Alex McDonagh has written a superb piece on Reflection & Focus – you can read it on his blog Heritage Thinking: http://heritagethinking.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/
The first Research to Profession workshop took place on 6th March 2013 in the Roscoe Building at the University of Manchester. The aim of the session was to greet the shortlisted candidates for the Research to Profession strand and to outline expectations of the process.
The first question under consideration was: “what does a research to profession placement look like anyway?”. The researchers in attendance shared ideas about the “perfect placement” and what that might look like (see photo above). We also had a lively debate about what to call these partnerships – many believed that the word “placement” was not suitable for researchers and that “partnership” or even “researcher in residence” were perhaps more appropriate terms. As with the Research to Public workshops, we spent some time discussing the benefits of working with cultural organisations, as well as how researchers might work with cultural organisations when designing research partnerships. The final part of the day was spent discussing the importance of reflective practice in the whole process.
It was an excellent opportunity to meet those who will be involved in research partnerships and we look forward to working with them as they embark on this exciting opportunity!