Knowledge Exchange Insights

Hello and welcome to our Collaboration Labs Knowledge Exchange blog series!

Our focus in this short series is to share the latest tools and best practice for academic research consultancy and effective knowledge exchange, delivered in our ongoing ESRC Collaboration Labs training series.

Why Knowledge Exchange?

Knowledge Exchange brings research outside of academia for real-world impact, opening up a space for open-minded, creative and collaborative dialogue between academics and their research communities.

In partnership with business, public and civil society, researchers create practical, evidence-based solutions to solve challenges and develop new, innovative areas of work.

As such, Knowledge Exchange offers an opportunity for researchers to better understand the challenges faced by practitioners, extend their professional and academic networks and make a difference with their PhD skills and expertise in the wider community.

Collaboration Labs

Collaboration Labs is an ESRC programme facilitated by The University of Manchester that supports research consultancy opportunities, professional training and bespoke coaching for postgraduate and early career researchers to engage in collaborative projects with non-University partners.

Over the course of the next few months, 35 Humanities and Social Science researchers from 6 different institutions will work on 10 inspiring research consultancy projects in support of curriculum diversity, inclusive leadership, food sustainability, tech ethics and much more.

Here, we will share professional insights from the programme, to help you develop effective research consultancy skills for your own research consultancy and knowledge exchange projects:

Part 1: Introduction and problem analysis

This blog will offer tools & tips to help you approach project challenges, formulate insightful questions and creatively explore the opportunities of your knowledge exchange project.

Read it here.

Part 2: From idea to plan – Creating your project plan

Using a structured Project Management framework is an effective way to stay in control of any project. This blog will explore tools and techniques to enable you to initiate, execute and handover projects with professionalism.

Read it here.

Part 3: Emotional Intelligence for teamwork

Working in a team environment can be challenging for many researchers who are used to working independently and have so far developed their paths by making individual choices.

This blog will explore some practical ways in which emotional intelligence and collaborative teamwork skills can improve performance, self-awareness and project success.

Read it here.

Part 4: Promoting your research – Steps to dissemenation and engagement

Taking the time to develop a comprehensive dissemination plan in the early stages of your research is advantageous for all parties involved in a project: researchers, partners, funders.

As well as raising your academic profile, dissemination activities can help you to reach and engage your key audiences, support and evidence research impact, develop new partnerships for the future, and gain external recognition of your work.

This blog will explore how to effectively communicate the value and results of your research project.

Reaad it here.

Find out more

Collaboration Labs is an ESRC programme facilitated by The University of Manchester that supports research consultancy opportunities, professional training and bespoke coaching for postgraduate and early career researchers to engage in collaborative projects with non-University partners.  

The programme is designed by Dr Rosalinda Quintieri, PGR Partnerships and Placements Officer in the Faculty of Humanities, with funding and support from the Economic and Social Research Council, the NWCDTP and the NWSSDTP. 

Find out more & keep up to date with our academic knowledge exchange activities on Twitter.

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