“Many academics work closely with partners outside the university but rarely get the chance to stop and reflect on what they’ve all learnt in the process. This project provides an opportunity to do just that, as well as a chance to push things a little further by experimenting together with new mechanisms of working across the arts and humanities, heritage and the creative economy sectors which are so important to our regional economy and identity.”

Bridging the Gap is a year-long project that seeks to understand, document and innovate research collaboration between arts and humanities researchers and their partners working beyond university walls.

During this year we will be scoping existing projects, experimenting with new forms, and addressing some of the challenges to collaborative relationships. We will be looking to find the particular strengths of collaborative research in the South West of England and South East of Wales. From this we will consider how GW4 (an alliance of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) can best support future collaborations.

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Bridging the Gap is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


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