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Networking Activities

Bringing people together for conversation and discussion around issues of common concern, mutual interest and opportunity lies at the very heart of TCCE’s work and ethos of the organisation.

We create mechanisms to enable researchers to talk to fellow researchers within their own institutions and beyond, across the network. We also produce activities that bring researchers and others from Higher Education together with professionals from the cultural and creative sectors and beyond. Some examples of the kinds of networking activities we curate and produce can be found below.


From the point at which the ‘Impact’ agenda started to emerge, TCCE worked with our network to provide an ongoing forum in which to explore this, at times thorny, topic.

We first tackled the subject of Impact back in 2006 when it was still a nascent area. In 2008 we commissioned further research on this topic with particular focus on the impacts of some of the projects we had seed funded at that time.

Since then we have continued to provide annual member only Chatham House style events on topics such as: Impact NarrativesThe Impact of Impact and ‘The Ref: How was it for You?’ As the relevance of the Impact agenda intensifies, we are currently developing new initiatives to support impact activities within our partner universities.

On 7th July 2016 we held a Research, Creative Practice and Impact Roundtable to re-commence our conversations about Impact in the run up to the next REF.

TCCE has grown in confidence as an organisation and responded well to the changing HE environment. Alongside the memorable events such as Inside Out have been workshops and seminars to support Impact and ECRs.

Professor Katie Normington,
Vice-Principal for Staffing and Executive Dean of Arts and Social Sciences,
Royal Holloway, University of London

TCCE’s Annual Conference

TCCE’s Annual Conference provides an opportunity for those in the TCCE network and individuals from the cultural and creative industries to come together to discuss key issues of mutual concern and interest.

Since 2007, when we started with The Art of Partnerships at The Unicorn Theatre we have been running conferences most years.  Our key conferences include: Culture and Consequence (2008) with King’s College London, Beyond the Academy: Research as Exhibition (2010) in collaboration with Tate Britain, Connectivity, Values and Interventions (2012) with the British Library, Making the Extraordinary (2013) with Cass Business School and Culture, Creativity and the Academy, Building a New ‘Grand Partnership’ (2014) and Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal (2015) both with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Exit Velocity: Supercharge your academic career (2016) with the University of West London.

Through our conferences, we aim to explore collaborations and partnership working in different contexts; showcasing values, benefits and examples of good practice as well as highlighting challenges and shining a spotlight on the role of policy in partnership development between research the cultural and creative sectors.

After ten exciting and productive years, first as LCACE and latterly as TCCE, we celebrated our coming of age with a conference on ‘Culture, Creativity and the Academy – Exploring the New Normal’. I was delighted that we were once again able to use the Guildhall School’s Milton Court building. For me, it’s the embodiment of partnership between higher education and the cultural and creative sectors that we aim to serve.

Professor Barry Ife,
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Other Networking Activities

Throughout the year TCCE creates a range of activities to support conversations, networking and contact-building between members and artists, creative practitioners, industry leaders, policy-makers and others.

These range from small-scale and informal ‘salons’ such as our Design Salon On Public Space Now in association with Design Exchange through to our ongoing Philosophy and the Visual Arts Salons with the Philosophy Dept at King’s College London through to events over dinner aligned to topics of strategic importance to senior leaders within our member institutions.

In December 2015 we brought together senior leaders from the arts and sciences to explore and debate the topic of ‘Stem v Steam’. Reflections from that evening can be found in our new publication A New Steam Age.

I always find TCCE events very seductive – for it seems to me that their key drive is always about relevance and connection. So much of that liminal almost mythical place between HE and industry is neither. TCCE events are focussed on the real. Not in a reductive sense, but from a place of actual necessity. Real people in real rooms discussing real ideas.

Geoffrey Colman,
Head of Acting,
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

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