A national assessment of UK research has found partnering with academics can inspire arts organisations and practitioners to create innovative new projects.

Partnering with academic researchers can inspire arts practitioners to try new creative approaches and create innovative projects, a new report has concluded.

Such collaborations also increase the impact of research and make it more accessible to a wider audience.

The findings emerge from a Kings College London (KCL) study on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the national assessment of research quality across all UK universities. More than 1,500 ‘impact case studies’ were analysed to understand how academics and creative practitioners are working in partnership, and the influence of this on the creative and cultural sector.

“I hope that the report will inspire researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines to embrace new opportunities to partner with the creative and cultural sector and, at the same time, illuminate for artists and creative professionals the many ways in which academic research can inform and develop their practice,” wrote Professor John Holden, a Cultural Fellow at KCL, in the report’s foreword.

He continued: “This report provides evidence of the immense scale of the collaboration that is going on, and the wide range of academic disciplines that are involved, but it focuses most closely on the impact that these activities have within the world.”...

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