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Wednesday 31 October 2018
1.30pm—4.00pm

This event is open to Birmingham City University staff ONLY.

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BCU Connecting Group is a cross faculty meet-up, which explores how we can work together to enrich the University STEAM community. Building on previous Connecting Group meetings, we are interested to create a forum for open discussion in which we can share ideas, develop collaborations and celebrate the work of colleagues in this area.

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018, 13:30 – 16.00

With our newly launched STEAMhouse facility, located in Digbeth, a centre for interdisciplinary collaboration, which encourages people to work together across subject areas, in particular how the arts in combination with science can drive innovation; we would like to use this meet-up to explore this area further and how we can facilitate a more integrated environment, geared around your interests .

STEAMhouse is primarily aimed for creative SMEs to prototype new products and services and develop research partnerships with industry. It could appeal to students or graduates that you know are interested in starting up a new venture or business. It could appeal to staff that have a particular research interest where a collaboration or partnership with another organisation is essential to their work. Our ambition is to offer a space to develop a creative community. Academic staff are a vital part of this community.

The afternoon begins with a ‘staff working lunch’ from 13.30 – 14.30, offering you the opportunity to:

  • view the spaces in STEAMhouse,
  • speak to some of the key staff involved in the programme,
  • learn how students/graduates (as an SME/freelancer) can become a member to access STEAMhouse.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

We plan to continue conversations through to the afternoon, addressing some of the following areas;

  • Potential Projects: what ideas do you have to develop pioneering projects around the STEAM agenda?
  • Building partnerships: who can we collaborate within BCU and the local community to create both short and long-term impact?
  • Nurturing Innovation: how can we support creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and development across a wider team, staff and students?
  • Identifying the need: which areas, activities or deliverables are most in need of change, innovation, disruption or just a little loving imagination?
  • Understanding the outcomes: what would you like to see being delivered, and what should be the measure of success?

We very much hope you can join us and if you have questions or ideas you would like to share before the meeting please contact alexa.torlo@bcu.ac.uk as we very much value your input.

Please visit our website to find out more about STEAMhouse – but we will be on hand on the day to answer any of your questions.

This session is only open to BCU staff.

 

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