Research Hub – new spaces to create, inspire and collaborate

Published: 9 September 2020

An update on Research Hub consultations with the university community.

Earlier this month the management team behind the Research Hub met with Early Career Researchers and the Public Engagement Coordinators Group (PECG) to discuss how new spaces within the Hub could be used to support their activities and ambitions. 

Elizabeth Adams, Researcher Development Manager, helped organise the consultation with Early Career Researchers (ECRs). “The consultation was useful in helping the Hub team understand some of the needs of researchers who would like to access the spaces for their events, and to gain an understanding of the operational issues around booking and supporting those spaces.  

The Research Hub is a great opportunity for ECRs to build connections and communities and have the space to take forward their research in really creative ways. This can be through hackathons, crucibles, reading groups, community engagement events, social entrepreneurship or many other initiatives. 

External engagement 

Supporting external engagement is also a key ambition of the Hub and the team met with Public Engagement Coordinators from across the University to discuss how the new building could play host to a range of engagement activities. The session enabled coordinators to find out more about the facilities and for the team to hear feedback on the spaces from experienced engagement professionals. 

Zara Gladman, Public & Community Engagement Advisor, is keen to ensure that the University grasp the opportunities the new building brings 

“We had a productive feedback session with the Public Engagement Coordinators Group (PECG), which has sparked further conversations about the adaptability of the hub for different engagement activities, from workshops to performances and exhibitions.  

"Working collaboratively with the community will be pivotal for addressing the challenges of COVID-19 recovery. Ensuring we design spaces that are welcoming, inclusive and flexible will help support this. Thanks to everyone from the PECG for sharing their insights. There’s a wealth of experience and knowledge in the University and it is important that we tap into this as the Hub develops.” 

If you If you are interested in learning more about the Research Hub and would like to organise a discovery session for you and your colleagues please contact John Harris, Research Hub Manager -  

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Level 2 of the Research Hub provides a variety of spaces to support internal and external engagement.  

First published: 9 September 2020