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Dr Anne Pässilä, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Keynote: "Collective voicing: reflexivity, research and breaking new ground"

Dr Anne Pässilä is Senior Researcher at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT Lahti, Finland and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester, and partner in the University spin-off company Susinno Ltd. She specializes in applying arts-based initiatives and arts pedagogy to support innovation and development processes, and has extensive experience of front-line workplace engagement in research-based theatre as a support in developing shared understanding in a context of practice-based innovation management.

Workshop (3.30-4.30): “Beyond text: expanding the inquiry tool kit”
Dr Anne Pässilä and Professors Allan Owens and Tony Wall

Join this interactive workshop to experience three innovative tools to add to your research toolkit: provocative artefact + theatrical imagery + story capture.

Professor Allan Owens

My practice and research are concerned with the educational applications of drama and theatre in a wide range of contexts.

I am Co-Director of the Centre for Research in to Creativity, Education and the Arts through Practice (RECAP), University of Chester Distinguished Teaching Fellow and National Teaching Fellow.

My current practice, research and publications focus on applied drama and theatre, drama education, creative pedagogy, the intercultural dimension of drama and in particular the use of research methodology that reaches beyond text.

In the past decade I have worked in 18 countries in on-going long-term projects in Palestine, Finland, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Estonia. I have led trans-professional teams in long-term inquiry and capacity building projects, run intensive short programs, developed research initiatives and staged pre-text based interactive performances in collaboration with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally.

Professor Tony Wall

After winning a scholarship to study at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Professor Wall graduated with a first class honours degree from Warwick Business School in the UK. His first major body of action-research created innovative approaches for organisational analysis at Lancaster University Management School with technology corporates. He was then invited to join Manchester’s Innovation Academy and researchers at The Revans Institute for Action Learning and Research (now at Manchester Business School), where he worked with entrepreneurs to inspire creativity and business performance.

Subsequently, he led and action-researched the creation of radical educational innovations on a regional level and contributed to a major European project to disseminate these practices amongst EU member states. As a result, he was invited to contribute to other national educational innovation projects funded by the UK government. His contributions were recognised through a prestigious HEFCE-funded Fellowship and invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce & Manufactures (FRSA).

Professor Wall is now a Director of Professional Doctorates (DProf and DBA) across the Faculty of Business and Management. He is a specialist in transformational management learning and development, crossing the fields of applied psychology, tranculturalism, organisational development and work-based learning. He is invited to speak about his research internationally.

Professor Wall also works closely with professional bodies and organisations internationally to develop thriving in the workplace. His clients have included Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, BT, TalkTalk, Chinese and American media groups, a Japanese logistics company, a South African University, The NHS, The Police, The RAF and Joint Forces HQ.

Dr Paula Nottingham, Middlesex University

Graduate Perspectives on Professional Artefacts: Engaging with the Audience

Working with the theme of ‘Be Brave!’, the session will present recent research that features graduate perspectives on the use of professional artefacts for work-based projects in the arts. This study follows on from earlier research about curriculum development for the professional artefact as well as the tradition of negotiated work-based projects and sector calls for more flexible higher education provision. Findings indicate that the graduates interviewed value the professional artefact for integrating university studies with professional practice. The professional artefact rehearses workplace communication skills, has the capacity of engaging with audiences that are external to the university, and could relate to future employment. The potential for the professional artefact within current work-based studies, such as the degree apprenticeship, will be explored.

Dr Paula Nottingham is an academic practitioner based in the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences at Middlesex University and is currently working with the professional doctorate programme, work-based studies, and an integrated degree apprenticeship programme. Paula previously worked at Birkbeck, University of London where she completed her PhD that investigated work-based pedagogy within UK Higher Education. Further study includes a MSc in Applied Professional Studies in Lifelong Learning, Masters of Fine Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts. Paula is a co-convenor for the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Work and Learning Network and a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow.

Professor Peter Shaw, Durham University

Growing your personal impact

Our personal impact flows from clarity about who we are, what we stand for, where we place our priorities, when we choose to act, and understanding why we respond in a particular way.  Crucial to personal impact is knowing ourselves and our preferences well, knowing how we contribute effectively, and knowing what our end goals are.  

The session will invite you to think through the personal impact you want to have and will offer practical pointers and prompts.  The session will be based around ideas in the book, ‘100 Personal Impact Ideas’ which was written by Peter Shaw. 

Canon Professor Peter Shaw was formerly a Director General in the UK Government before moving into coaching and writing.  Peter led major change in five Government Departments when he was a senior civil servant.  As a coach he has worked with senior leaders in eleven universities, twenty-five Government Departments, sixty Arms-lengths bodies and twenty-five private sector organisations.  Peter has a doctorate in Leadership Development from Chester University and has received honorary doctorates for his work in leadership development from Durham and Huddersfield Universities.  Peter is a Visiting Professor at Chester, De Montfort and Newcastle Universities.  He has coached and led workshops across six continents and is part of the Visiting Professorial Faculty at Regent College, Vancouver.  He has written twenty-seven books on aspects of leadership including, ‘Wake up and Dream’, and ‘100 Handling Rapid Change Ideas’.