NCACE champions Knowledge Exchange and collaboration between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sectors.


NCACE is led by TCCE, in partnership with: Bath Spa University, Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University.

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Evaluation as a valuable catalyst for the effectiveness and efficiency of NCACE

Evaluation has been an integral part of the NCACE project from its early planning stages. The key purpose is to ensure ongoing dialogue and connectivity across the NCACE Areas of Work to enable us to have a clear understanding of what is working, or indeed not, and how we need to respond to that across each strand.

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The University’s Role in Culture-led Place-Shaping
Fireflight show at Sunderland cultural venue The Fire Station (Credit: Ray Gibson)

The cityscape of Sunderland is changing. It’s been variously captured on film as a warm and welcoming city by the sea (Sunderland Til I Die on Netflix) to post-industrial backwater (news channels like France 24 in the aftermath of Brexit). Of course, I could drive you to areas that would illustrate both perspectives. But the truth is more interesting.

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Latest Newsletter

NCACE Monthly Bulletin
Issue 7, 27 May 2021

Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to May’s edition of the bulletin. 

Enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed to, or participated in, our activities over this last couple of months. We very much look forward to working with you again in the coming months. There are more details on all our upcoming activities in June below including: our next Getting Involved event, our second Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN) event and our policy workshop Collaboration in Place-making: Revealing the roles of universities and arts partnerships and knowledge exchange.

NCACE Collaborations Champions Network. 

Last month we issued a call for nominations and self-nominations to join our new Collaborations Champions Network. Our deadline was on May 25th. We would like to say a huge thanks for all your applications and nominations. We plan to announce our first tranche of champions in the near future. The key role of the new network will be to work with us in the development of a vibrant, valued community of practice in the field of cultural knowledge exchange.

Collaborating with Higher Education: NCACE survey with Arts Professional

In March this year we ran a survey with Arts Professional magazine entitled Collaborating with Higher Education and we were delighted to have 546 respondents. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. It has provided us with a wealth of insights and information and will be invaluable as we shape future activities. We have drafted a snapshot of the findings and will publish a General Finding report alongside a series of articles to be published over the coming months. We are also pleased to be starting a brand new editorial partnership with Arts Professional, with the first article being published on 3rd June.

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