At the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol, research and engagement offices in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSAH) have worked with senior leaders internally and externally to secure their advocacy for the role of SSAH in the modern impact and engagement-focussed environment. Workshop facilitators will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in building the external profile of SSAH, how they’ve overcome them by influencing and mobilising university leaders, and the opportunities they grasped working with partners, funders and clients to create impactful projects and programmes. Examples include the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business (a £2.5M research grant at Birmingham) and Bristol’s partnership with Watershed Arts Trust that created a shared network of creative technology businesses who collaborate on dozens of projects.
Delegates will participate in exercises that pull out the USPs in their institution and identify opportunities to influence external partners through their actions and those of others who they may deploy. Facilitators will draw on personal experiences to help delegates reflect on their strategies to influence funders, industry, and policy-makers. Delegates will begin to form their own plans as a result, and consider their own behaviour and steps necessary to form an advocacy network.
|Time||14:00 - 15:15|
|Date||Tuesday 5th June, 2018|
|Theme||Winning Friends & Influencing People|
Andy Newnham - College Business Engagement Partner, University of Birmingham
Veronica Littlewood - Research Planning Partner, University of Birmingham
Dr Kate Miller - Head of Public Engagement, University of Bristol
Dr Andrew Wray - Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Bristol