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 and 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 Places are limited, and open only to PhD candidates in Arts and Hums.

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