Over the past year, History UK has worked together wit the The National Archives and the Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) to update the Guide to Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education Sectors, which was published last week. The guide is supported by innovative case studies from across the archives and higher education sectors. It gives insights into the drivers, initiatives, support and language of both sectors and offers advice on identifying organisational and project priorities. It also explains how to understand outputs and outcomes in mutually beneficial projects and offers advice for measuring impact in cross-sector collaborations.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to putting together this guide. We hope that it is the start of an ongoing collaboration with TNA!
Over the past few months, HUK have been working with The National Archives to update the Guide to Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education sectors that was first published in partnership with RLUK in 2015 and will know that a project is underway to refresh the guidance to reflect key developments in the academic landscape, notably, REF, TEF and Doctoral Training Partnerships. The refresh has been undertaken in partnership with TNA and has been led by Paddy McNulty Associates.
We are delighted to invite you attend the launch event for the refreshed version which will take place on 12th June 2018 from 11am-4pm at The National Archives, Kew. There is no charge to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Details of where to find us can be found here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/visit-us/how-to-find-us/
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
In addition to the above it will be a great opportunity for people from both sectors to meet and network.
Guide to Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education Sectors – Refreshed Guidance Workshop – SAVE THE DATE : Tuesday 12th June 2018
The National Archives and History UK have commission Paddy McNulty and Mairead O’Rourke to refresh the 2015 Guide to Collaboration between Archive and Higher Education Sectors. During Spring this year, we carried out desk research and a consultation with the archive and higher education sectors to inform the refreshed guidance.
We are now in the process of editing and refreshing the guide so that it is up to date with developments in both sectors. The refreshed guidance will be ready in early June 2018, and to support it we are running a free one-day workshop on Tuesday 12th June at the National Archives, Kew. This workshop will introduce the refreshed guidance, work through the case studies, highlight best practice, and provide participants with advice, guidance, and top tips for developing archive/higher education collaborations. It will be of particular interest to those who wish to develop new or existing collaborations with higher education institutions.
We will post more details of the event soon, but in the meantime, we ask those who are interested in attending to save the date in their diaries.
We look forward to seeing you on the twelfth of June.
Paddy and Mairead
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).
The survey has been designed to:
- Identify the reach and depth of collaborations between archive services and the Higher Education sector.
- 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.
NOTE: the survey is hosted via Smart Survey, which uses UK based servers.
Jamie Wood, History UK’s Media Officer, took part in an event on using archives in teaching in HE at the National Archives at the end of February. Jamie, along with other participants in the event, has recently published a post on the TNA blog – follow this link if you’d like to know more.
HUK are hoping to develop further links with the TNA in future – so watch this space…!