Heriot Watt University

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award event

Early Career Researchers working at the IRC participated in a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award event at Heriot Watt on 3 March 2017. BA logoThis event offered a unique opportunity to develop a practical and useful communication resource, a set of strategies and a plan for growing your ECR research profile.

Funded by the British Academy, this programme allows all participants the opportunity to develop their research digital story in collaboration with the project and have an opportunity to attend a networking and showcase event on 23 March 2017 at the Institute for Government, London. Participation is fully funded and supported by the British Academy Rising Star Award for Engagement 2016-17.

The sessions:

Communicating for Research Engagement and Impact
Dr Maire Braniff will explore personalized approaches to communication and engagement for your research. You will have the opportunity to develop a communication plan and identify approaches to key beneficiaries. This is an action-orientated and targeted session that helps draw upon existing good practice and facilitate wider strategies for growing your research engagement.

Developing your Digital Research Story
Richard Beggs, a digital learning instructor, guides you through your research story and outlines the techniques, attributes and aesthetics of what makes a story work for a range of audiences. Evaluating digital story practice, Richard encourages you to focus on writing your own research story through writing sprints and feedback sessions. This is tailored to your research.

Engaging with ‘Communities’: Opportunities for co-operation, reflection and learning
Dr Philip McDermott will draw on experiences of conducting academic research in community-based contexts. Engagement with community development organisations can be hugely rewarding but this type of research is also a complex and continually reflective process. The presentation will consider the learning experiences from Philip’s collaborative research with ethnic minority group.

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