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Dr Cedric Tan (Zoology) has been awarded a £6,000 knowledge exchange seed fund to to design an immersive escape room for conservation education.

"The conservation of species is a trending topic, yet few people take individual actions and make everyday decisions that can help preserve and protect wildlife. We aim to develop an escape room game to instil environmentally consciousness in participants. The activity enables players to learn in the affective domain: that animals have lives and emotions, and hence participants would empathise with other living things and understanding how human actions can impact the lives of those with whom we share this planet with. The game also emphasizes the consequences of our own actions and that of previous generations’ actions on both humans and wildlife. Players collaborate with researchers in creating this escape room by providing ideas for the evolution of the activity and designing stories that would that would better cater to the motivations of the participants in order to change their mindsets." Cedric's collaborator is Ran Peleg. He is an instructional designer with an expertise in producing creative and engaging science education and outreach activities.

We now have two different escape rooms in development - one in maths and this one - so I'm looking forward to finding out how they've worked out and sharing their case studies in due course. Congrats to Cedric!

If you would like to apply for a Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund, the next deadline is April 24 at 2pm, but you can apply at any time up to that point, and indicative budgets are £2-4,000 but is flexible.

When is PER KE? The University's strategy for KE includes anything that helps disseminate or realise the utilisation of research beyond academia. Knowledge exchange is what it says on the tin, so if your PER has a particular flavour of 'exchange', either with your publics or by involving a partnership with an external contributor then your PER might count. Remember, knowledge can come from different places and be different things - academic knowledge isn't the be-all, especially where research application will be used by or affect members of the public who are far better placed to share their lived experiences, and there are experts in a range of engagement methodologies who can enrich and improve the quality of your PER.

Knowledge exchange can look like:

  • collaboration with users in the co-construction of research (participation)
  • dissemination and achieving visibility of research (visibility)
  • application and use (use)
  • ensuring benefits to discrete population groups and the wider public (benefits)
  • percolation of knowledge through normative and discursive changes beyond specific impacts on policy and practice (diffusion).

(taken from the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Toolkit from the University's Department of Education)


If in doubt you can contact Matt Smart in the KEIT team.

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