Welcome to Research in Translation

Research in Translation is an exciting training programme designed to offer knowledge and first-hand experience to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) on how to communicate their research to the public. Working closely with museum practitioners, design professionals and museologists, participants will learn the skills and techniques to develop an effective museum exhibition or display to present their research to a wide range of audiences.

The specialist, disciplinary specific nature of research means that academics can often find it hard to present their work to non-specialist audiences in a meaningful way. As the benefits of knowledge transfer become more apparent, being able to get across your research to the public (and to potential funders!) in effective, engaging and creative ways is a very important and valuable ability.

The AHRC and Research in Translation consider Early Career Researchers those at the start of their career. More specifically, in order to qualify as ‘Early Career’ researchers should hold a PhD (in every arts, humanities, and social science discipline or beyond) and have to be within eight years of the award of their doctoral title or within six years of their first academic appointment.

Research in Translation is a partnership between the School of Museum Studies (University of Leicester), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), and the international design consultancies Land Design Studio and Metaphor. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Collaborative Skills Development ECR-led call (September 2013).

The project has been developed and is managed collaboratively by Dr Ceri Jones (Research Associate, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester) and Dr Serena Iervolino (Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology at UCL Qatar, and Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester).

You can find out more about the training programme by clicking on the headings in the menu.

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