Knowledge Exchange training

A series of tailored training sessions and events to support Humanities postgraduate researchers in ideating, developing and managing collaborative research projects with external partners.

This is a series of practical sessions and public events designed to give you essential skills on how to develop and manage collaborative projects with non-University partners. 

The series is open to all Humanities postgraduate researchers of The University of Manchester and NWCDTP funded researchers of the Universities of Manchester, MMU, Salford, RNCM, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele, looking to apply to the funding opportunities of the Humanities PGR Placement scheme and the NWCDTP Placement scheme


All sessions are online. 

Getting Started with Researcher-Led projects

There are many opportunities to receive funding for creating collaborative projects with external partners that interest you on a topic that is relevant to your research and/or your professional development, for example through the Humanities placements and the NWCDTP placements schemes. However, it is not always easy to identify suitable partners and to develop a sound project from an initial idea. 

These coaching sessions will help you identify the non-academic impact potential of your research and offer you practical, personalised advice and feedback to get you started with collaborative projects that engage with non-University partners. 

When: every week, one-to-one coaching sessions, online. 

Please register online attaching your completed pre-session activity

Meet the Partner events

"Meet the Partner" is a series of short online catch up events that brings together Arts and Humanities PhD researchers with cultural partners to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, in view of developing co-designed knowledge exchange projects. The first step for the creation of a collaborative project is to understand what the other party needs and what their priorities are, so that a dialogue on reciprocal benefits in collaborating can start. 

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Writing successful KE funding applications

Once you have agreed on a concept for your collaborative project with a partner, it is time to put together a more structured project plan to define its details, so that all parties are clear on what is being delivered and how and funders can clearly identify the benefits of your project. In this group coaching session, we are going to focus on your draft project plans for your collaborative projects, as part of the funding opportunities of the Humanities placements and the NWCDTP placements schemes.

We are going to explore best practice tips for compiling this type of funding applications, how to make sure the project responds to a real need from stakeholders and how to use SMART goals to clearly define outcomes and outputs. The session will be interactive and be centred around expert and peer feedback on your draft project plan, so that you are best equipped for succeeding in your next funding round. 

This session will benefit postgraduate researchers looking to develop their collaborative project design and funding application writing skills, as part of the funding opportunities for Researcher-Led KE initiatives within the Humanities placements and the NWCDTP placements schemes. 

The coaching session is limited to 4 researchers. 

Next available dates: 

  • Wednesday, 12 May 2022, 2:30-4:30 online


Plese register online, attaching your draft of the Project Definition Document by the deadlines above. The PDD does not need to be fully completed but researchers will need to have reflected on the various sections and how they might apply to their project idea.