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Business Engagement Team and SALC lead collaboration workshop

(8 June 2017)

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), along with the Business Engagement team, recently hosted a successful collaborative workshop for the creative and digital industries.

Working in five multidisciplinary teams, academics from five Schools (AMBS, SEED, SALC, SoSS and Computer Science) engaged with digital and creative companies to develop collaborative research projects which they then pitched to a judging panel consisting of senior University staff and the creative, digital and technical lead at Manchester’s inward investment agency (MIDAS). The panel awarded funding of £5,000 to two projects for further development: 

  • Research Inward Placement Scheme – led by Reason Digital withMatt Stallard (SALC), Dr Jess Symons (SEED), Professor Richard Kingston (SEED) and Dr Anita Greenhill (AMBS)
  • Virtuoso - Using virtual reality to upskill musicians – led by EON Reality and Professor Ricardo Climent (SALC), Dr Kieron Flanagan (AMBS) and Dr Richard Allmendinger (AMBS)

The three remaining projects were commended by the panel and will also be supported in their development.

Dr Scott Midson, SALC, said: “The workshop provided a fantastic opportunity to interact with non-academics that I had not been able to experience until now, and it is something that I would encourage other researchers to consider. Beyond developing a project to pitch, what I found more beneficial was that the day provided a real insight into the mechanics of collaboration – like determining your own goals and then communicating them with the business partner.”

The Business Engagement team is now considering using this mechanism to help other Schools collaborate with the private sector.

The Faculty of Humanities Business Engagement Support Team (BEST) comprises Dr Andrew James, Associate Dean for Business Engagement and External Relations, Shanta Aphale, Business Engagement Manager, and Rachel Kenyon, Business Engagement Officer. Business Engagement describes any collaborative working with non-academic partners, which might include research, teaching, placements, CPD or facilities sharing.

  • For advice and support on any of these activities or relationship building with new partners, contact the Faculty Business Engagement Team via the Business Engagement website.