Eastern Arc Practice as Research Workshop

10 January 2023

Eastern Arc will be hosting a one day workshop on 10 January 2023 for those working on practice as research. It will be led by practitioners from the three EARC universities (UEA, Essex and Kent), and will be a chance to explore the issues and opportunities facing those whose work involves a significant practice element.

The event is free and open to all. However, it is primarily intended for colleagues at the Eastern Arc universities. Those at other universities, research institutes and organisations are welcome to apply and, if there is capacity, their place will be confirmed by 17 December at the latest.

The location will be a short walk from Chelmsford mainline station, the midpoint of the EARC Consortium, and the venue will be confirmed shortly.

To take part, please complete this form. If you have any questions, email info@easternarc.ac.uk.


The draft programme for the day is given below. This is subject to change.

11:00 Arrival and coffee

11:30 Practice as research and the REF: where next?

A panel discussion involving colleagues who sat on REF panels and had different experiences and involvement in assessing PaR as part of the REF. 

  • Paul Allain (Kent), who was on sub-panel 33 (Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies)
  • George McKay (UEA), who was on sub-panel 34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management)
  • Anshuman Mondal (UEA), who was on sub-panel 27 (English Language and Literature)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Effectively managing practice research

A series of short presentations from a range of academics looking at different elements of their work. 

15:00 Coffee

15:15 Funding for practice research

Personal experiences about the ‘funding journey’ in two broad areas:

  • The major funders (AHRC, Leverhulme, BA, ACE, EU)Paola di Franco (Essex) and other speakers TBC.
  • Smaller international or discipline-specific funders – Paul Allain (Kent)

These will be accompanied by a handout listing broad funding available in each area, and giving insights to each. 

15:45 Institutional considerations

Split into three groups, and led by colleagues with insights into support for PaR at each university, this is an opportunity to exploring issues of how to strategically and practically develop practice research within individual universities. 

16:30 Close