Social Impact Grants information session: Webinar
We held information session for the 2020 round of grants via Zoom. The recorded session is available to view here.
Anyone considering submitting an application is strongly encouraged to attend this session.
Social Impact Grants Briefing Session
Rob Carr: Hi everybody. I’m gonna start the session now so welcome once again. Just in terms of how we're gonna operate in this format. I've got Roland who's a member of my team who's just sent out the slides for the briefing session and these are the slides that are also appearing on the screen, so thanks for that Roland and if you hadn't received the slides yet, could you just send Roland a message in the chat box and he can he can follow up those to you as well.
I’ve also got Mitra here she's the executive manager for the social impact team and she can introduce herself.
My name's Dr Robert Carr the research and evaluation lead in the social impact team and I'll be leading the delivery of the social impact grants this year and many of you have already been in contact with me and it's great to see so many familiar names and interfaces on screen already.
So firstly, just an acknowledgement of country that UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people upon whose ancestral lands our university stands.
So there's a few key outcomes today we're hoping to provide in this briefing session we're going to find out what makes our social impact grant project successful some of the challenges and learnings that past projects have faced and some things you might consider applying in your application and also your overall project design and scope. We're going to hear from our past project presenter and in a moment about what makes a community partnership successful further along in the next hour.
So, we're going to hear about the application process most of the details of which you will find already in our information materials online on our grant program website and in some of the communication materials we've sent out. There is some additional information we will provide today, and I'll get to those shortly hopefully we'll get to understand more about the grant context. Mitra’s going to run us through the process and the outcomes of developing the social impact framework and what that means for applicants and then finally we're going to give everyone an update on some slightly amended grant requirements in response the current social distancing context.
I hope everyone is doing okay, all doing well, just in the last few days there's been some announcements about potential school closures and people trying to organize work from home arrangements and things like that that. This is also something that is affecting our work as well, so we're currently in the process of amending some of the delivery formats of what we’re doing. This zoom online session is obviously part of that change to moving to online delivery mode so then there maybe a few bugs today we do apologize in advance but please hang in there and we'll hopefully navigate these changes together.
So the presentation today of the information about the program hopefully we'll go for about an hour and then we're going to use the remaining time for Q&A. Hoping to wrap up at about 12:30. The slides have been distributed already, as I mentioned earlier to those that have just joined if you haven't received the slides from Roland please send him a private message on the chat box and he can send those through again. The session is being recorded today and the recording will be available on our website as well for those who couldn’t make it at all, or participants here who want to have a listen and look through again.
Protocols for the webinar. We will be placing participants on mute or if you've clicked mute accidentally or you've had it on entry if you could just click the mute button now, that'd be great. We'll take questions in the chat box as we go and we'll also take questions at the end of the Q&A. We're going to prioritize the most common questions and Roland's creating a list of the most common questions and we'll hopefully get to those at the at the end, to get through as many of those as we can. If Some questions aren't answered today, and you have follow-up questions please send those through in an email even if they come to mind after the seminar and we'll get to answers to you as soon as we can this week.
If you have not joined the calendar invitation group or the calendar event for this briefing session, could you please send an email with your contact details to the email address on screen that's firstname.lastname@example.org just so we can communicate any follow-up information with you including any slides, if you haven't received them in a link to the video.
I'm going to pass the torch briefly to Mitra who's going to explain how the social impact grants program is responding to the current COVID-19 scenario.
Mitra Gusheh: Hi everyone. I also want to begin by acknowledging the current circumstance that we're and the fact that it's exciting to see everyone here but I'm sure that everyone's coming into this space carrying various forms of stresses and anxieties and uncertainties and certainly we're in a similar boat and I think that this is as you know, a context within which there are a lot of uncertainties but the other side of it for me, it really makes apparent the need for this kind of work and the importance of supporting social impact for work and work that contributes to societies and to communities on multiple levels. We wanted to begin the session by just acknowledging this and I'm sure that as the questions will come up, we will return to this and we’ll do our best to answer everyone's questions.
We've had a number of questions of whether or not this will actually go ahead and absolutely we're committed to taking forward the social impact grants and supporting people's work in various different ways. We also acknowledge the fact that it might impact people's work in various different ways, and as with everything else that we are doing as part of our personal and professional practice, we're all reconsidering about how we might need to pivot in terms of delivering on the outcomes that we're hoping to achieve but potentially using different kinds of approaches or different ways of acting so that we’re actually responding to the requirements as a society to respond to COVID-19, but also contribute to society in the way we intend.
In the last week, we've spent some time trying to reconsider about how we are doing this and a change to the application process, you will see unfolding is, you know, sessions like this moving online. Evaluation support mechanisms will move online and as part of the application process, one thing we're going to ask you to do is to consider the current context and think through what some of your risk mitigation strategies might be in terms of applying for this.
We recognize the fact that people have been working through projects and there might be some really amazing projects that you guys have been already in the process of developing that might not be able to actually respond as easily in a current context kind of scenario. Our grants for this year do have to be spent by the end of the year but the way we developed handling the challenges of this particular context is that we're going to say we're going to try our best to assess the applications based on the merit, and we're going to earmark two of the grants at least from next year to award to projects that might be already in development and already submitted or about to be submitted that might be incredible in terms of the impact that they have on the community but that cannot get on the way as part of the current context, but we would like to still support going into next year.
Hopefully that actually answers some of the questions that you have and I'm sure that there will be many more. I think the reality of the situation is that we're in quite dynamic times where things are changing on a daily basis. What we put on the table no doubt will change for the better or for the worse, who knows, but the important thing is that we need to actually work as a community, as a society, to try to enhance the body of work that is being put on the table and we all do. The aim of the grants is to act as an enabler of the work that you do.
Rob Carr: Mitra is going to run us through the social impact framework and how projects can align to that because part of the application, once you download the application, you'll see that there's a whole section on how the project is likely to align with the social impact framework. So, I'll hand it over to the Mitra to walk us through that now.
Mitra Gusheh: It's an excellent example of what it is that we're trying to do here, so I'm gonna take a step back in this next section of the conversation and talk about the social impact framework which has been the frame through which projects and initiative such as the social impact grants have been initiated. So, the history of that is obviously social impact is nothing new to UTS. UTS has a long history and heritage of actually operating incredibly in this space, work of anti-slavery Australia is a fine example of it as is many, it's peppered across the entire organization.
Three years ago, through both movement from the ground up but also from the Vice Chancellor, there was a mandate given around ‘look we don't want this to be lost’ with our university. There's a lot of research that talks about the fact that as universities are climbing the academic ladder of excellence, they start getting more global in terms of their focus and sometimes their focus on social impacts, social justice and the focus around the local community starts going away. You know I'm quite proud of the fact that we're part of an organization that wanted to make sure that that didn't happen, so although there were already lots of different clusters, bodies of work happening around research, infrastructure, education, all of these things happening across the organization, there was a requirement to develop a piece of work that would actually bring an umbrella around it and that's the formation of the social impact framework.
We're also very proud of the history of it and how it actually you know develops, so just wanted to quickly run through that. The social impact framework process began with the community here at UTS. We used an appreciative inquiry model and theory of change as frameworks to actually uncover what the social impact framework would look like. That's really important because it's actually built off the back of the practice that people have in place, people such as yourselves, and the kind of projects and initiatives that were already in place.
So, 160 people were involved in the process where they came together through a qualitative interview of each other and we coded the narrative that came out of that process where we are ask people tell us what does social impact at its best look like at UTS. What are the things that need to actually put into place for us to be able to be more impactful in terms of the work that we do and from there we developed the basic skeleton structure of the social impact framework and worked through that with the various different stakeholders who were involved in the group, recorded it, and from there eventually iterated the framework until it went through the various different forms that existed until we sort of get to where we are at today in terms of this.
I love this slide because I think it demonstrates the kind of work that we actually all do. These things don't come easily, and they don't come overnight but it is through the sort of iterative work of the building of practice one over another until we actually arrive at some kind of an outcome.
I hope the majority of the people who are in this session have seen this framework in place which essentially talks about the fact that UTS at its heart wants to be an agent for social change transforming communities through research education and practice and what we're hoping to do through these grants is to enable people to actually fulfil this long-term outcome or goal of ours in terms of where we are actually going.
The framework talks about the fact that when we do that, the reason why we're doing that is the long-term impact that we want to have. We want a healthy, sustainable and socially just society. We want increased contribution to public good, increased social mobility and equity and an enabling environment for communities to thrive and these are the different kind of factors that that we're hoping to see as a long-term goal of your projects and some indication of how you think that the work that you're doing results in these kind of changes or contributes to these kind of changes in a particular way, and what are the outcomes that you're trying to achieve that will actually allow you to reach these goals in the long-term and make a contribution to these kind of goals in the long term. What the framework also tells us are the things within our organization that we want to see change in order for us to actually arrive at this long-term outcome, and that we've identified six domains of change.
The first of these is around students from underrepresented target groups participating in and successfully completing higher education degrees at UTS. So, for us to be a socially impactful university, what we see is this is one arm out of six that will contribute to it each of these are necessary, together they become sufficient so you can't do any one arm without the other.
If you look at the detail of the social impact framework, then you can actually see the different kind of outcome areas that we've identified as contributing to this change and we're happy to share the social impact framework, the whole big map is available online and you can access it online and we can share the link through the comments shortly.
It’s about trying to map out all the things that needs to be in place for us to see the change that we're going to see. I'm going to run through the six domains only, to just maintain make sure that we're working briefly and sharply and to the point because we want to get to the crux of the questions that you have, but essentially what we're saying is that we want UTS to be socially impactful. In order for that to happen that students from underrepresented target groups are represented well at UTS and are supported.
The second domain is that students have the agency to enact personal and social responsibility. The third arm talks about the fact that in order for us to be impactful staff need to be confident and supported to maximize their social impacts. Our implementation of the social impacts grants squarely fits into this in and of itself.
The next area is around targeted research, teaching and program outcomes having social impact and contributing, and a lot of your work contributes to this space. Domain five talks about the fact that UTS is an advocate and critical voice and thought leader on issues that concern and impact communities, and I think we would all agree that there's no time like today where that happens, and domain six is that that business operations have impact but also are contributing to a socially just society and making various different kinds of contributions to changes.
These are the six domains. If we go to the social impact framework on the right-hand side what you see are these three lines and I think that they're quite critical as well in the sense that what we say is that we’ve got these domains of change but they're actually not possible to achieve unless you have these preconditions happening on the right hand side.
So if I zoom in on them because we can't see them, what they are talking about is the social capital and trust that the organization needs to have so that our alumni and partners are willing to act through us and with us and that the leadership and the culture of the university needs to be supportive of this publicly. So, these are all the things that we want to see increased internally, we also want to see impact outside of the university increase and all in all the social grants are working to support various different aspects in in relation to these things.
That we acknowledge that the social impact framework is built of the back of the incredible amount of work that the university is actually already doing in this space. There's many things going on already and the aim of the grants are essentially to try to enhance the existing work that is happening and to help multiply the impact of the institution. I might hand over back to you.
Rob Carr: Okay thanks Mitra for that. I'm sure you all have lots of questions about the social impact framework. I thought maybe at this point it might be worth flicking ahead to the last few slides there Roland to link while the domains are fresh, to link those to some other example projects so Roland if you mind just flicking ahead to our three case studies at the end.
So, here's one example of another project from last year. The team at Rapido set out to leverage the university's 3d printing, engineering and social justice capabilities to 3d print recycled plastics for those in need of prosthetics, and linking back to the several of the domains without having it here on screen, but generally speaking two social impact issues were addressed.
So, barriers to access, in this particular case barriers of access to prosthetics and also the environmental aspects of the social framework, so addressing excessive plastic waste globally. The outcomes of this project included a deeper understanding of prosthetic recycled plastics and 3d printing industries and where the research gaps are.
So, as a research project it filled a knowledge gap that could advance the work of the project. It allowed an understanding of the best conditions to print high-density polyethylene, and further outcomes to build stronger community partnerships in the solutions, which if you flick your mind back to the social impact framework, strong community partnerships are a critical part of the preconditions, quite an important one as part of the mission of UTS to generate social impact.
We’ll just move ahead to the next project there Roland. So, the voices from the intersection project was undertaken by Emily booth in the faculty of arts and social sciences. This was part of Emily's PhD project. The project was about investigating the publication of Australian children’s books by and about people from diverse communities so by investigating a year's worth of publications data to 2018, the project was able to, through archival research and looking at various materials, the project identified the number of picture books that were written by and about people from diverse groups.
The project, the grant itself enabled a crucial part of the archival and bibliographical research for Emily's PhD thesis and the outputs were really interesting from this project. Anything that's sort of usable by the partner organizations involved in the project is particularly important. In this particular case the findings from the bibliographical and archival research were able to be used by the voices from intersection campaign to increase diversity and inclusivity from children's fiction books and publications and also the research produced the baseline that will be useful to build on further analysis post 2018.
And if you can just flick to the final example, that'll be great. Kirsten Thorpe from Jumbunna submitted and ran out a project using the grant called right of reply and focused on indigenous rights and data and collections and the activity that was funded by the project was a symposium.
So, the symposium was a one-day gathering to generate discussion and focus on the importance of indigenous rights in data and collections, but this specifically related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections in galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
The project helped participants at the symposium understand the social issues of historic data collection without informed consent among Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.
So hopefully if we can flick back to where we left off before that’d great, hopefully these examples will give applicants for this round ideas about how to align the domains of the social framework with your core outcomes and potential outputs from your project.
And we're really looking for those details, at least anticipated outcomes and outputs in the application applications submitted.
So now let's go to the process itself, the mechanics, the process. So key dates here, there's a couple of amended dates extended dates, which I'll come to in a second so just a flick through what's happened so far. In February we opened the applications, the briefings happening today, on the 30th of April applications are closed.
If you go back to the materials that were live until last Friday, the original application deadline was the 10th of April, we’ve extended that to the end of April. So we've got more time particularly responding to the current context, the coronavirus context, hopefully as people are now, particularly staff involved in the teaching side can use this time to maybe delay writing the application and get their online teaching materials online and the semester plan and use this time to come back to the application and work with your partners with some more thought on how to meet the current coronavirus context halfway.
The notification has also been extended in response to that, so 20th of May is when applicants will be notified. The workshops have been pushed back to the 9th and 11th of June. This is a requirement of the evaluation workshop so in the current climate we’ll be rejigging what we intended to do, face-to-face workshops for online workshops.
Currently the workshops will be one day, we are still thinking about that so please bear with us as we think about the best way to deliver the workshops and deliver the same outcomes that we intended to with face-to-face workshops. The final two dates haven't changed the 10th of December is when the grant budget must be expended, and the 28th of February next year is when your evaluation reports and grant acquittal reports need to be submitted to.
So next slide there, thank you. Eligibility, who can apply? So UTS staff and students who have expertise in their chosen project field or relative expertise. Looking for particular skills in the area that the application has been submitted. Students applicants must identify staff mentor and supervisor, funds will be dispersed into the staff members unit and they will have joint responsibility for financial acquittal.
Group applications and projects working in partnerships with community organizations are a requirement of practice grants, so not research grants the practice grants, and they are also encouraged for research grants. If you have any questions about the role of project partners and tying in with their needs in the application process, please do get in touch with us. Happy to have an offline conversation with partners and projects in the same room before submission time about submitting the application and maybe bringing more of the key outputs and outcomes to forward in those as well, so please get in touch about that.
Next slide there. How to apply? So the functional aspects of this process there's a Google form you simply fill out, following the link on the screen, the bitly link. There is a PDF version that I can send out I think comms has uploaded that somewhere to the website but if you do want to get a PDF version to look at and draft some notes on please do get in touch and I can send you that directly.
Key questions from the application, so key areas in the application obviously your contact details, if it's in the case of student nominated supervisor or mentor, the project title details and nominated grant type, whether it's a research or practice grant, so identify those aspects, identify and describe the community partners and stakeholders.
There’s a section on where you can describe the nature of the partnership, who's involved and also the value the project brings to those partners and key stakeholders. There are key selection criteria, which I won't go through now, but you can read through those on the application form. The key part of the selection criteria is alignment with the domains that Mitra has gone through today, both the six key domain areas and the three pre-conditions.
In the application outline overall project budget and how the funding will be used very generally. Any supporting documentation you can send through with the application. You can send it to me directly and we'll batch that in with all the information and pass them to the selection panel, which I'll talk about the second. You need to be available for the workshops and the two dates for the workshops the 9th and 11th of June are mentioned on the application form itself, there's also a box you can tick to say you're not available for the workshops.
I'm not sure how we're going to manage unavailability, but ideally the two offerings, they'll be identical workshops on the 9th and 11th of June. One project member at least should attend, as many project partners or members can attend, we’ll accommodate demand as it comes in but ideally at least one project participant is required to come to one of the workshops.
There's a new question for those that have downloaded the application prior to Friday just gone, in light of the coronavirus context we’ve added a new question about how the project will accommodate the current health situation, and mentioned earlier by Mitra, it may just be a matter of coming up with an online delivery model or coming out with a model where there is safe contact or whatever needs to be done to ensure compliance with NSW health regulations and the university’s person to person contact advice and guidance. Happy to chat further about adapting projects to the new context, we will do as much as we can to accommodate projects that are adapting or have tried their best to adapt. Any questions about that do get in touch and we can chat further about that prior to submitting your application.
So, the next slide there will be great. Key learnings from past projects, I gave three examples before and we've heard from Francis earlier today about some lessons and learnings she was able to pass on. In reviewing past projects recently both from the last round and the round before that, these are some tips and learnings you may want to think about enforcing in the application and discussing with your project partners.
Some of the projects have underestimated the time it takes to get ethics approval or underestimated the challenges of human research ethics. So do a little bit of exploration if you’re not familiar with the ethics process and consider whether you need to go through the ethics process early on consider it, I would say prior to submitting an application. Factor that into your planning, even though project length of being from now into the end of the year, nine months, may seem like a long period of time, but think about the particular ethics challenges you may face and the best thing you can do if you have any questions about your research or the project, get someone from ethics on the phone.
I've always found that when I'm submitting an ethics application for research projects getting them on the phone early is the quickest way to get the exact information you need to consider. This relates to time frames as well use the time to implement the project wisely, but also plan to implement as well. I recommend staging the project from planning and design through the delivery and leaving enough time to evaluate the project and writing up that report towards the end.
Even though evaluation reports aren't due to February next year, if you're having difficulty completing those reports or if you're looking at the evaluation report format now and have no idea about how to do it then get in touch with us get in touch with the project teams, at least factor in some time to develop those reports as well.
Scope. Some past projects, although they been successful the scope of the projects ballooned out whether that's only intending to do some initial ground work with some participants, getting some interviews on record and then maybe realizing that there may be a whole lot of other people worth interviewing and getting some data on through this project.
So, factoring in scope is important and each project will have its own scope requirement. So just factor that in and consider that in the application. Research recruitment this I guess relates to ethics, I guess the question comes the mind is, it realistic or are you in a position to have the right research recruitees in the process?
Is it realistic that you are able to get research participants if you're doing a research project, or if you're hosting a symposium or an event of some kind, is it likely that they're going to be able to attend and are there particular needs that need to be factored into it for attendance and access and all those sorts of things.
Mitigating the risk of COVID-19 we've talked about that as well but and I guess somewhat critically to the eligibility criteria for grants addressing one of the domains or one or more of the domains for the social impact framework and that comes down to whether in your mind and in the selection committees mind whether the project very clearly speaks to a social need, what is the social need, identify that in the process.
If you've got a general idea of what that is. Do get in touch for some tips and advice also maybe we can pass you to someone like Francis or other members of our team who can give you some tips and ideas about phrasing.
Roland Mooney: One of the things I think off the back of the Anti-Slavery Australia presentation was could we send around a sample application generally?
Mitra Gusheh:I think we can commit to asking previous grant applications if they're happy for us to share their grant application.
I think it's an excellent idea and as long as they're happy for that to be shared we're more than happy to do it and it's a great idea. What we might do is from this year on add it as a checkbox (on the application) so that we get pre permission to show that information on. That's a great suggestion thank you.
Roland Mooney: Okay we had a question from Rachel can we partner with government agencies or only not for profits?
Mitra Gusheh: Look I think that we're going to be outcome focused so if your program is contributing to communities and to society it is more about the social impact of the work rather than who specifically the partners are so we would more than happy to accept governments as partners. One thing that we would recommend is that if you're working in particular with more vulnerable communities in line with the case study that you heard there's a significant asset in terms of actually partnering with the communities that are impacted also as part of the partnership.
Roland Mooney: Okay, maybe just off the back of that one, there's a question from Olivera what about cooperatives?
Mitra Gusheh: Same applies.
Roland Mooney: So, a couple of mentions of having projects in late 2020. There's a question, if the project couldn't accommodate the current health situation is there a possibility of funds being returned?
Mitra Gusheh: Yes, look the end result of that would be that the funds will be lost both to you and to us. So that's that but I mean like that's the circumstance of the current context we live in and if that were to happen so be it and as part of that that's why we're asking people to consider some of the risk mitigations. I think you know, sometimes it's moments of crisis that support us to be slightly more innovative or think outside of the box. A good example of that is actually the participation in this webinar we've got far more people than we have previously had registered as simply going online, it was an unintended consequence of this whole scenario.
So, you know, it could very well be that you might be able to reach a broader set of demographics. We might be able to do things more effectively in some ways. So I would encourage people to actually think about you know, some of the strategies that are in place and people who we can actually partner with in terms of the things, but related to that I can also see a question coming up saying we will we privilege projects that will be offered online?
Absolutely not because I don't think the answer is necessarily online and, at the start of the session I was referring to this also, we're very mindful that there will be absolutely projects that will not be able to actually respond effectively to the current circumstances, but may be incredibly powerful projects with incredible impact and so what we have done is we've earmarked two of the grants for the 2021 round that we would sort of put aside for such projects. So, we are open to taking any projects and we will deal with them as they come.
Roland Mooney: Quick question do applicants need to have ethics approval prior to the application deadline?
Mitra Gusheh: That's not a requirement of the grant application but what Rob was talking about is to just be mindful of the process and not get yourself caught up in trouble by leaving it too late and having that be the piece that actually impacts an amazing project that then won't be able to go ahead. But not a requirement of the project no.
Roland Mooney: Based on Attila's email last week, is there any risk of the grants being affected?
Mitra Gusheh: We are granting the grants. The grants are safe.
Roland Mooney: Have any faculties committed to matching funding this year as they have in previous years?
Mitra Gusheh: As you can imagine we are in quite turbulent times, so we are still in conversation with faculties to see what their position is. As you can imagine faculties are now faced with other challenges, and as a matter of fact if I was leading a faculty, I would probably think twice about matching grants at this stage.
So, what we will do is we'll publicly place them on the grant website if they do come through but just be aware that people have quite stressful things that they're dealing with and this might not be a priority in terms of their consideration.
Roland Mooney: Question on extensions. Is that a possibility in the case that a project needs to be extended because of worsening restrictions?
Mitra Gusheh: Yeah actually so for those of you who might have joined late we've had definitely extended the application date, the closing of the application date in order to ensure that members of faculty in particular those who are far too busy trying desperately to move their things online have an opportunity to also engage in this process. So that applications are not now due until the end of April.
In terms of whether or not the project gets delayed what we've added into the application process is a question around, you know, your considerations around how you would actually handle a scenario where something like that might actually be the case and whether there's any possibilities of being adaptive in a quite a turbulence time and make changes as needed to ensure that the outcomes that you're trying to achieve are achieved but perhaps using different process methods or different, you know ways of actually engaging and we’re open to those kind of pivots.
If the project for whatever reason does not get delivered by the end of the year, unfortunately the funds will be lost and you know, and that might be the case and it will be fun will handle it as it unfolds essentially, but if this is not a situation where you can delay the funds gains this year for a project for next year.
Roland Mooney: Question from Cecilia women in STEM seen as an equity target group?
Mitra Gusheh: Yes.
The delivery end date. I just noticed on the thing, the project budget needs to be expended with a report submitted by December 10, but we still allow you to have a bit of time to actually wrap up and do the final reporting by the February of the following year.
Can you expand a bit about community partnerships? So what we mean by community partnerships is, you know, working hand in hand with partners of the university so whether they be some of the examples that were tabled before, your community partners, government, other forms of organizations who are working hand-in-hand with you in a reciprocal way so that you're making a contribution to them, they are making a contribution to the project as well, to the initiative, towards a shared outcome towards bringing about social change.
In terms of best practice around community engagement and community partnerships is that the community, particularly those who are impacted by the outcomes of the project, are involved in actually establishing the parameters and the design of the project. That they're in some ways involved in the implementation of the project and the review and reporting. So, it's around trying to actually work hand in hand with others towards the social change.
Just checking the final question around ethical approval, is it always needed in any engagement with community or students, like data collection, interviews, etc. Or only when the results will be published?
Best practice around ethics is to practice with ethics upfront. That is a requirement in terms of university research but is nonetheless also best practice in terms of other forms of practicing engagement.
So, we would highly recommend for that to be upfront, in particular when you’re actually working with vulnerable communities and working around project areas that might impact others. It's actually an incredible process if people are new to it, it's an incredible process to go through to just think about how the body of work might actually be having an effect on people who are around it, surrounded by it, being touched by it and will be impacted by the results of it.
So, we would hardly encourage that and there's lots of support systems within the university and feel free to reach out to us as well.
Can the projects be overseas? Yes, they can.
Rob Carr: Can you expand on the differences between a research proposal and a practice proposal? Yeah, it's a fairly broad question. In our information materials online, there's different sections on defining what a research proposal is and what a practice project is.
Mitra Gusheh: Maybe if I jump in. A couple of examples for instance, a project that's based around educational teaching and learning is not necessarily a research project. It's got to do with teaching practice or for example, there was a you know, a project proposal that supports students during a time that they're doing something or a rather is a practice project or something to do with something that's happening in the community would be a practice project as well as opposed to the research focused body of work but we understand that there may be overlaps between the two and we have certainly in the past have had projects that could fit in either category and then with encourage you to identify which is best fits in.
Rob Carr: I think we'll wrap it up but if something comes to mind after we end the session today, please do hesitate to get in touch you've got our email addresses, you've got email@example.com. We're all at this point in time working off site all of us being me and Roland and Mitra is currently in the office but my team is working from home, so if you're thinking about rocking up and knocking on my door my door is always open but not in this particular case to get in touch and we can have a phone call and I really look forward to seeing all the projects that come in. Good luck everyone please do get in touch. We’ll receive your applications when they come. Thanks very much.
Mitra Gusheh: We're recording the session again and if you need a refresher, if you want to refer this to any others, we will be in the near future placing this content online. So hopefully it'll answer other people's questions too, thank you so much for your time, and please do take care it's pretty stressful at the moment.
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