Developing university centres for sustained engagement and impact: Models and strategies

14 June and 17 June 2019

Moot Court Room, 8 – 10 Berkley Square, Bristol BS8 1HH

Universities increasingly face demands to generate new research income, deliver impactful research and engage important constituencies in their city-region and beyond. Centres and institutes are one way to address this need, but in many cases they must be self-supporting. How can centres be innovative, deliver real-world benefits, serve multiple constituencies, and sustain their work?

This one-day event (in two locations: Belfast or Bristol) offers answers from four centres—two in the UK, two in the US—who have developed different models for success working across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Collectively they have managed over a thousand projects.  They each have found ways to connect their work to a variety of audiences or constituencies who can use what they create. They have learned, in brief, how to flourish in rapidly changing external environments while remaining true to their contemporary university missions.

The directors of these four centres – Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (Queen’s University of Belfast), Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol), Center for Religion and Civic Culture (University of Southern California), and Polis Center (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)—will discuss how these centres evolved, how they adapted to new circumstances and responded to new opportunities, and how they created a strategy for continued growth. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all-model, the workshop explores four very different models to engage participants to apply what they have learned to the issues confronted by their own universities.

This workshop will be of interest to academics and those working in research management roles within UK universities who are looking to develop co-produced and engaged research and foster entrepreneurship in the arts and humanities and social sciences.  Thanks to the support of the Culture and Society Research Cluster in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s and Brigstow Institute, there is no cost for attending either of the workshops.

We would love you to join us for either of the two workshops scheduled in the UK:

Queen’s University, Belfast on Friday 14 June 2019, between 10am – 5pm

University of Bristol on Monday 17 June 2019, between 10am – 5pm

Please RSVP to request a place for the 14June workshop to or for the 17June workshop to by 1 June 2019, briefly explaining why you are keen to attend. Further details will be sent in due course.

It is our understanding that this venue is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. Please see the AccessAble (formerly DisabledGo) report for more information.