RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium 2019-20

When? 29 & 30 January 2020
Time? TBA
Where? Utrecht University
ECTS? 2 (two full days plus preparation 3 days)
Organized by? Professor Frank Kessler (UU) and RMeS
Open to? PhD candidates who are a member of RMeS
Fee (non-members): € 150

This Winter School will feature different types of sessions: 1) parallel sessions for presenting your work to peers 2) lectures by RMeS staff members and 3) a workshop on Research Valorisation and Fundraising Schemes.

  1. PhD’s are kindly asked to submit an abstract of their paper presentation. This may regard a chapter of your dissertation, a draft for an article, or a write-up of research results, which you would like to discuss with your peers. We will group your abstracts into panels, selecting panels on the basis of your theme/subject, approach and your level of advancement in the PhD track. If you want to be in a session with one or two of your peers (people whose judgment you value, or people you haven’t worked with yet) please feel free to indicate this on your abstract. We will then try to organize panels on the basis of your proposals. You will be assigned to peer-review one paper and to chair or respond to one paper in another session. A month before the Winter School starts, you will be asked to send in your full chapter or article, which will be peer-reviewed and responded to during the Winter School.
  2. Lectures: Prof. dr Vanessa Toulmin, tba
  3. Finally, this Winter School & Graduate Seminar will also offer a workshop on Research Valorisation and Fundraising Schemes.

Keynote speaker Prof. dr Vanessa Toulmin

An Engaged and Civic University – Public Engagement and Co-production 

Universities in the United Kingdom are frequently becoming both anchor institutions for their city regions and the academic research undertaken is no longer perceived as being enclosed but now engaging and working with and for and of benefit to the wider community.  The myriad ways in which the University of Sheffield engage within their city region will be presented. These will include case studies of Faculty and Department wide initiatives, individual research collaborations and wider co-production models that benefit both the academic researcher in their teaching engagement and also enriches their research practice.  The University of Sheffield prides itself on partnership and this will be demonstrated by exemplary case studies in the build environment, the creative industries and the wider cultural ecology.

Twitter – @professorvaness


Professor Vanessa Toulmin is the Director of City & Culture, Partnerships & Regional Engagement at The University of Sheffield. Professor Toulmin heads up the team, setting the vision and strategy and leading on City & Cultural Engagement aiming to shine a light on Sheffield’s contribution to 21st century culture through its incredible music, multi-faceted festivals, the international significance of its artists and the modernist city.

A leading authority on Victorian entertainment and film Professor Toulmin chairs Renew Sheffield and prior to that the Sheffield Culture Consortium which, in partnership with the University, delivered and programmed the Year of Making in Sheffield in 2016 and its subsequent offshoot City Of Makers.

Professor Toulmin is the lead figure for the University of Sheffield’s partnership with Marketing Sheffield which led to an Arts Council Cultural Destination Award developing Sheffield as a ‘Magnet City’ for cultural tourism having commissioned reports on Sheffield’s Music, Beer, Art and Creative Digital industries highlighting Sheffield’s wealth of creative talent.

Workshop Session with Fran Marshall

How to get started and evaluate the impact of public engagement activities

The session will be presented by Fran Marshall, Research and Evaluation Manager in Partnerships and Regional Engagement at the University of Sheffield, UK. She will draw on her experience of public engagement and present a model of evaluating public engagement which was developed for Engage, the UK’s public engagement conference in 2015. The workshop will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to share their own research and ideas. It will cover:

  1. What is public engagement?
  2. Incorporating public engagement in grant applications
  3. Evaluation tools and when to use them
  4. Evidencing the impact of your research through public engagement

Fran Marshall is the Research and Evaluation Manager in Partnerships and Regional Engagement at the University of Sheffield.

Fran’s role is to lead on the research and evaluation of public engagement activity across the University in events such as the Festival of the Mind. She also advises on evaluation of regional engagement activities which influence the strategic direction of the university. She also delivers the public engagement masterclass training programme for staff which covers all aspects of public engagement and supports academics from all disciplines. As an evaluation professional, Fran has a breadth of experience in evaluation methods and is always on the lookout for new techniques.

She has a background in academic research in the areas of community engagement, regeneration and evaluation with over twenty years of experience in working in universities.

In her spare time, Fran is a runner and a social media ambassador for parkrun UK.

Sign up for Winter School

If you are interested in participating and earning credit (both in EC and social credit from your peers), please

  • Register for the Winter School before December 16, 2019 via our website. You will receive a confirmation email from our RMeS office.
  • Please submit abstracts for individual presentations before January 8, 2020. Abstracts for individual presentations are max 300 words, including a clear research question or thesis statement. Please indicate on your abstract whether you would like to be in a panel with specified other participants and/or whom you consider a suitable reviewer for your paper (although we cannot promise that all your wishes will come true…).
  • You can opt for two formats in terms of paper submission:
  1. Those of you who are in the very early stages of your PhD, may also consider to hand in your PhD proposal, which will then be commented upon by your peers. (recommended to PhDs who have just started)
  2. Most PhD candidates will opt to hand in a chapter/article format: a full paper of approx. 5,000 – 6,000 words.
  • Full papers of (or one of the above formats) are due by January 14, 2020. On the basis of your submissions, we will group the panels, assign reviewers and organize responses. We will distribute the papers to all panel-members and assign the tasks of writing a full peer review (1-2 pages long). Each of you will have to write one peer review.
  • Presentations: During the Winter School, each participant will give a presentation of 5-10 minutes. Each presentation will receive a prepared peer review (in writing, handed in the same day, and a short oral summary of the review). Another panel member will be assigned as discussant/respondent. All session members engage in discussion and feedback.