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Holliman, Richard; Adams, Anne; Blackman, Tim; Collins, Trevor; Davies, Gareth; Dibb, Sally; Grand, Ann; Holti, Richard; McKerlie, Fiona; Mahony, Nick and Wissenburg, Astrid eds. (2015). An Open Research University. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

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This is the final report of the Open University’s RCUK-funded Public Engagement with Research Catalyst, ‘An open research university’, a project designed to create the conditions in which engaged research can flourish. The report describes an evidence-based strategy designed to embed engaged research within the University’s strategic planning for research and the operational practices of researchers. This programme of organisational change was informed by action research, working collaboratively with researchers at all levels across the institution to identify and implement strategies that work for them and the stakeholders, user communities and members of the public that engage with their research. Through a combination of surveys, interviews and interventions, we identified a number of challenges and proposed solutions to address them. For example, we found that researchers have a relatively narrow view of engaged research and the communities with which they interact and very few researchers strategically evaluate their engaged research activities. The report documents some of the interventions we have introduced with the aim of broadening and deepening future researcher engagement, including a definition of engaged research and revised promotion criteria that include knowledge exchange profiles. In conclusion, we argue that there is still a battle to be won for open and engaged research. For a culture of engaged research to be sustainable in the medium to long-term requires ongoing recognition and acceptance of its progressive value(s) by researchers, universities, funders and ultimately, policy-makers.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Open University
ISBN: 1-4730-0403-9, 978-1-4730-0403-0
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
An open research university: How to embed public engagement within the culture of research (RS-11-005-TB)EP/J020087/1RCUK
Keywords: organizational change; engaged research; action research; stakeholders; evidence-based strategy; reflective practices; survey interview; reward and recognition; policy makers; publics; RCUK
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Other Departments > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Other Departments
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Other Departments > Research, Scholarship and Quality Office
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 44255
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 08:47
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2017 16:53
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