Forthcoming HUK events in 2019: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

The National Archives and History UK

Come Together: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

Where: Venues and dates across England and Wales (for details see below)

Cost: Free (funded)

Audience: Archive staff, academics, and higher education staff considering, or working on, cross-sector collaborations and/or partnerships.  The workshops are open to academics from all disciplines.

Book your place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-together-collaboration-between-archive-services-and-higher-education-tickets-53860849250

In 2015 the National Archives published a ‘Guide to Collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors’.  Since its publication there have been a number of developments across both sectors, so following consultations and desk-based research in 2018 the guidance has been refreshed.  The revised guidance is aimed at those considering collaboration and those who wish to develop their collaborative practice further.  It covers:

  • Types of collaboration
  • Forming a collaboration
  • Developing collaborative working
  • Recording activities and capturing impact
  • Successful collaboration advice

In June 2018 a pilot workshop to introduce the guidance and support networking between archive staff and academics took place.  Following on from the pilot’s success TNA, History UK, and MALD have collaborated on taking the workshop around England and Wales.  It will be delivered in seven venues across the two nations. (details below)

This one-day workshop will introduce the revised guidance highlighting key areas of change. It will also explore practical ways to identify, develop, and sustain cross-sector collaborations.  It will include:

  • Understanding the archive and higher education sectors – drivers, initiatives, support, and language
  • Identifying organisational and project priorities
  • The collaborative lifecycle
  • Understanding outputs and outcomes – mutually beneficial and sector/organisational specific
  • Measuring impact in cross-sector collaborations
  • An outline of recent updates to REF, TEF and Research Councils
  • Priority setting for partnerships
  • Networking opportunities between the sectors

Pilot participants comments:

“It was great fun, and an excellent opportunity to network with people from both the HE sector and from the Archive sector.”

“Excellent interactive activities which really opened up opportunities for making contacts and discussion.”

“It was a total buzz – I loved the actives – and the new contacts and the insights were great.”

Registration 1030 | Start 1100 | Finish 1630

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

Dates and venues:

Date (all 2019) Venue
Friday 31st January Institute of Historical Research, London
Wed 20th/Thurs 21st February Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
End of March Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff, Wales
Thursday 4th April University of Bristol, Bristol
May / June University of Leeds, Leeds
June University of Essex, Colchester
Thursday 27th June University of Birmingham, Birmingham

 

Book your place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-together-collaboration-between-archive-services-and-higher-education-tickets-53860849250

Survey of Higher Education and Archive partnerships

History UK is working in partnership with The National Archives to revise and update the 2015 ‘Guide to collaboration between archive and Higher Education sectors’. The updated guidance will inform partnership working between archives and higher education institutions, both in terms of research (the original document was compiled in context of REF 2014) and teaching (the new document will include significant updates in relation to TEF). 
Paddy McNulty Associates are undertaking the review and would like to have your feedback and comments through this survey: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HUKTNA/
 
The survey has been designed to:
  1. Identify the reach and depth of collaborations between archive services and the Higher Education sector.
  2. Identify the challenges and opportunities which arise when developing and sustaining collaborations. 
Also, for those who have used the 2015 collaboration guidance, there is an opportunity within the survey to comment on that guidance.
 
We are very keen to gather as wide a range of responses as possible, so that a thorough picture of archive sector and Higher Education sector collaborative practice can be developed.  The survey responses will help to update the collaborative guidance, and provide The National Archives and History UK with a greater understanding of the relationship between the archive and the Higher Education sectors. 
 
We would be very grateful if colleagues who use archives (both in their research and in teaching) would complete this survey, as well as circulating it more widely via social media and other channels.
 
The survey is open until the 19th March and should take around 20 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions please contact either Heather Shore or Jamie Wood.
 
Heather Shore (History UK Co-Convenor, h.shore@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)
Jamie Wood (History UK Media Officer, jwood@lincoln.ac.uk)
 
NOTE: the survey is hosted via Smart Survey, which uses UK based servers.

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