ACP students exhibit The Messy Process of Research

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Messy Process of Research

Students from the Associate College Partnership (ACP) at Oxford Brookes will be exhibiting in the Glass Tank from 21 April in an exhibition titled ‘Re-Inventing Research: The Messy Process’.

The exhibition will show how the students navigate through their research projects and explore the connections they make when trying to understand the world around them. 

The individual pieces of work on show will demonstrate the thought processes and development of ideas of students in their first to final year of study across a range of subjects including Fine Art, Business Communication, Animal Behaviour and Engineering.

What you will see here are not the finished projects or the outcomes of research, instead you will be fascinated by the thought processes, how they emerge and they look or sounds like.

Janice Howard, Principal Lecturer Student Experience for the Associate College Partnership

 

By showcasing how students have investigated problems, how they have rethought, reworked and explored concepts across such a wide range of disciplines, the ACP demonstrates that research and inquiry is not just for those who choose to pursue an academic career.  Indeed, it is at the centre of professional life in the 21st century. 

Janice Howard, Principal Lecturer Student Experience for the Associate College Partnership said: “What you will see here are not the 'finished projects' or the outcomes of research, instead you will be fascinated by the thought processes, how they emerge and what they look or sound like”.

“Expect to see thought maps, annotations in text books, sketchbooks, free writing, plans, models, diagrams, notes, experiments, artefacts, collections; we might hear interviews, conversations and audio observations.”

The launch of this exhibition on Tuesday 21 April coincides with the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen our learning and teaching community, offering time to reflect and recognise our innovations and achievements in teaching and supporting higher learning. We ensure that networking and sharing practice is at the heart of the event, starting with a keynote talk by Isis Brook, Head of Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies at Crossfields Institute International, at 12 noon in the John Henry Brookes Building Lecture Theatre on holistic education. See programme and register at http://bltc15.brookesblogs.net/

The exhibition will run from the 21 April until the 1 May in the Glass Tank exhibition space on the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to all members of the public. 

The exhibition is supported by Oxford Brookes Student Union and UK Recruitment and Partnerships.  Selected works will be displayed as part of the Oxford Brookes Outburst Festival 2015 at the Pegasus Theatre from 7 – 9 May.