BSU Research News 16/06/2017

Welcome to this week’s BSU Research News blog: a weekly bulletin of research activities happening at Bath Spa University!

This week’s blog will be all about the upcoming Training Seed Fund events to get involved in!


BSU Training Seed Fund – Dates Confirmed!

In early-May, the BSU Researcher Development Programme launched a new seed fund for PhD researchers. This unique opportunity to secure funding of up to £500 to lead training workshops or events, to which students feel will fill a gap in what is already offered within the university. Running these events will provide a fantastic opportunity for researchers to learn new skills and share  knowledge with colleagues, whilst adding valuable experience to their CV and funding record.

Our successful aspiring researchers who are now busy planning their events are: Laura Denning, Michael Pennington, Hannah Sackett, Camila Fuentez Diaz, Sabrin Hasbun and Eleanor James!

Check out their events below, get inspired and come along to support your fellow researchers!

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Led by: Hannah Sackett

Publishing research, creative writing or artwork in the form of a hand-stitched booklet, a photocopied zine, newsprint or a limited-edition print volume can be a route to connecting with audiences that more conventional academic publications may not reach. Collaborative zines, comics and hand-made books also have great potential for public engagement and education projects.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about working in these formats, share their own practice and research, and learn about Bath Spa University’s holdings of small press publications They will also have a chance to make their own mini-books.

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Led by: Michael Pennington

A researcher’s time is precious, and with the summer fast approaching, postgraduate and PhD researchers will be hard at work collecting, analysing and organising a significant amount of data. This is a critical workshop that will help reinforce good practices and time management in a crucial summer period for PhD researchers.

This event offers a collaborative refresher workshop for PhD researchers, hosted by Dr Katie Rickard, helping them to effectively utilise the library’s vast resources and offering support in dealing with large quantities of data and literature. Furthermore, the session will include a collaborative discussion surrounding the best ways in which researchers can efficiently manage their data.

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Led by: Camila Fuentes Diaz, Sabrin Hasbun & Eleanor James

This event aims for participants to develop a more critical attitude towards reading and writing with particular attention to the impact of creative writing across disciplines. Participants will be encouraged to actively explore ideas on how to use words and writing to influence their work fields.

The day includes a mix of lectures, practical workshops and a final panel that provide a balance in knowledge, reflection and practice. The whole day will be a great opportunity for networking across disciplines inside the university.
Led by: Laura Denning


This one day workshop will introduce the practicalities and possibilities of presenting research within an exhibition format – how to locate and liaise with possible venues, how to physically create and present your work as a visual showcase, how to reach audiences beyond the institution, and how to evaluate impact.

This event will draw on expertise from the organisers of Fringe Arts Bath (an annual festival showcasing work of up to 400 artists) as well as the expertise from staff at 44AD, an impressive independent gallery in the heart of Bath and input from research and support staff from BSU. Participants will undertake exercises aimed at increasing confidence, knowledge and contacts.

More upcoming events include:

Open Source Salon with John Wood & Paul Harrison

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 18:30


‘26 Things’

July’s Open Source Salon will welcomes artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, who started working together in 1991. Currently Bristol based, both artists studied at Bath School of Art. Collaboratively they make videos, drawings, prints and sculpture. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works often explore how human beings interact with everyday objects and their surrounding architecture.

In their experiments with movement and materials, many of which critic Tom Lubbock has described as ‘sculptural pratfalls’, Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy, to reveal the inspiration and perspiration – as well as the occasional hint of desperation – behind all creative acts.

For Open Source Salon, Wood & Harrison will discuss their working partnership, share some of their work and explain how one week became twenty-six years. As always, questions and participation from the audience are welcomed throughout!

Open Source Salon is a discussion group for like-minded creatives and enthusiasts who meet monthly to exchange ideas, hear special guest speakers, and enjoy local food and drink. Each salon consists of a specially invited speaker who will share their unique knowledge and experience on one of the four key themes at the heart of Hauser & Wirth Somerset – Art, Architecture, Landscape, Food. Open Source Salon is a collaboration between Hauser & Wirth Somerset and the Roth Bar & Grill.

6.30 pm: A welcome glass of prosecco
7 pm: Talk
8 pm: A Roth Bar & Grill ‘Sharing Supper’ in the garden – a showcase of seasonal vegetables from our Kitchen Garden, Westcombe cheddar, marinated olives, soft boiled eggs, cornichons, flat breads, grissini, Mallorcan almonds, guacamole and soured cream.

Please note this salon will take place in the open air, so please wear appropriate clothing.

Ticket price: £30
Price includes welcome drink, the talk and dinner.

To book please click this link.

Make your way to the Research Development Bath Spa Live Page for more information on upcoming events!



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