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Overview: The SHARE network (formerly ASHPIT) holds three policy and practice think tank days per year. These will include a policy overview, a keynote speaker, a workshop on a particular aspect of researcher development, and a best-practice sharing session. Summaries of presentations given at and resources arising from these think tanks are written up and published in our newsletters for the benefit of those who cannot attend.

Third SHARE Policy and Practice Think Tank  – 12/07/2013.

The third meeting of the Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Researcher Education (SHARE) Network will be held at the UCL Careers Service, London on Friday 12th July 2013. The theme for the event is Transdisciplinary Research.

A provisional programme is produced here. To book your free place click here or follow the weblink Within the booking form there is an opportunity to express an interest in presenting a piece of multidisciplinary research should you wish to share this and your experiences with the group.

All times subject to revision:


Registration and Coffee

Morning Sessions: What is transdisciplinarity and why should we do it?


Introduction & Policy Perspective –  policy context and key term definitions


RCUK perspective – A representative of the AHRC/ESRC will explore the Research Councils’ impetus for and move towards trans-disciplinarity via DTCs and BGPII, as well as considering the Councils’ cross-cutting themes, priority research areas, and what interdisciplinary work can bring to those


Academic perspective – (how) does working across disciplines enhance research quality?


Coffee& Q&A


Careers perspective – How do employers recruit and what skills and aptitudes do they look for? How does transdisciplinary research help to inculcate those skills/ aptitudes?


Transdisciplinarity and research impact: A REF perspective – how does working across disciplines help researchers to maximise the ‘reach’ and ‘significance’ of their work?

Case study: maximizing impact using digital technologies



Afternoon Sessions: How can we work across disciplines?


Academic perspective – novel methodological applications: what can the arts and humanities usefully ‘borrow’ from the sciences?


Researcher development perspective – training researchers to develop and use transdisciplinary methodological approaches


Coffee & Q&A


Transdisciplinarity in action – Case studies of current or recent transdisciplinary research projects, focusing particularly on the skills that those projects required and/or helped to develop; the non-academic impacts of the research; and the ways in which it has helped researchers progress within their chosen career paths.


Final remarks and close

Second SHARE Policy and Practice Think Tank – 28/02/2013.

The second meeting of the Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Researcher Education (SHARE) Network will be held at the University of Southampton (Senate Room, George Thomas Building – Building 37, of the Highfield Campus) on Thursday 28th February 2013. The theme for the event is Public Engagement & Impact in the ASH Disciplines.

A provisional programme is produced here, but if you have any questions about the event please contact its organiser, Richard Carruthers at To book your free place Click Here or email Richard Carruthers.

Provisional Programme:

10:00 Arrival & Registration with Coffee
10.30 – 10:45 Welcome, Introductions & Overview
10:45 – 11:05 Presentation – RDF Lenses – The Public Engagement Lens and The Impact Lens of the RDF.  An overview of the Lenses and updates from Vitae.Dr Heather Pateman, Programme Manager, Vitae.
11:10 – 11:35 Presentation – “LifeLab – Meet the Scientist” – An overview of a pilot project at the University of Southampton within STEM subject areas designed to provide an effective and stimulating science education to school children to develop scientific thinking and gain insight into the broader scientific context. Discussions will focus around taking areas of best practice from the STEM pilot to subject areas within ASH disciplines.Dr Kath Woods-Townsend, LifeLab Programme Manager, University of Southampton.
11:35 – 11:45 SHORT BREAK
11:45– 12:00 Case Studies – Archaeology, NADFAS, the Churches Conservation Trust and some snooker balls: Training community groups to use alternative technology solutions as part of a national project to recrd church memorials. Nicole Beale, PhD candidate at Web Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, University of Southampton. Gareth Beale, Archaeology, University of Southampton.
12:00 – 12:40 Case Studies –  Southampton City Council – A summary of various project models utilised by SCC in collaboration with university partnerships in ASH disciplines. Padmini Broomfield, Lead Outreach Projects Officer, Arts & Heritage, Southampton City Council.
12:40 – 13:00 Q&A Session – Morning Wrap Up.
13:00 – 13:40 LUNCH
13:40 – 14:00 Case Studies – A short presentational talk on translating academic studies (18th Century English Literature) to public activities within museums, galleries and schools.Dr Abigail Williams, Lord White Fellow and Tutor in English, St Peter’s College, University of Oxford.
14:00 – 14:15 Presentation – “Public Engagement in the Arts” – Focus on art galleries from a mulch-disciplinary perspective. Sarah Kerr, REF/Research Impact Manager, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham.
14:15 – 14:50 Presentation – “Social Media: You do have time for this!”As they say… “Twitter can be a very effective tool for increasing the visibility of your research, networking and keeping up-to-date with subjects that are relevant to you.” Thinking strategically about your online reputation is essential for academics today. In this session, we demonstrate from our own experiences how to use tools such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress (blogging) and LinkedIn to your best advantage.Dr Lisa Harris, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, University of Southampton. Fiona Harvey, Education Development Manager, CITE, University of Southampton. Dr Lorraine Warren, Senior Lecturer in Innovation, University of Southampton.
14.50 – 15.00 SHORT BREAK
15:00 – 15:15 Case Studies – The National Gallery. A review of case studies provided by Ali Mawla, Education Department, The National Galley.
15:15 – 15:45 Group Exercise – Group discussions
15:45 – 16:00 Group Feedback
16:00 – Summary, Q&A and Networking over coffee
16.30 Close

First SHARE Policy and Practice Think Tank

The first meeting of the network in its new guise as the Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Researcher Education (SHARE) Network will be held at the University of Manchester (Room 3.1 Roscoe Building) on Thursday 22nd November 2012. The theme for the event is Methodological Training in the ASH Disciplines.

A provisional programme is reproduced here, but if you have any questions about the event please contact its organiser, Dr Emily McIntosh at

Provisional Programme

09.30 Arrival with Coffee
10.00 Welcome & Overview
10.10 – 10.45 Presentation – “The Case for Methods Training” an introduction and overview of the case for launching methods programmes for PGRs & ECRs looking at policies, rationale, models and approaches and looking at future models for methods training within consortia (DTCs and BGPII)
10.45 – 11.00 Q&A session
11.00 – 11.45 Case Studies – methods@manchester and artsmethods@manchester as models of good practice in methods training
11.45 Coffee Break
12.00 – 12.40 Group Exercise – integrating the “methods” model – how does the methods training model fit in with researcher development models currently operating in different HEIs, how might these models adapt to take into account methods training?  Should they be separate?
12.40 – 13.00 Group Feedback
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 –14.15 Case Study – Methods NW, artsmethods NW and engage@liverpool as methods programmesand working within consortia
14.15 – 14.45 Methods vs Approaches – discussion session on identifying relevant methods training in an interdisciplinary context with input from the research councils (AHRC & ESRC)
14.45 – 15.00 Coffee Break
15.00-16.00 Group Exercise–Engaging ASH researchers in discussions about methods and approaches to research.  Identify strategies for engaging PGRs, ECRs & academics.  How might this be different from discipline-specific training?
16.00-16.50 Group Feedback
16.15 Summary, Q&A
16.30 Close

Fifth Policy and Practice Think Tank

  The next think tank event will be held on Monday 28th May at the University of Oxford. 

It will focus on: collaborating in consortia; embedding impact; and preparing PGRs for careers in academia.

Provisional Timetable 

9.30-10.00 Arrival with coffee
10.00-10.45 Panel presentation: “Working in Consortia”: discussion of the benefits and challenges of working in the new context of DTCs and cross-HEI consortia.
10.45-11.05 Q&A session
10.05-11.30 Introduction to impact: Introduction to key points of the impact agenda, particularly in terms of the relationship between RCUK ‘Pathways to impact’ and impacts for the REF
11.30-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-12.00 Case study of current good practice in researcher development seeking to bring together these two types of impact
12.00-12.40 Group exercise: development of a hypothetical project encouraging PGRs to work ‘impactfully’ in collaboration with academic staff
12.40-13.00 Group feedback
13.00-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.15 Policy Review: “The Wilson Review”
14.15-14.45 “Preparing for Careers in Higher Education”: Introduction to the skills needed and existing provision for preparing PGRs for careers in HE.
14.45-15.00 Case Study of current good practice in preparing PGRs for academic careers, including an example of an HE ‘internship’ model
15.05-15.45 Group Exercise: design in-house’ (HE) internships to support PGRs’ preparation for academic careers
15.45-16.00 Coffee plus group presentations of / feedback on internship ideas
16.00-16.30 Summary / final Q&A


The event will be held in the University of Oxford’s Humanities Division, Hooke Building, Parks Road, OX1 3PR. This is the building to the left of the Natural History Museum, as you face the museum. 

Fourth Policy and Practice Think Tank Day

The fourth think tank will take place in London on Friday 18th November 2011 between 9.15am and 4pm and will focus on the topic of Placements and Internships.

Provisional Timetable

9.15-9.30 Arrival with coffee
9.30-10.00 Welcome and Introductions
10.00 to 11.00 Presentation:  Sarah Kerr & Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin, ASHPIT project leaders: Policy Review – why the imperative for work placements?
11.00-12.00 Panel Discussion

Dom Potter – Dom is co-founder of Internocracy, an award-winning social enterprise which raises the bar and lowers the barriers in internships. Internocracy works with employers to accredit exceptional paid internship programmes and supports young people into quality, paid internships. He is also the founder and Director of the Transition Institute; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; and a trustee of the volunteering charity TimeBank.

Adam Buss – A marketing and public relations specialist with more than 6 years of high- level working on major brands such as Sony, Motorola, Topman and Air France, Adam is currently Director of Audience Engagement at Derby QUAD Limited. He is a specialist in Arts marketing and public relation,  having developed national media profiles and marketing strategies for leading regional arts organisations, including Derby’s new £11million centre for Art and Film, QUAD.

Kerry Wright – Kerry is Postgraduate Placements Manager for the University of Nottingham, in which capacity she has been managing the European Regional Development Fund £1 million postgraduate placements project in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.  Kerry will cover the following areas: resource implications for universities; issues around setting up a large-scale placements project; the expectations of the industry hosts and other key challenges; ‘top tips’ for managing industry/ HEI relationships; human resources/payment of interns.

Isobel Esberger – Isobel is a postgraduate student who completed a placement at Reaktion Books this summer. She will talk about her experience there; what she got out of it; what the key challenges are as a postgraduate taking part in a placement ; and the key skills she developed during her placement.

Rebekah Smith McGloin or Sarah Kerr Chairs of ASHPIT and Researcher Development Training Managers at the University of Nottinghamwill be exploring how to use reflective practice to maximise the impact of a placement for PGRs.12.00-12.30Coffee Break & Comment12.30-1.30Case Studies: TBC

Anyone interested in presenting a case study should send an email with a brief overview of the placement scheme they would like to discuss to: Break & Comment 3.30-4.00Final Comments & Close


The event will be held at University College London’s Careers Service building, which is easily accessible from both Kings Cross/St Pancras and Euston station. Click here for details of the venue location and the nearest tube stops. For more travel information, please use the journey planner on the Transport For London site

Third Policy and Practice Think Tank Day

The next ASHPIT event will be held on Tuesday 12th July at the University of Manchester. The theme for this event is Employer Engagement and, as usual, the day will begin with a review by the ASHPIT managers Rebekah Smith McGloin and Sarah Kerr of recent policy pertaining to this theme. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Peter Forbes (Associate Director of the Council for Industry and Higher Education).

Provisional Timetable

10.00 Arrival with coffee
10.15-10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10.30 to 11.15 Presentation:  Sarah Kerr & Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin, ASHPIT project leaders -“Employer Engagement in Policy”. Why should I spend time on engaging with employers?   A brisk walk through recent relevant policy including a look at:  Leitch Review and CIHE submission on ‘After Leitch’ to the select committee, Smith Review – One Step Beyond:  Making the most of postgraduate education sector (2010), The Concordat and the RCUK Delivery Plan, Hodge Review of Researcher Skills Development (2010) and Hidden Connections:   Knowledge exchange between the arts and humanities and the private, public and third sectors (2011)
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break and Comment
11.30-1pm Keynote Presentation, Q&A & Workshop: Peter ForbesPeter is currently Associate Director of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.  He is a human resources development consultant and manages projects and programmes in the public sector. He focuses on employability skills development and helping higher education and employers create value through their links with each other.  Peter is a member of the policy forum of the Council for Industry and Higher Education. He has been secretary to the National Forum for Business School Deans and Employers, Council Member of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (now the Higher Education Academy), Vice President of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, Board Member of the Council for Education in World Citizenship and Board Member of the Foundation for Management Education.
1-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-2.15 Case Studies
2.15-2.45 Comment and coffee break
2.45-4.00 WorkshopMaking researcher development relevant to employers. Participants will work in teams to take one of the three key skills gaps identified in the Talent Fishing CIHE report – leadership skills, work experience and an ability to explain the value of a postgraduate degree – and develop a collaborative training intervention to plug the gap.


The event will be held in room 2.016/2.017 of the Arthur Lewis Building, marked number 36 on campus map. The venue is easily accessible from Manchester Piccadilly station; our hosts at the University advise  if you intend to take a taxi from the station that you request to be dropped off at the Manchester Business School.

Second Policy and Practice Think Tank Day

The second ASHPIT event will be held on Friday 15th April at the University of Oxford. The theme for the think tank will be Entrepreneurship, and the day will include delegate workshops as well as a policy update from ASHPIT managers Rebekah Smith McGloin and Sarah Kerr, keynote presentations by Alison Mitchell (Deputy Director of Vitae) and Andy Penaluna (Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship) , and three great case studies of current practice in researcher development.

Provisional Timetable

10.00am Arrival with coffee
10.15-10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10.30 to 11.15 Presentation:  Sarah Kerr & Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin, ASHPIT project leaders – “Entrepreneurship in Policy”. Why should I spend time on entrepreneurship skills development?  What do the Researcher Development Framework and Statement; Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers; AHRC Research Training Framework; ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines, and QAA say about entrepreneurship?  Examples of good practice.
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break and Comment
11.30-12.30 Keynote Presentation and Q&A: Alison Mitchell, Deputy Director of Vitae & Andy Penaluna, Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship, Swansea Metropolitan University and Chair-elect of Enterprise Educators UK
12.30-1.15 Lunch
1.15-2.15 Case Studies
  1. “Researcher Development in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: targeting the full discipline base” John Baxter/Nigel Biggs: University of Surrey
  2. “The use of social enterprise as a model with which to engage researchers on the topic of enterprise skills” Paul Spencer, University of the West of England
  3. “The Enterprise Cycle” Kevin Byron: Queen Mary University London

2.15-2.45Comment and coffee break2.45-4.30Workshops: Generating practical plans for entrepreneurship-skills development for researcher developers working with researchers in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities.  The case-study presenters will each lead a group looking at how to develop their ideas cross-institutionally, and Rebekah and Sarah will lead a fourth ‘wildcard’ group.


Humanities Divisional Office

37a St Giles’
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 280106

Please click here for a map of the venue location.

First Policy and Practice Think Tank Day

The first of these sessions will be held on Monday 13th December at the University of Nottingham. The focus for this first think tank day will be on Public Engagement in researcher development.  A provisional programe for the day is included below. Please note that we are looking for speakers to present case studies of their work on any researcher development project which fits with the theme of Public Engagement. If you or a colleague would like to present your work in this area to the think tank please email expressing your interest and giving a very brief summary of the case study you would like to discuss. Alternatively, leave a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you.

Those of you who are intending to join us on December 13th may find the University of Nottingham’s Map and Directions webpage helpful in planning your journey to the University of Nottingham. The policy and practice day will be held in room LG13 of the Trent Building. You may find this University Park Map helpful in finding your way there.

Provisional Programme

9.30-10.00 Arrival with coffee
10.00-10.30 Terms of Reference for the group
10.30-10.45 Coffee Break
10.45-11.30 Presentation: Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin & Sarah Kerr, ASHPIT project leaders – “Public Engagement in Policy”.Why should I spend time on public engagement activities?  What do the Researcher Development Framework and StatementConcordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers; AHRC Research Training Framework; ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines; and QAA say about public engagement?
11.30-12.00 Comment
12.00-12.15 Break
12.15-1.30 Presentation: Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.Paul will be talking about the headlines from The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement conference. He will explore the place of public engagement in the 21st Century university system and focus on the launch of the NCCPE’s Public Engagement Manifesto and associated resources – distilling the learning from the beacons initiative, and created to inspire and support universities to embrace engagement in their work.
1.30-2.00 Lunch
2.00-2.30 Case StudiesStudy One: Dr. Claire Stocks, Humanities Research Staff Development Officer at the University of Manchester, will be talking about the Humanities Researcher Showcase, a public engagement initiative allowing doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to communicate key aspects of their work to the public via research posters. Dr. Stocks will discuss the Showcase itself, as well as some of its key outcomes for both participants and their audiencesStudy Two: We will also be joined from the University of Southampton by Dr. Laurie Stras and Dr. Will May, who will consider some of the ways in which the Faculty of Humanities is putting Public Engagement at the heart of its postgraduate curriculum. In particular, they will focus on the development and implementation of a new project which will involve Creative Writing Masters students and their work in the running and programming of the literary elements of the New Forest Arts Festival.
2.30-4.30 Workshops: Generating practical plans for public engagement activity as a tool for researcher development in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities.
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