Kings Engaged Researcher Network (KERN)

What is KERN?

KERN is an exciting new collaboration which launched in October 2016.  KERN aims to foster a growing community of researchers interested in developing, sharing and celebrating their public engagement practice at King’s. The Engaged Researcher meetings and events are aimed at students, researchers and clinical staff at King’s College London. The idea behind KERN is to create a social network for researchers interested in engaging different audiences with their research. They also share monthly newsletters with opportunities to get involved, information on funding, resources and sharing examples of good practice.

Upcoming Events:

RUNNING THE KERN – WORKSHOP

Interested in running the KERN? The why not go along to their brainstorm workshop & decide how the KERN should run in 2017/18 (there will be cake!). Sign up here. (places limited)

If you are interested in enhancing your CV and developing your engagement experience, make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.

21 March 2017 | 2-4pm | Council Room | Free

CALLING ALL SCIENCE BUSKERS!

Did you attend KERN’s ‘How to make a busk’ workshop in Feb? The Crick has an exciting call out for science buskers!

Interested? Email KERN at KERN@kcl.ac.uk by 22 March 2017

King’s Research Strategy – we want to hear from you

On 16th May, King’s launched a university wide consultation around a refreshed Research Strategy for King’s. The research strategy aims to connect and enhance faculty strategies and to exploit synergies and interdisciplinary research opportunities. It should provide clarity of purpose around our research endeavour and enable the best research from our staff and post-graduate researchers. It feeds directly into King’s 2029 Vision, where research is a strategic priority, and is interlinked with the Education and International strategies.

The papers have been developed with university leadership, faculty research leads and a number of staff (academic and professional services) via a series of meetings and workshops and give a starting point upon which to build the wider consultation. Your feedback is vital in ensuring we have identified the correct enablers which will allow you to deliver your research, feel supported during your research career and, ultimately, in delivering this ambition for King’s. These are initial ideas, by no means finalised. We hope they will be refined and added to during the engagement process.

We are excited to share these papers with you and are keen to hear your feedback. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to take part.

Please visit the internal webpages to view the papers and find out how to give your feedback.

 

Research with Reach: Ideas lab | Monday 15th December

A guest article written by Ella Parry-Davies, Research Student, Department of English

Led by the convenors of Research with Reach, this lab-style workshop will be a chance to bring personal projects to the table. We will discuss your projects, looking at their strengths and weaknesses; the ways to enhance their communication, structure, content and future development. You will leave with a clear outline of the necessary goals for realising your personal project, informed by tailored resources and focussed discussion.

Attendees are advised to bring an object that plays a role in their research, through which they will be asked to speak about the ‘third space‘ potential of their work. These discussions will then lead to in-depth workshop-style activities, drawing on the expert knowledge of Research with Reach collaborators, such as Kate Dorney (V&A), Jules Evans (Centre for the History of Emotions), Peter Florence (Founder, Hay Festival), Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound). For those who have engaged with the Research with Reach programme, this is an opportunity to collate all of your experience and channel it specifically into your future. For those new to Research with Reach, read about the programme on our website.

To book, please confirm attendance via email to ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk and penny.newell@kcl.ac.ukWhen booking, attendees are additionally asked to send a short, informal summary of their ‘third space’ project, so that on-day resources can be tailored.

The workshop takes place on Monday 15th December, 2pm – 5pm, in Room 2.45, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus.

Led by Ella Parry-Davies and Penny Newell

Research with Reach: a training programme for PGRs in the Arts and Humanities

A guest article written by Penny Newell, Research Student, Department of English

Research with Reach is aimed at A&H research students who are thinking through the scope of their research outside of academia. It fosters the skills and opportunities we need to broaden the range of research output, to garner and enjoy wider readerships and exciting collaborations, and to deliver rigorous writing on public platforms that value our ideas.

Student-led and funded by the King’s Researcher Development Unit, we’ve lined up a conference event on 16th May 2014, bringing together top journalists like Nick Bradshaw and Roderick Conway Morris; Peter Florence MBE, the director of Hay Festival; tweeting, blogging and enterprising academics, and exciting new thinkers from across A&H.

We’ll follow up in the summer with intensive half-day workshops on practical skill sets like writing style, web design, and curating a cohesive and powerful online presence.

As two postgraduate researchers at King’s, this project has sent us on a seemingly eternal quest to find out more about academic scope and publishing opportunities – from meetings in dark corridors to get to the bottom of juggling the REF and ‘impact’, to UCL to meet globally-renowned blogger @melissaterras. From contacting arts facilitators with MBEs to starting twitter dialogues on the ever-growing hash tag #EngagedAcademics… We hope what we’ve learnt will equip our cohort of scholars with the know-how we need to break into an emerging and exciting realm of publishing.

Book your free place at the conference at http://researchwithreach.eventbrite.co.uk. Places are limited, and open only to PhD candidates in Arts and Hums.

Tweet us: #ResearchWithReach

Get in touch: ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk; penny.newell@kcl.ac.uk