BSU Research News – 21/04/2017

Professoriat 2017

What do university professors get up to when not busy with research, papers, conferences and lectures? The Professoriat of course…

Following on from 2016’s highly successful event, this year’s annual Professoriat took place at Corsham Court on Monday 10th April. The day brings together professors from across Bath Spa University to share research projects and ideas, and form new, exciting collaborations.

This year had a special focus on the themes of Leadership, Impact and Public Engagement. Research Impact is the demonstrable contribution which research makes beyond academia to society, culture, the economy and the environment. It’s a hot topic at the moment for the university, as it looks to develop its Impact Strategy, both to meet the needs of REF 2021 and to support the university’s public engagement agenda, whilst also forming the focal theme of this year’s Early Stage Researcher Conference.

The day started with a series of ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations on Research Impact currently being undertaken, whereby twenty slides are shown for twenty seconds each. Martin Levinson began with his talk Working on the Margins, followed by Kate Pullinger and her presentation Smartification: Beyond Academia, or Academia and Beyond! Tracey Hill followed with Impact on the Streets of London, then Owain Jones with “Cutting through the Noise?” Impact in the Large AHRC Hydro-citizenship Project. Mahinda Deegale concluded the Pecha Kuchas with Buddhism: Politics, Ethics of War and Violence. The presentations led to lively discussions around shared research interests and potential collaborations, which should lead to some interdisciplinary grants and projects emerging out of Research Centres in the future.

After the Pecha Kuchas, the groups looked at a series of ‘Impact’ case studies, focusing on creative practice, the humanities and social science. The afternoon session focused on Leadership and Mentoring, with discussion touching on demands through the REF and TEF, sharing good practice, and what makes a good Research Leader. The focus finally shifted to Public Engagement, with discussions led by Public Engagement Champion representatives Pete Etchells and Tracey Hill.

A closing overview of BSU’s vision of public engagement was given by Vice Provost for Research and Enterprise John Strachan. John remarked on the day, “the University is aware of the importance of getting the professorial community together for discussion and sharing of good practice. Many interesting ideas were generated on our public engagement strategy, the role of research leaders, and on high quality impact case studies as we move forward to REF2021. The quality of the impact generated from research undertaken by our professors was clearly and entertainingly shown in Pecha Kucha presentations by Martin Levinson, Kate Pullinger, Tracey Hill, Owain Jones, and Mahinda Deegalle. Professor of Creative Writing David Almond also gave an inspiring talk about the nature and impact of his own work, ‘The Story Dances off the Page’.”


The next Professoriat will be held in spring 2018.

To keep up to date with all Researcher Development events at Bath Spa University, please follow @BathSpaResearch on Twitter, and check out the Researcher Development area of Bath Spa Live.

If you have any questions about our events in the meantime, please get in touch at:

Early Stage Researcher Conference 2017 – deadline extended!

After a rush of last-minute excitement, the deadline for registration and submissions for the 2017 Early Stage Researcher Conference has been extended to 12th May 2017. Don’t miss out!


BSU Researcher Development Programme 2017: upcoming workshops

We’ve got some great workshops coming up next month which are now open for booking:

Enhancing your Digital Research Profile
Thursday 18 May 2017, 10:00 – 13:00, IT Workshop, Corsham Court

This workshop will offer practical guidance on how to best develop your online research profile through the use of social media, website building and digital networking.

What’s next? Careers and Interviewing Workshop
Monday 22 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:00, The Barn, Corsham Court

This workshop will include a practical session on enhancing your CV and making the most of your research experience, and develop your understanding of good practice in interview situations.

If you intend to participate, you will need to bring a copy of your current CV.

How to Make Effective Progress
Tuesday 23 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:00, F32, Corsham Court

This session will offer participants in the second year of their PhD, or part time equivalent, a chance to focus on the critical success factors and management skills required to successfully complete their doctorate.

This session is part four of the Effective Researcher Programme.

If you have any issues following the links above or to find out more, please visit the Bath Spa Live homepage, click Researcher Development and you will find all our events listed.

Professorial Lectures 2017

Don’t miss the Professorial Lectures coming up in the next couple of months, starting with Mariele Neudecker on Wednesday 3rd May:

Professorial Lecture by Professor Mariele Neudecker –  Hull ‘Another City of Culture’, Wednesday 3 May 2017, 6pm-8pm, Commons G23/24, Newton Park Campus 

Mariele will talk about the exhibition “Offshore, Artists Explore the Sea” in the context of Hull being the current UK City of Culture. “Offshore” is an exhibition featuring 23 artists, curated by the art and science organisation Invisible Dust. Mariele has been making work related to the deep oceans and the Arctic for some time, and will contextualise her ideas and other projects within the art/science context.

The following three lectures will conclude the series for the year:

Geoff Whitty & Jenny Gore – Improving teaching: some lessons for the UK from Australia. Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6pm-8pm, Commons G23/24, Newton Park Campus

James Newman – Game over? The past, present and future of videogame preservation. Wednesday 7 June 2017, 6pm-8pm, Commons G23/24, Newton Park Campus

David Almond – Stories from the Middle of the World. Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6pm-8pm, NE.101, Newton Park Campus

All lectures are followed by Q&A and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there!



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