Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange


Year-long celebration of textiles finds a common thread for arts

Yorkshire’s rich textile heritage is providing… Read more »


Key new culture role at University of Leeds

A Head of Cultural Engagement has been appointed at the… Read more »


£50,000 awarded for 5 Cultural Engagement projects

Five projects at the University of Leeds have received… Read more »



We continue to offer support to academics in the Faculty of Arts and PVAC, find out more below.

Leeds Creative Labs

Our Leeds Creative Labs programme aims to spark collaborations between academics and creative innovators. Find out more here.

Ignite Funding

Ignite 7 – deadline 18th November 2016

The Cultural Institute invites applications from the Faculties of PVAC and Arts to the Ignite knowledge exchange programme.

The application form is available for download here.

This programme has been established to provide short-term funding of between £500 and £2000 for academics to develop a partnership project that aims to:

  • Develop an effective working relationship between the University and external (non-HEI) organisation(s) from any sector or discipline for the purposes of developing the impact of your research.
    • Explore ideas and areas for development
    • Form the basis of a potentially fundable longer term project plan or programme of activity.

Priority is given to projects that fulfil one or more of the following additional criteria.
• Involves academic staff from more than one Faculty (costings can include funding to cover R&D time for colleagues that haven’t worked together before)
• Has an employability element for UG, PGT students or PGRs
• Includes a University of Leeds cultural facility, event or resource as a research partner.

Please read the FAQs for further information, or contact your school’s Director of Impact for further guidance:

PVAC Impact Directors Arts Impact Directors
PCI – Garry Lyons English – Matt Boswell
FAHACS – Mark Westgarth History – Pete Maw
Design – Kishore Budha PRHS – Jamie Stark
Music – Simon Baines SLCS – Bogdan Babych
SMC – Giorgia Aiello

Resources for embedding impact in research projects and grant applications

The Arts Engaged intranet has a range of resources designed to help you embed impact in all stages of the research project lifecycle. This includes annotated examples of the ‘Pathways to impact’ sections of successful AHRC grant applications and tips on how to evaluate the ongoing impact of your research projects, with examples of participant questionnaires and feedback forms.

Finding non-academic research partners

We can work with you to help identify organisations and individuals who are interested in your research. We are often approached by people who want to work with an academic and if we know you are interested we can broker relationships between you.

If you have an idea for a research project which has a strong focus on impact we can provide the resources and support needed to facilitate sector engagement. Contact us if you would like to discuss a project.

Developing expertise in impact and engagement

Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange run a programme of support activities to help develop expertise in the creation of impactful research. This includes talks, drop-in sessions, one to one support, seminars, events and training.

Increasing industry experiences for students

The partnerships we are developing with cultural and creative sector organisations are often keen to act as hosts for student internships and work placements. Contact us to discuss how this could benefit your students.