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Collaborate: a chance for academics to find out more

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Date: 25 January 2023
Time: 14:00 to 15:30
Cost: Free
Location: Online
A blue and yellow header for an event called 'Collaborate: a chance for academics to find out more', featuring an illustration of two people sat in chairs having a conversation with each other.

Are you an academic researcher based in the UK? Interested in applying to the
fund? Join this event to learn more, and get advice about strengthening your application.

Please note the event is only suitable for UK-based academic researchers. Before signing up for this workshop, please make sure you are eligible to apply to the Collaborate fund. You can find out who is eligible here.

Join us to learn more about applying to the second round of Collaborate – a fund supporting new collaborative research projects between the UK cultural sector and academic researchers. Funding awards will range from £5K – £20K.

Research topics have been proposed by cultural sector partners. For full details, take a look through the ten shortlisted projects. 

We are now seeking expressions of interest from academics interested in working with the cultural sector partner on developing these proposals.

This event will provide more information about the fund, guide you through the application process and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Expressions of interest will be open between Thursday 5 January 2023 and Monday 20 February 2023.

What are the benefits of taking part in Collaborate?

  • Co-develop innovative research processes, pilot research activity with audiences and test existing methodologies in a new context.
  • Work on live research topics with highly engaged research partners.
  • Draw on the project for future research publications, as strong impact activity for future REF case studies or as the foundation for further funded research.
  • Access a cohort of peers, learning resources and workshops.
  • Develop skills in research leadership and new ways to communicate research.

Eligible to apply?

We welcome expressions of interest from individual academic researchers or research teams from any discipline. You must have a PhD at the time of application and currently work at a UK-based university or higher education institution.


We want to make the event a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs please let us know in advance at

Live transcription by a palantypist (speech-to-text reporter) is provided for this session. Transcription will be available on Zoom captions and

The session takes place on Zoom. Read Zoom’s accessibility FAQs here.

We will also make a recording available after the event so that you can re-watch it at a convenient time.



Lisa Baxter

Lisa Baxter

Lisa is a researcher, trainer, speaker, design thinker and creative facilitator who relishes bringing fresh ideas and innovative practice into the arts, cultural and heritage sector.

Since establishing The Experience Business in 2012, she has pioneered new approaches to enhance cultural value, from audience experience design to civic engagement programmes. Her unique approach to value-creation has seen her deliver workshops, masterclasses, regional programmes and keynotes internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, Scandinavia and the UK. At the heart of her work is a strong belief in the generative qualities of collaboration and the soft power of empathic practice.

Lisa is the Partnership Manager for the Centre for Cultural Value’s Collaborate Fund.

Ben Walmsley

Ben Walmsley

Ben is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Value and Professor of Cultural Engagement at the University of Leeds. His research encompasses arts management, arts marketing, audience studies and cultural policy, with a focus on audience engagement and enrichment; change management in the arts; and cultural value and leadership.

Prior to his academic career, he worked as an arts manager for ten years, most recently as a Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Since 2014, Ben has been the Academic Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme. His monograph Audience Engagement in the Performing Arts: A critical analysis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.


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