We have reached Phase 2 of our seed funded impact project; on time and budget. (Have a look at my previous post for an overview of Phase 1.) This progress is very pleasing for all the obvious reasons but also because it has been fairly straightforward so far. In our mini-team, we identified appropriate sites and site managers to target with our first phase of requests for interviews. We also had a good round of emails working out which questions to ask and in what order. We got ethical approval from the university and set out the email that we would send to interviewees to explain the background to the project. And we have now invited our first phase of interviewees.
Ann is a part-time Research Associate on the Catalyst project. She will be investigating all aspects of researchers' practice in digital engagement and how public engagement with research can be supported and facilitated through digital technologies. Ann is based in the Institute of Educational Technology, working with Dr Anne Adams, Dr Trevor Collins, Dr Richard Holliman and Prof Eileen Scanlon.
Anne is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology. As a co-investigator in the Catalyst project she utilises her breadth of experience in public and industrial technology research to support digital engagement in the project. In particular this includes supporting the Catalyst digital engagement researcher, Ann Grand.
Hilde's role is linked to two projects: to Catalyst and to Creating Publics. Through her contributions to these projects she aims to explore new ways of conceptualising and enacting public engagement with social science research.
Working in particular with Nick Mahony and Richard Holliman, Hilde will contribute to the delivery and development of a set of Creating Publics research 'pilots'. This involves translating the research aims of the project into a specification and design for a set of new digital platforms for public engagement with research. She will then help translate insights drawn from these research pilots into the context of the Catalyst project and to others beyond.
Nick is one of five co-investigators working on the Catalyst project. His main roles on the project are to:
- help plan and co-ordinate the work of one of the two Catalyst Research Associates;
- mentor relevant public engagement projects;
- contribute to career development and training programmes; and,
- translate findings and relevant insights from the Creating Publics project into the context of the Catalyst.
Richard is the University's Champion for Public Engagement with Research. He is both the academic lead and a co-investigator on the Catalyst project. He has overall operational responsibility for co-ordinating and leading all aspects of this action research project, and helping to shape strategic objectives for OU public engagement with research.
As the university's champion, Richard is based on secondment in the Research Scholarship and Quality Unit. Alongside his role in co-ordinating and leading the research phases of the project, he is also responsible for connecting the work of the Catalyst project with the university's decision-making forums and senior managers, including the Faculty Deans and Associate Deans for Research, and Research Centre Directors.
Richard is a Co-investigator on the Catalyst team, responsible for guiding the project's approach to working with organisational and cultural change, and the use of action research approaches for achieving change. He is based within the Department for People and Organisations within the Faculty of Business and Law.
Trevor is co-ordinating the learning work package within the project, and is also involved in the communication and digital engagement packages.
The learning work package is concerned with identifying the existing development opportunities for research staff and students across the university with regard to public engagement, as well as identifying gaps where additional support could be provided by the university or external sources (e.g. the UK research councils, Vitae, JISC or the NCCPE).
Fiona is the project manager working on the Catalyst project. Her main role is to provide project support to the principal investigator, catalyst champion, advisory board and wider project team, and monitor progress to plan.
Eileen is a co-investigator on The Open University's Catalyst project. She is co-ordinating the communication work package. Eileen is working to facilitate the development and adoption of effective practices and tools for staff, students' and publics' engagement with research. She is also involved in the learning and digital engagement work packages.
Eileen brings a wealth of experience to these aspects of the project, e.g. through her research where she has explored the use of tools and technologies for public engagement with research, through her contributions to science communication teaching and training programmes, and through her research into the uses of digital technologies in distance learning.