The students involved in our projects are co-collaborators with us, and we also work closely with those affected by our work. Our relationship with academics is also really strong – our projects are relevant to research, so it’s important to collaborate with the wider University.
Studying subjects such as climate change or mental health, you will not solve these big problems by looking at them from one perspective. It’s becoming more and more important to collaborate with academics from different departments, to tackle these problems together.
Any project is made richer by including many different perspectives. It’s important that people collaborate and aren’t scared to share their ideas – it stretches your mind and makes you more open.
International collaboration in academia is absolutely essential these days. It’s not just about the impact it has on the UK, but also whether it has value to the countries in which you’re working. You have to make sure there is mutual benefit to that collaboration.
Collaboration is about looking at things from many different sides. We have an academic need, we have the expertise within the University, and we have a whole pool of other people. Collaboration works well when this all comes together to deliver something really valuable to students.
Research collaboration across global institutions is the only way forward. Researchers can find new methods and things they didn’t contemplate before. It’s a way of expanding your horizons and challenging yourself.
Collaboration is brilliant for students, as it enables them to have different approaches and perspectives. Academia is an increasingly connected, networked world. We need to pool our knowledge.
You offer the best teaching by collaborating with other colleagues to build interesting, innovative modules across disciplines, which offers students unique ways of thinking about things.
It is only when I talk to others about my idea that I see different angles to it, weaknesses and strengths, and can develop from that. Collaboration is enormously important because, if you took it away, academia probably wouldn’t function.
I will aim to foster ties between Arts & Humanities researchers and humanitarian organisations to create a better world for all.