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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - In Pursuit of Excellence and Relevance: Reflections on Building a University Research Centre

18th January 2016, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Tim May (University of Salford, UK)

This talk is a first-hand account of the building of a University research centre that was largely self-funded. It will draw upon the experiences of building and running the Centre, as well as work conducted for a number of research funders, including UK research councils, local government, business and universities. It will focus not only on the political economy of its constitution, but also the culture of research production against the backdrop of changes in the role of the university in society and the growth of the knowledge economy. In the process it will raise questions concerning the expectations placed on knowledge, as well as the appropriateness of organisational forms and styles of management in the university for the purpose of enhancing engagement and impact, as well as the individualism of academic cultures.

Fellows\' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin\'s Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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