Knowledge exchange and public engagement

Knowledge exchange and public engagement

As part of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact strategy in the College of Arts, staff in the School of Culture and Creative Arts are driven by a deep commitment to the public benefit of their work. As teachers and researchers, we are engaged with the communities we serve, within Glasgow, a city of unique cultural vitality, in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.

We believe in a reciprocal exchange with our partners which benefits both sides and is based on mutual respect and trust. Our colleagues contribute to cultural life as creative practitioners, artists, composers, performers and curators. We influence government policy and public debates at a national and international level through consultancy, advice, reporting and journalism; we work with business and industry to promote growth and prosperity; and we engage in a mutually enriching dialogue with the public by working with schools and giving public lectures or appearing on the media.

SCCA Knowledge Exchange and Public and Community Engagement Fund


Its purpose is to support and encourage knowledge exchange and public and community engagement projects at grassroots level or at an early stage of development.


Up to £100, in exceptional cases up to £250, can be claimed.

Eligibility and Process

In principle, any project in the broad area of knowledge exchange or public and community engagement undertaken by a member of faculty of the School of Culture and Creative Arts, for which other types of funding are not readily available, is eligible. However, the committee may prioritise projects with one or more of the following features:

• Seed-corn funding for projects which act as stepping stones or scoping exercises for larger projects with other funders
• Projects which are likely to contribute to REF Impact case studies
• Collaborations between different subjects within (and beyond) the School
• Projects with clear plans for evaluating benefits (‘impact’)
• Projects that are part-financed by other funders or where a funding gap has arisen

Applications should describe the project; list the individuals, institutions and potential funders involved; outline the nature of their collaboration; and detail the benefits for the participants and any third parties as well as any plans for evaluation. They should not exceed 500 words.

They should be addressed to There are no deadlines; applications can be made at any point, and the committee will review them as they come in.


The committee consists of the Head of School (Chair), the Deputy Head of School, the Impact Champion, and the Research Convener.

Our partners

Our partners range from the top of government to housing associations, leading international arts organisations to local primary schools, and they come from diverse fields, including government agencies, the museum and heritage sector, entertainment and performing arts, the media, business and industry, charities, trade unions and other non-governmental organisations, and education (see a selection of our partners below).

Our work is underpinned by world-leading or internationally excellent research and respect for and commitment to our partners and collaborators and the wider community.
If you are a potential partner from any of the fields mentioned above or if you are a member of the School who would like more information or advice on knowledge exchange and public benefit, please see our contact section for details.

Our partners

Government and government agencies: Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, EU, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), House of Lords, Creative Scotland, OECD, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Glasgow City Council, Goethe Institute.

Museum, Heritage and Environment sector: The Hunterian, Glasgow Life and its various bodies, Stirling Castle, Glasgow Museums (incl. Riverside Museum and GoMA), National Museums Scotland, TATE, Prado Madrid, National Library of Scotland (incl. Scottish Screen Archive), British Library, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, , RSPB, Scottish Canals, Scottish Waterways Trust.

Entertainment and performing arts: Citizens’ Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Film Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Opera, Dunedin Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Sound Festival, Lammermuir Festival, Environmental Arts Festival Scotland.  

Media organisations: BBC Scotland, Ofcom, Business and industry: Linn Records, Delphian Records, Sony, UEFA, Charities, trade unions, NGOs: The Musicians’ Union, Freemuse, Scottish Music Industry Association.

Education: Hillhead Primary School, New Rhythms for Glasgow.

Case studies

Refer to the College of Arts Industry Engagement pages and the Case Studies Database.


Dr Björn Heile, Deputy Head of School of Culture and Creative Arts

Dr Fraser Rowan, Business Development Manager, College of Arts