An exciting opportunity for doctoral students and early career researchers in arts and humanities to develop skills in dealing with the media, in effective public engagement and in collaborative working beyond the university.
Becoming a Public Intellectual was an innovative research skills training programme funded by the AHRC. Starting in October 2013, the programme was aimed at researchers seeking influence beyond the university sector, to speak to the concerns and interests of a broader public and to set the agenda for developments in the cultural and creative sectors.
Through a series of one-day workshops involving academics expert in public engagement as well as representatives from a number of cultural and media organisations, students developed skills in effective engagement with television, radio and the press and also learned how to maximise their influence via collaboration with a range of partners. This was followed by a period of mentoring and consolidation during which these skills could be put into practice.
Skills for seeking influence beyond the university sector, speaking to the concerns and interests of a broader public and setting the agenda for developments in the cultural and creative sectors.
Becoming a Public Intellectual was funded by the AHRC and run by CHASE, the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England. CHASE was formed to deliver outstanding postgraduate training in the Arts and Humanities across the south-east of England and has seven members: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths (University of London), The Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, and Sussex.
This programme was organised by The Open University on behalf of CHASE, the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England. It was led by Dr Paul Lawrence, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, Open University with Dr Su Holmes, Reader in Television, University of East Anglia and Prof David Solkin, Dean and Deputy Director, The Courtauld Institute.