PROJECTS

#1: Share Academy

Share Academy is a partnership project between the University of the Arts London (UAL), University College London (UCL), and the London Museums Group.

The story so far

A pilot project, conducted between October 2012 and March 2013, explored the challenges and benefits of partnership working. The pilot produced a feasibility study outlining the potential for collaboration.

Between March 2013 and April 2015 the Share Academy team spent two years brokering, funding, and evaluating cross-sector collaborations in the London region. Further information on our previous projects can be found in the Legacy Book.

Our work​ 

Share Academy ran workshops for museum professionals across England to share our learning and expertise around the collaborative practice. Share Academy was also working with universities and museums in the East Midlands region to develop a database that will facilitate and map cross-sector collaborations. If this proves successful it was hoped that the resource will be rolled out to the rest of the country.

The research of Share Academy explored the long term and dynamic impacts of museum and university partnerships, working with and for local ecologies.

Share Academy reports, advice, and guidance on museum and Higher Education collaborations can be downloaded below. 

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The partnership came together through a shared belief in the potential for mutually beneficial collaboration between Higher Education and museums. Share Academy has been researching, supporting, and promoting partnership working between the two sectors since 2012 with the support of Arts Council England (ACE).

SHARE ACADEMY RESOURCES

The ACE funded Share Academy is producing a range of resources and reports aimed at the museum and academic sectors.  These are designed to help facilitate new relationships between museums and academics and help develop existing ones. 

Reports contains research conducted for Share Academy, evaluation reports and case studies, and broader information on the programme; downloadable advice booklets for museums wishing to start, or develop their collaborations with Higher Education Institutions.

REPORT #1: 

SHARE ACADEMY-THE ART OF COLLABORATION

Our booklet highlighting the work Share Academy carried out, and the 15 museum and Higher Education projects that it supported during the project.

REPORT #2: 

SHARE ACADEMY FINAL EVALUATION REPORT 2015

The full evaluation report on the Share Academy 2 Project  prepared by Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd.

REPORT #3: 

SHARE ACADEMY 1 PROJECT INFORMATION

Information about the Share Academy Project including the concept, the partners, aims and objectives, outputs, and evaluation.

REPORT #4: 

SHARE ACADEMY SCOPING EXERCISE REPORT

Share Academy is exploring the potential of brokering stronger links between universities and museums. It is funded as part of the Arts Council England (ACE) Strategic Funding programme, and the pilot programme ran from October 2012-March 2013. This report summarises the findings of this pilot study.

REPORT #5: 

SHARE ACADEMY 1 EVALUATION REPORT SUMMARY

Summary of the evaluation report on the Share Academy. Project prepared by Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd.

ADVICE #1: 

INITIATING CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS

This short guide aims to provide museum professionals and university academics with tips for initiating cross-sector partnerships. From finding the right people to work with to developing better lines of communication between museums and universities, this guide will lead you through the first steps toward collaborative partnership.

ADVICE #2: 

HOW TO PLAN COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

This short guide aims to provide museum professionals and university academics with tips for planning a collaborative project across the sectors. From thinking of your project idea to developing a project plan that suits each partner, this guide offers advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of partnership and reap the rewards of collaboration.

ADVICE #3:

ARRANGING SUCCESSFUL STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

This short guide aims to provide museum professionals and university academics with a framework for arranging successful student internships. It considers the wide range of student placements currently hosted by the museums sector and also the ways in which museums and universities can gain the most mutual benefit out of this work.

ADVICE #4: 

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING GUIDANCE

This short guidance will help you to develop and structure a Memorandum of Understanding for your collaborative projects, highlighting what should be in a standard MoU and why, and what other options you may wish to consider for inclusion.

ADVICE #5:

GUIDANCE ON PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

This guide will help you understand the importance of project planning and management in making projects successful and delivering your desired outcomes.

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