strategies is an AHRC funded training course delivered by Goldsmiths, University of London, on behalf of CHASE, the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-east England.
Public Policy Engagement: Skills and Strategies will give participants an enhanced understanding of how public policy is developed and how research in the arts and humanities can influence and inform public policy. It is aimed at Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers. Through a range of roundtable discussions with academics working in a broad range of the arts and humanities disciplines, non-HEI professionals working in the area of policy making and influence, and through action-learning-sets, participants will learn how they can develop the skills to effectively engage with public policy developments and understand how their research can be mobilized to impact on public policy, and to plan for, and evidence, that impact.
Organiser: Dr Derval Tubridy, Dean of the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Day 1: Friday 25 September 2015
9.00-9.45 Registration and coffee/tea Weston Atrium
9.45-10.00 Welcome and Introduction PSH LG01
10.00–10.20 Talk 1: Prof. Geoffrey Crossick, on Impact, Access, Engagement: The Arts and Humanities. Professor Crossick is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. A former Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, Prof. Crossick is Director of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project. Previous roles include Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, Chief Executive of the former Arts & Humanities Research Board.
10.20–10.45 Q&A and Discussion
10.45–11.00 Coffee break Weston Atrium
11.00-12.00 Roundtable 1: Campaigning for Change: Building Civil Society Capacity and Influencing Public Policy PSH LG01 Professor Natalie Fenton, Dept. Media and Communication, Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor Brian Cathcart, Kingston University and Deborah Grayson, Phd Student at Goldsmiths are all key participants from the civil society groups of Hacked Off and the Media Reform Coalition. They will lead a discussion on their experiences of working with and in civil society groups, in some cases setting up campaign organisations from scratch to influence public policy on the regulation of the press. This session will discuss strategies, tactics, pitfalls and potentials of public policy engagement around a high profile and contemporary issue.
12.15-12.45 Breakout groups to discuss policy engagement strategies – PSH 302, 305 & 314
12.45-13.15 Feedback from breakout groups PSH LG01
13.15-14.15 Lunch Weston Atrium
14.15–15.15 Roundtable 2: Arts Policy Research and Policy Development PSH LG01
Professor Victor Merriman, Claire McColgan MBE and Mary Cloake lead a wide-ranging discussion on the role of arts policy research and the policy adviser, Liverpool 2008 and Derry 2013, Arts Plan 1995-1998, Liverpool/Ireland Cultural Corridor. Professor Merriman is Director of Research in the Department of Performing Arts at Edge Hill University, and leads the Performance and Civic Futures research group. He was a member of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council (1993-1998), and chaired the Council’s Review of Theatre in Ireland (1995-1996). Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture responsible for Cultural Delivery, City Hall, Cruise Liner Terminal, Tourism and Policy for Liverpool City Council, Mary Cloake, CEO, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, former Director, An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
15.15–15.45 Breakout groups to discuss policy engagement strategies PSH 302, 305 & 314
15.45–16.15 Feedback from breakout groups
16.15–16.45 Coffee break Weston Atrium
16.45–17.15 Briefing on AHRC funding opportunities and guidance on Student Action Learning Sets PSH LG01
17.15–17.30 Concluding Remarks
Day 2: Saturday 26 September
The cohort is divided into Action Learning Sets. Using material from Day 1 of Public Policy Engagement: Skills and Strategies, and the AHRC’s Guidance on planning and demonstrating effective policy engagement paper, participants will meet for a day to generate strategies for real-time public policy engagement opportunities. The Action Learning Set enables participants to network, share learning, build strong cross-disciplinary relationships, enhance relations between universities and non-HEI institutions, address complex organisational challenges, and develop personalized action plans for public policy engagement.
10.30 Welcome and introduction. PSH LG01
11.00–12.30 Action Learning Sets PSH 302, 305 & 314
13.00–15.30 Action Learning Sets PSH 302, 305 & 314
Day 3: Friday 16 October
Welcome and Introduction
Talk: Mathew Lawrence, Institute for Public Policy Research
Response: Patrick Doyle ECR, Institute for Public Policy Research
Roundtable Debate: The Social Value of the Arts and Humanities
A roundtable debate with David O’Brien, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London; Vivienne Avery, Head of Research and Statistics at the British Film Institute; Andrew Molah, Arts Council England and co-author of ACE’s The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society: An Evidence Review; Gavin Barlow, Artistic Director of The Albany Arts Centre.
Action Learning Set Groups Feedback. Each set presents the findings of its discussions.