The Future of Practice Research: welcome back to the debate

 ‘The Future of Practice Research’ symposium at Goldsmiths, hosted in partnership with HEFCE on 4 June 2015, gave an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and research managers to explore new ways in which practice research is extending, and to influence broad agendas around assessment, funding and impact in a period of constant change.

To those who made it to the symposium, many thanks for all your contributions!  To those who didn’t, it was a full and fruitful day, and we decided to keep the conversation going with this blogsite. Building on all the vibrant work in our Practice Research community, we’re hoping this will lead to many new initiatives as well as provide a platform for debate and advocacy.

So do have a look at the materials attached inserted within a reminder of the programme for the day – currently you’ll find all the notes from the afternoon breakout sessions.  Our podcasts and slides will be added shortly.

Further ideas, reactions, provocations?  Let’s continue the conversation!


The Symposium

10:00 Welcome & IntroductionsPodcast to come

Pat Loughrey (Warden, Goldsmiths)
Ben Johnson (Research Policy Adviser, HEFCE)
Mark d’Inverno (Computing, Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise, Goldsmiths)


10:15 Different Perspectives IPodcasts and slides to come

Talk 1. Anne Tallentire (Art, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London)

Talk 2. Steven Hill (Head of Research Policy, HEFCE) – Slides: Steven-Hill

Talk 3. Bruce Brown (Design, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Brighton)


11:15 Different Perspectives IIPodcasts and slides to come

Talk 4. Lauren Redhead (Music, Canterbury Christ Church University)

Talk 5. Stella Hall (Festival director and consultant)

Talk 6. Sally Mackey (Applied Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) – Slides – Sally Mackey

Talk 7. Janet Hodgson (Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University) and Helen Wickstead (Art/Archaeology, Kingston University)


12.15   Q&A Panel chaired by Andrea Phillips (Art, Goldsmiths) – Podcast to come

13:45   Breakout Session I: Present and Future

Where is Practice Research now and how might it develop in innovative ways over the next decade?

How can we best demonstrate excellence in Practice Research?

How should we peer review Practice Research?

How might we develop common languages and approaches across disciplines?

Breakout Session I: Present and Future – All groups

15:00    Breakout Session II: The Environment

How does Practice Research relate to the professional world, and how might we enhance such relationships?

How can we best support and nurture Practice Research within higher education?

What are the strongest ways to demonstrate the public impact of Practice Research?

How might we reassert the importance of Practice Research, both within the academy and to a wider world?

Breakout Session II: The Environment – All groups