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BIAD Summer School: New Horizons: Current Developments in Research Practice

Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Birmingham City University

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM (CEST)

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BIAD’s Research Summer School is now in its third year, and has established itself as a popular annual event that introduces researchers to current trends and issues in research.

This year’s programme will feature the latest developments in research practice and consider how they apply to research in art and design. It will cover new approaches, such as digital and video research, and issues of current interest around publishing, the Research Excellence Framework, and the impact of art and design research beyond academia – including how research operates in the real world.

There will be plenty of opportunity to debate, both with the speakers and with colleagues and fellow researchers, and the programme will include opportunities for networking.




Monday 16 July 2012


9.30 – 10.15

Registration and coffee

10.15 – 10.30

Welcome and Introduction
Professor Richard Coles

10.30 – 11.30

AHRC Perspective
Professor Mark Llewellyn

11.30 – 12.30

Group exercise: setting the agenda

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Digital Scholarship – 10 lessons in 10 videos
Professor Martin Weller

Digital, networked and open technologies are leading to changes in all aspects academic practice across all disciplines. This talk will draw some lessons that can be drawn from current practice and projected development. It draws on the open access book The Digital Scholar

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.30

The Practical and Ethical Concerns of Using Video Interviewing as a Research Methodology
Dr Matthew Partington

With a background in recording interviews with artists and craftspeople on video, Matthew will discuss the practical issues of using video as a research methodology as well as the ethical issues which are particular to this approach. Using video and audio clips Matthew will offer examples of how to engage with video recording and one or two reasons why you should perhaps think twice.



Tuesday 17 July 2012


10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Design for Patient Safety – co-research and co-creation methods in the clinical environment
Jonathan West

In this interactive, interdisciplinary session, the user research creative techniques used at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art will be illustrated with a number of case studies. Following this overview, the group will divide into smaller teams to analyse a patient journey, identify errors and create design solutions.

12.00 – 12.30

 E-publishing for Academics
Jerome Turner and Lee Hewitt

Jerome and Lee will discuss various forms of self publishing and dissemination for academics, including publishing on the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks stores. For those who have ipads, it would be useful to bring them to this session.

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.30

‘Academic Spring’ or Media Hype? The open access debate and what it means for researchers
Dr Mark Carrigan

This session will explore the profound changes currently taking place within academic publishing and address their implications for researchers. Debates around 'open access' have recently entered mainstream debate, with the Guardian talking of an 'academic spring' building around the world. However the issues at stake go beyond open access and a focus on the technical details of particular proposals can often obscure the broader questions which the academic community, scholarly publishers and funding bodies are currently attempting to address. By putting currents debates in context, as well as exploring their practical consequences for those either undertaking or seeking an academic career, this talk aims to help move beyond headlines and bring some more clarity to the debate.

14.30 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.30

Practice as, and in Research: perspectives and issues relating to art and design
Chris Smith

Whilst research is a practice and generally there has been an
acceptance of the artefact in research as outcome in art and design,
there are certainly differences in the approach to the role and the
nature of textual support. This session is aimed at opening up the
debate with consideration of various positions from Scrivener,
Mottram, Biggs and Elkins.

16.30 – 16.45

Concluding remarks
Dr Anne Boultwood



Have questions about BIAD Summer School: New Horizons: Current Developments in Research Practice? Contact Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Birmingham City University

When & Where

Birmingham City University
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Corporation Street, Gosta Green
B4 7DX Birmingham
United Kingdom

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM (CEST)

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