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AHRC CDT Research Training Programme 2015/2016

This page provides you with details of the opportunities on subject specific training sessions available at both Northumbria and Sunderland universities.

Session 1 - PRACTISING RESEARCH - Wednesday 14th October 2014, 12.15 to 5.00 pm

Ashbourne House This session provides an opportunity for new students to introduce themselves and their projects to our practice-based research community. Students are asked to give a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation outlining their research question and the context out of which it has emerged. Current and recently completed students will contribute to the session by reflecting on their experience of the different stages of the PhD process. Key supervisory staff will be identified and their research interests described. The aim is to set the context for practice-led PhDs to explore the range of thematic and methodological approaches represented within our art & design research community.


Venue: UNorthumbria University, Ground floor meeting room, BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle.

For further information please contact: Prof. David Campbell: david.campbell@northumbria.ac.uk

To book a place please contact: Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk


Session 2 - UNDERSTANDING THE RESEARCH FIELD - Wednesday 27th January 2016, 10.00 am to 4.00pm

GSN Skylight This session will compare and contrast the different approaches to art & design research undertaken at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. The session will be structured around the presentation of a series of 15 minute presentations by students at different stages of their research journey and will facilitate an exploration of the range of methodological approaches employed by our art & design researchers. Students will be asked to address the following questions:

  • What is your key research question - what are you trying to find out/explore/critique/examine?
  • How will you do this - what methods/techniques/approach/tools/materials do you use/adopt/exploit?
  • What is the main audience for this work- how will you disseminate your findings?
  • How will you know if you have succeeded or otherwise?
  • What is next?

Venue: Northumbria University, Ground floor meeting room, BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle.

For further information please contact: Paul Rodgers paul.rodgers@northumbria.ac.uk

To book a place please contact: Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk

Session 3 - DEALING WITH DATA - Wednesday 24th February 2016, 2.00 to 4.00pm

GSN Skylight This session will explore how we might best deal with data. The session will comprise the sharing of how past and present CDT art and design PhD students have dealt with key stages of their PhD project. That is, the collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of data. The session will focus on how data has been collected during each student’s fieldwork; we will interrogate and explore what we do after fieldwork. That is, we collect data from our fieldwork, experiments, observations, practice BUT what do we do next? How do we make sense of it?

This session will cover how we convert raw data (where we know nothing) into information (that is useful, organized and structured) into knowledge (contextualized and synthesized) and eventually into wisdom (understanding)?



Venue: Northumbria University, Ground floor meeting room, BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle.

For further information please contact Professor Paul Rodgers: paul.rodgers@northumbria.ac.uk

To book a place please contact: Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk

Session 4 - PRESENTING RESEARCH - Wednesday 16th March 2016, 10.00 am to 4.00pm

GSN SkylightLocation: Syndicate Room 1, Ground Floor in the Murray Library, University of Sunderland, 5.30-7.00pm
This session will be an opportunity to discuss the relationship between the practice-based and written elements of the research project and provide students with the chance to rehearse and test presentational strategies for both. If appropriate to their project, students are asked to present a representative selection of their practice-based research, this will become the focus of a group critique with students and staff. The session will address the progression of the research project, the relationship between art/design practice and its written and oral narration and ethical and copyright issues arising from the research project.

Venue: Northumbria University, Post Graduate Studios, 1 st Floor, BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle.

To book a place please contact: Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk

For further information please contact: Professor Paul Rodgers paul.rodgers@northumbria.ac.uk

Session 5 - AHRC CDT CAREER MANAGEMENT AND NETWORKING (HIGHER EDUCATION) - Wednesday 11th May 2016, 2.00 to 5.00pm

GSN Skylight This session will provide you with information and guidance that will support your future research plans and enables you to better position yourselves for relevant employment. The event focuses on career pathways in Higher Education and will comprise of presentations that will include information on how the research councils operate (particularly the Arts and Humanities Research Council); how early career researchers are incorporated into periodic research assessments (ie the Research Excellence Framework); understanding the increasing importance of research ‘impact’; how to start publishing your research, and examples of art & design researchers who have successfully developed their career after their PhD.

Venue: Northumbria University, BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle

For further information please contact: Professor Paul Rodgers: paul.rodgers@northumbria.ac.uk

To book a place please contact: Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk

Session 6 - Northumbria - Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Student Conference: Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 10.15 am – 5.00pm.

Ashbourne House This collaborative annual conference for practice-based research in Art & Design will be student-led in 2016. It will involve external national speakers as well as selected presentations and workshops to provided a dynamic forum in which to explore the commonality and distinctiveness of art and design research.



Student Reps will be contacting students throughout the year to develop the programme for the conference. Venue: Sunderland, National Glass Centre.

To book your place on the conference please contact Christine Downes, Research Support Coordinator at christine.downes@northumbria.ac.uk

Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 15 June 2016.

For further information please contact:

David Campbell
Professor of Fine Art
Director of Northumbria - Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training.
Northumbria University
Studio 21
BALTIC 39,
31–39 High Bridge Street, 
Newcastle upon-Tyne 
NE1 1EW
Tel: 01912302492
Mob: 07792301509
E: david.campbell@northumbria.ac.uk



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