Partnerships and Enterprise

IAA funded projects

Small Rapid Response Fund

ESRC IAA small rapid response funds are intended to seed fund academics to develop new partnerships, fund travel to facilitate engage with project partners and end users, develop resources to support and deliver impact, and trial innovative approaches to developing impact. Funded projects to date include:

  • Vietnamese Creative Economy Development, Dr Marta Gasparin and Dr Martin Quinn (Business)
  • Exploring Teaching of Reading Strategies in Further and Higher Education, Dr Kayleigh Warrington (Psychology)
  • Implications of age-related reading difficulties, Dr Victoria McGowan (Psychology)
  • Creating Virtual Reality Prisons in Guyana, Dr Kellie Moss (History)
  • How do human biases translate into code?, Professor Daniel Ladley (Business)
  • Implications of age-related reading difficulties, Dr Victoria McGowan (Psychology)
  • Ending Violence Against Sex Workers, Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor (Sociology)
  • Relationship and Sex Education, Professor Peter Cumper (Law)
  • Establishment of interdisciplinary stakeholder partnerships to enhance child mental health service provision for refugee children in Turkey, Professor Panos Vostanis
  • What Works Trials Advice Panel, Dr Matt Tonkin
  • Digitizing the archive of South African Pan-Africanist exiles in Britain, Professor Gavin Brown
  • Transnational learnings for enhancing art activism, Dr Paula Serafini
  • Creating a Diversity and Inclusion-Engaged Marketing (DIEM) online platform to accelerate impact on multicultural marketplace wellbeing, Dr Cristina Galalae Business
  • Developing a strategy for disseminating 'lay' research findings about health and health care to benefit frail people, Dr James Van Oppen
  • Is silence golden? The impact of background noise on reading for learning, Dr Vicky McGowan
  • Developing innovative participatory communication strategies for marginalised farming cooperatives, Dr Maria Touri
  • ‘Sharing Stories: developing a wellbeing approach to gathering midlife and menopause narratives’, Dr Helen Foster

Large Rapid Response Fund

ESRC IAA Large rapid response funds is similar in its aims to the small fund, except it allows academics to undertake projects on a greater scale, for a longer period of time.  Funded projects to date include:

  • 'The World Turned Upside Down’: Exhibition and Visitor Evaluation on the Social Impacts of Civil War, Professor Andrew Hopper (Politics and International Relations)
  • User-led digital tool to enhance access and impact of child mental health service transformation in Lower and Middle Income Countries, Professor Panos Vostanis (Psychology)
  • Flight Deck Study, Dr Simon Bennett (Business)
  • Evaluating the impact of e-cigarette product labelling and warnings across different ages, ethnicities and genders, Professor Jason Hughes (Sociology)
  • Enhancing and evidencing the impact of a new e-learning resource in improving educational support for children born preterm, Professor Samantha Johnson (Population Health Sciences)
  • Chester Farm Heritage Park: Northamptonshire County Council and University of Leicester Partnership, Dr Sarah Scott (Archaeology and Ancient History)
  • Producing and launching a short health information film for Chinese maternity care users, NHS maternity service and Chinese community organisations, Dr Qian Gong (Sociology)
  • When arbitration meets blockchain: the birth of decentralized justice, Dr Rossana Depalno (Law)
  • Supporting NHS Wales' adoption of Leicester research to create widespread adoption and improving junior doctor performance and patient care, Dr William Green (School of Business)
  • Toward Anti-gentrification Policy Making in Southern European Cities, Professor Loretta Lees (Human Geography)
  • Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence: An Artful Intervention, Dr Kaitlynn Mendes (Sociology, Media and Communications)
  • COVID-19: Work–Life Balance and the Pandemic, Professor Stephen Wood
  • Developing Young People as Research Partners. Realising the potential of young researcher programmes in informing multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspectives on adolescence and mental health. Professor John Maltby
  • Engaging with European and New Zealand crime analysts: A practitioner-academic impact workshop, Dr Matthew Tonkin
  • Youth Opportunities? The long-term impacts of youth training and YT schemes (1960s – 2020), Professor John Goodwin
  • Criminology 14/09/2020 28/09/2020 Developing Good Practice with Universities: Student Sex Work, Safety and Inclusion. Professor Teela Sanders
  • The Transatlantic Slavery Connections of English Heritage Properties: Knowledge Transfer and Country House Reinterpretation, Professor Corinne Fowler
  • The market feasibility of importing cooperatives’ sustainable and organic bananas to Europe, Dr Nikolas Hammer
  • Promoting information about indigenous people’s health and rights during the Covid-19 pandemic (India), Dr Alice Tilche
  • Advancing Equity: challenging embedded whiteness with the Museum of London, Dr Katy Bunning and Professor Richard Sandell
  • Decolonizing Caribbean Criminal Justice: law, sentencing, incarceration and remand, Professor Clare Anderson
  • Exhibiting global histories of convicts and exiles transported from French Indochina at the Site historique de la Bagne de l'Ile Nou (New Caledonia), Professor Clare Anderson
  • Maximising research impact for a study on COVID-19 vaccine uptake within Chinese communities in the UK, Dr Sarah Gong
  • Understanding patient experiences of patient safety: producing materials for staff training and impact, Liz Sutton

Strategic Partnerships

IAA Strategic partnership awards are intended to develop a 24 month programme of activity which will lead to a sustainable long term partnership between the University of Leicester and the partner in question, in turn delivering impact and new research opportunities. Commissioned Strategic partnerships include:

  • Industry and Parliament Trust, Research and Enterprise Division.
  • East Midlands Police and Academic Collaboration (EMPAC), Dr Andrew Newton (Criminology)
  • National Trust, Professor Suzanne MacLeod and Professor Richard Sandell (Museum Studies)
  • Kids Haven, Professor Panos Vostanis / Dr. Michelle O’Reilly
  • Midlands Prisons Network, Dr Ruth Hatcher
  • Mattioli Woods, Professor Dan Ladley
  • Leicester City Council / Leicester Urban Ubservatory, Professor Loretta Lees (Dr Stefano DeSabbata will be taking over from Spring 2022)
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Professor William Green

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

An annual award of a three-month full time or six-month part-time Fellowship which supports a recent PhD student to develop the impact of their social science research through a proposed plan of activities.

  • 2019/20 award – Welcome Aboard: Exploring Experiences of Disability Hate Crime on Public Transport and Approaches to Safeguarding Passengers, David Wilkin

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