AHSS Networking meeting

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Join colleagues across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences business engagement, research and knowledge transfer, commercialisation, and everything in between for an afternoon of discussion.  Held twice a year, these events enable staff from across the PraxisAuril member network to meet and discuss topics of importance affecting the landscape of engagement. 



Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Venue: The University of Manchester's Sackville Street Building - F37 room (number 1 on map).

Enter from Granby Row, use the lift to floor F and the room is the fourth door on the right.




Wednesday 20 November


  • 12:00-13:00 Registration & Lunch
  • 13:00-13:15 Welcome, Introductions, Prep for Breakout Groups, Praxis-Auril SIG Update
  • 13:15-13:45 Presentations from colleagues
    • Jane Kavanagh-Lauridsen (University of Southampton) – Sector Scoping Events at Southampton
    • James Sharp (Birmingham) - “Consumer behaviour research with P&G: an up and down story”
    • Julian Jantke (University of Bristol) - Case study
  • 13:45-14:15 Quickfire Talks: “Successes and disasters” (Speakers TBC) – Share your war stories and learn from your peers
    • Clare Sowney (Edinburgh) - Update on Case Study project
    • Jessica Pavlos (SOAS) – Managing expectations between clients and academics
    • Sam Gallagher (LSE) – Insights from LSE TTO
    • Additional Speakers TBC – open call!
  • 14:15-14:45 Break
  • 14:45-15:15 Update from funders: Tao-Tao Chang AHRC, Melanie Knetch ESRC (details to follow)
  • 15:15-16:00 Lessons and Challenges – Facilitated Breakout Groups - “if you could have a 45 minute lesson on something, what would it be?”
  • 16:00-16:15 Wrap-up & Close
  • 18:00 (or earlier!) – Join us for drinks at the Gasworks Brewery - http://www.gasworksbrewbar.co.uk/photo-gallery/


An evening social will be arranged for those who wish to join, details to follow.


The organising group for the AHSS network currently comprises:

  • Andy Newnham – University of Birmingham
  • Andrew Wray – Bristol University
  • Anne Sofie Laegran – University of Edinburgh
  • Britta Wyatt – Oxentia Ltd
  • Bruce Ethrington – Cardiff University
  • Isla Millar – University of Warwick
  • Mark Mann – Oxford University

This meeting of the AHSS SIG has been coordinated to coincide with the ASPECT’s Network’s (inaugural) Annual Event: Better Business for People & Planet - Bridging Research & Industry.


The Aspect event is taking place on Thursday 21 November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Manchester.  This 1-day event is free to attend, but places are limited, and separate registration is required.


For more information about ASPECT and to register for the ASPECT event as well, please visit here.



20th November


Tao-Tao Chang

Head of Infrastructure, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Dr. Sam Gallagher

Senior Consultant, Oxentia Limited

Dr. Jane Kavanagh-Lauridsen

Business Engagement Manager, University of Southampton
Jane is a Business Engagement Manager for University of Southampton where she has a specific focus on supporting social science researchers increase their collaboration with industry and bring their expertise in support of the Industrial Strategy. She aligns to the ESRC IAA and supports achieving some of its ambitious KPIs. Jane was previously the Engagement and Impact Facilitator at Bournemouth University where she advised academics on how to accelerate the societal and economic impacts of their research. Prior to this Jane had a successful career in operations management in the private sector.

Melanie Knetsch

Strategic Lead: Interdisciplinary and Impact, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Ms. Jessica Pavlos

Knowledge Exchange Manager, SOAS University of London

Mr. James Sharp

Business Engagement Partner, University of Birmingham

Clare Sowney

Business Development Manager, University of Edinburgh
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