Facilitating applied research

Part of my role is to oversee ethics approvals for a wide range of applied research proposals for a faculty which focuses on the creative industries. There are an endless stream of innovative projects which show a great deal of creativity and innovation that challenge more traditional academic research. It struck me that the language and resources used in relation to these projects sometimes fails to take into account the breadth of what might be considered research and often relates to established paradigms that have no real meaning for the student. It would be important not to stifle these imaginaitive approaches, but equally there are also some very important ethical considerations that need to be fully considered by the student and taken into account in the research design (and to recognise important research-skills learning outcomes). As a result I have begun to develop a website that provides advice, guidance and exemplars (in time case studies too) taking into account the range of projects and forms of participation, while providing flexible templates and interpretations that will be more readily applied by the student.



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