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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

The Institution has been successful in attracting European funding and funding from national organisations such as the Countryside Agency, National Trust and Worldwide Fund for Nature for major projects and symposia in which strong international links have been made establishing recognition for the Institution overseas. For example the DIME project has disseminated some of its outcomes (24 research reports) nationally and internationally including conferences at UMIST, Manchester, September 2000, University of Westminster, September 1998, Strasbourg, November 1998, Salamanca, September 1999 and Helsinki, December 2000.
The following staff, included in RA2, have gained national and international acclaim through a variety of research and scholarly activities which reflect the research ethos of the Institution.
One member of staff has curated conferences and exhibitions including Changing Views of Photography in Public Sites at the Royal College of Art, (1998), Artranspennine ’98, a Dialogue Conference between art, people and place for Liverpool Tate and Henry Moore Foundation, (see RA2), and New Art from Cuba, Whitechapel Gallery, London (see RA2). Another member of staff has gained international recognition and acclaim through his television and film work. The 60-minute television documentary Sixty Seconds that will shake the World gained the highest ratings on Japanese Television (see RA2). Research for the stage play Jump to Cow Heaven first staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997 won both the Fringe First and the prestigious First of the Fringe First awards. It also won the Scotsman award for Best New Play for 1997 (see RA2).
Staff have delivered papers at national and international conferences. These have included the Meyerhold International Symposium, Aberystwyth 1998, The Flight of the Seagull International
conference, St Petersburg, Russia 1996 and Brecht for the 21st Century, University of Bristol 1998.
The book The Potter’s Pallette has received international recognition as a standard work (see RA2). Another book by a member of staff, Thomas Moufet’s Insectorum Theatrum, has been purchased by major libraries in Europe and North America.
A member of staff was appointed as a QAA Subject Reviewer for Art and Design, one of three in the Institution. Fellowships include the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
A member of staff has been invited to exhibit at the 2nd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, one of five artists representing the UK.
A number of staff have had commissions and exhibitions reviewed by the national press, such as the Guardian and independent television and one member of staff has had work profiled through broadcast on Television South West and Channel 4 on environmental arts research projects.
Residencies undertaken by staff have included the Littoral residency at the Exe Maritime Museum, Exeter, at the Rhode Island School of Design, glass department, Grizedale Forest and at the 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, California.


Staff who have not been included in RA2 have engaged in a range of activities which have enhanced our interdisciplinary research culture. These include the following of note:
PhD, University of Strathclyde, City Cultures: Creative and Cultural Industries and Urban Regeneration – the Glasgow case; PhD, Lancaster University, Lifelong Learning or Lifelong Yearning – a Study of the Implementation of Widening Participation in Higher Education Projects; PhD, Lancaster University, Doctoral programme in Educational Research; PhD, University of Leicester, Encouragements and Constraints in the Development of Experimental Animal Behaviour Studies in Great Britain since the Late Nineteenth Century.
An employability skills research project was carried out in collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire and Cumbria College of Art and Design. Staff have contributed to and supported the research process in the role of facilitators and rapporteurs at Symposia organised by the Institution (See section 5a)
Staff organised and contributed to the Creative Collaborations (developing partnerships between artists, designer makers, education and business) Seminar in January 2000 at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. This was an Arts Council Creative Industries Project, funded by the Arts Council for England, with the objective of identifying and promoting good practice in collaborative projects, to make delegates more aware of current opportunities and to stimulate ideas for future development. The seminar focused on research findings, curriculum development, examples of successful graduates and their craft business, training initiatives, professional networks and regional strategies for the creative industries. Full details were published in Creative Collaborations. A Report on the Proceedings of the Creative Collaborations Seminar (Cumbria College of Art and Design, 2000).
Our policy of inclusiveness facilitates the provision of support and encouragement to be given to both experienced and inexperienced research staff who have participated in a range of research activities. These have included for example group exhibitions at Brantwood House, The Ruskin Foundation, the Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, commissioned artworks, contributions to newspapers, magazines, journals and books, the commissioning and direction of drama and musical productions. Staff have also been members and chairs of working parties and steering groups including for example Cumbria Arts in Education, an organisation responsible for commissioning residencies for artists in schools; Chair of the Crafts Council ‘Making It’ conference Developing Methodology for Research in the Crafts; Member and Director of the Northern Cultural Skills Partnership; Chair of the Higher Education in Art and Design Trust and Vice Chair of Northern Arts Board. Staff have also contributed to the research culture of the Institution through an appointment as External Examiner for PhD/MPhil at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Robert Gordon University and Wolverhampton University.


DIME research outcomes (information not provided in RA2 or elsewhere)
Five one-day training seminars on e-learning Learning how to use e-learning at Brampton Business Centre, Design Works Gateshead, Weybridge Sony Broadcast Venue, Heathrow Apple Computer Headquarters and Coventry Business Link Conference Centre organised by DIME in collaboration with Learndirect, Learning Materials Design Ltd, CNDL Group, Apple Computers UK, BT, Sony, McMillan, IPD Cumbria and BAOL 19 October 2000, 25 October 2000, 1 November 2000, 22 November 2000 and 30 November 2000.
Twenty four research reports have been produced and delivered at conferences including: BIMA conference – Best practice in the new media business – University of Westminster 22 September 1998 European Qualification Network – Strasbourg, France 27 November 1998; Printemps des Services – AFPA – Paris 17 March 1999; CADE, Teesside University 7 April 1999; Euroconference 99, Salamanca, Spain 6 September 1999; on-line learning conference, London 23 November 1999; EVTA, Helsinki 15 December 2000
Methodologies – 7 in all – research specifications for UK researchers working on the effectiveness of multimedia-based training; use of multimedia in the tourism industry, multimedia across all commercial sectors. Research specifications for EU researchers who undertook the work on the effectiveness of multimedia –based training and the skills required in the media industry; an evaluation methodology.
British Telecom – an in-depth case study measuring the penetration of multimedia-based training in other industries, an assessment of the variables influencing the effectiveness of multimedia training, predicting the future use of the same throughout the BT operation and assessing the market for BT’s commercially available open learning system.

4 CD ROMs – 3 on risk assessment each produced by a separate company – a comparative exercise on the effectiveness of multimedia design on the effectiveness of learning. 1 CD ROM – guide to using e-learning effectively/training needs analysis of the UK and European multimedia industries/curricula for training trainers to use e-learning effectively.

Users of this website should note that the information is not intended to be a complete record of all research centres in the UK

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