(Image: Lawrence Weiner at the Walker Art Centre)


The day will focus on the development of portfolio submissions of practice, with three workshops that will allow colleagues to produce and develop parts of their portfolios, as well as exploring issues of documentation and presentation. This workshop is suitable for any academic colleagues or PhD students in the final phase of their projects who may be thinking about academic research careers.

Two external speakers, Prof Christopher Fox (Brunel University) and Prof Andy Lavender (University of Warwick) will join us. Both speakers have experience of the development and assessment of Practice Research outputs during REF2014.

For catering purposes, and to make sure numbers don’t exceed those that can be reasonably accommodated in the workshops, please register your interest in attending with Lauren Redhead (lauren.redhead@canterbury.ac.uk) by 2nd June.

This training day will offer colleagues an opportunity to discuss and workshop aspects of the REF portfolio submission. Visiting scholars who were involved in development and assessment processes during REF2014 will offer expertise, and the day will include opportunities for colleagues to discuss and develop aspects of their own intended future submissions. There will also be the opportunity to explore aspects of documentation and dissemination through CReaTE and other media.

Workshop 1: Prof Christopher Fox

Participants should prepare three statements about one of their PaR outputs, each statement no more than 300 words. Statement 1 is an account of what it is: medium, format, duration, mode of presentation, techniques involved, circumstances of dissemination. Statement 2 is an account of how it was made, from genesis to realisation. Statement 3 is an account of its research content in terms of the REF criteria: ‘originality’, ‘significance’ and ‘rigour’.

Workshop 2: Dr Andy Birtwistle and Claire Choong

Claire and Andy will discuss the variety of outputs submitted at the last REF exercise and the issues around presentation and copyright.

Andy will present a pilot project around non-linear documentation of Practice Research.

There will be time to gain assistance with uploading completed documentation to CReaTE.

Wokshop 3: Prof Andy Lavender

Participants will address the broad consideration of Practice Research portfolios as four specific and separate areas: research aims, questions, timeline and findings. They will workshop and share their own versions in their respective areas, and discuss and develop these with others in small groups, before opening out into broader discussion. This will allow participants to take their own view as to what is important in organising material, and how to focus on the research aspect of the portfolio rather than necessarily the project as a whole.

Time Room Details


MDg01 Arrival, Coffee


MDg01 Welcome from Centre, and Objectives


MDg01 Presentation: Prof Christopher Fox (University of Brunel)
Practice-as-Research: knowing what we do and how best to explain it


MDg01/MDf02 Workshop 1: Breakout and Workshop Activity


MDg01 Re-convene and group discussion


MDg01/Lawn Lunch


MDg01 Workshop 2: CReaTE Documentation Presentation:
Dr Andy Birtwistle (Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts) and Claire Choong (Canterbury Christ Church Academic Library Team)


MDg01/MDf02 Coffee available
CReaTE uploading available in MDf02 with support from Claire Choong


MDg01 Presentation: Prof Andy Lavender (University of Warwick)
Practice as Research Portfolios: making a plan, focusing on research


MDg01/MDf02 Workshop 3: Breakout and Workshop Activity


MDg01 Re-convene and group discussion


MDg01 Wine Reception for Visiting Speakers