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Bringing Research to the Wider Public

TCCE leads a unique programme of activities that aims to bring to wider public attention the diversity of academic research currently being developed by our member institutions and to connect universities with the cultural and creative industries in the process.We run two major events each year to support this work. These are the Inside Out Festival, first launched in 2008, and Walking the City, a weekend long initiative that takes place every Spring.

Inside Out Festival

Inside Out Festival is a major annual event in the TCCE calendar. It was established in 2008 and continues to be the highlight of our annual programme.

The festival gives all TCCE network members the opportunity to come together as network in a diverse  festival each October. Talks, walks, workshops, debates, concerts, hackathons, exhibitions, installations and flash-mobs are part of the festival mix.

The festival presents a unique opportunity to present research to – and indeed often with – diverse publics and to develop activities that might otherwise not have a publicly facing platform. Typically we present up to 50 events each festival week and have been  fortunate to work with a very diverse range of cultural partners to make the festival happen.

Some examples of our collaborators include: Freud Museum, The British Academy, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Somerset House. Times Higher Education is Inside Out Festival’s key media partner.

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The Inside Out Festival is a great microcosm of the larger organisation and clearly demonstrates the value of the TCCE’s work to raise issues and broker connections.

Prof Sandy Black,
Centre for Sustainable Fashion,
London College of Fashion, UAL

Walking the City

Our research communities are continually at the forefront of generating fresh and compelling knowledge about so many facets of our city and urban life.

Walking the City is an annual weekend event that acts as a lever to share research and knowledge beyond the academy, bringing to wider public attention some of the outstanding work taking place in and around our universities today. Walks have taken place throughout the city in areas as diverse as: Harsleden, Mayfair, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Stepney Green and Stratford.

The next Walking the City event will take place in April 2017.

The Walking Weekend gave us the opportunity to bring to life our research on the everyday life of Jewish and Asian immigrants in Whitechapel in the early twentieth century. Our participants were wonderfully engaged and especially enjoyed learning about the rich past of so many of Whitechapel’s apparently nondescript buildings.

Dr Nadia Valman,
Senior Lecturer in the Department of English,
Queen Mary, University of London

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