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Inside and Outside the Academy: Building Meaningful Relationships between Communities


University of Dundee, Matthew Building Lecture Theatre 5014

16 March 2015

How do academics from the Arts and Humanities collaborate in their research with groups and communities beyond the university? What are the challenges, ethical and practical, to building and sustaining these relationships? How can we ensure that such collaborations benefit the participating communities as well as the researchers, and over periods longer than the duration of specific project grant funding?

 While a minority of academic researchers have always pursued such collaborations, and are mindful of these questions, the Impact agenda has created a renewed incentive for Arts and Humanities researchers to seek out such collaborations with non-academic partners. This both offers opportunities and presents issues that require thought and sensitivity. This workshop, organized and supported by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, aimed to give full discussion of these issues by bringing together a number of academic and non-academic research partners from several disciplines and communities across Scotland to present examples of best practice from recent and ongoing work and to debate questions presented from the floor.

 One of the outcomes of this event was a one page guide to creating effective links with local communities, The Dos And Don’ts Of Building Meaningful Relationships.

Event ran from 10am to 3.00pm and included project presentations from:

  • Karly Kehoe (Glasgow Caledonian University, History) & Janet Baker (Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for High Life Highland) ‘A match made in the Highlands: A historian, an education officer and a school’
  • Chris Daglish (Glasgow University, Archaeology) & Alan Leslie (Northlight Heritage) ‘Cultural heritage, ongoing collaboration and sustainable development’
  • Alison Urie (Director, Vox Liminis) & Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University, Criminology and Social Work) ‘Co-creating learning, Co-creating change’
  • Annie Tindley (Dundee University, History) & Dr Miles Mack (GP, Dingwall & RCGP Scotland), ‘100 Years of remote and rural health care: past, present and future’
  • Alison Phipps (Glasgow University, Languages and Intercultural Studies), ‘ “Fragile, dangerous, beautiful”: When are relationships meaningful? –stories from Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)’