Letters for Learners
Letters for Learners provided the latest thinking and discoveries from researchers at Newcastle University through letterboxes from Hertfordshire to Northumberland.
In 2015 six academics worked with Cap-a-Pie to compose letters to members of the public inviting them to understand and inform academic research through creative tasks.
The project proved a positive experience for both researchers and recipients. The letters built a close connection between researcher and recipient enabling a deep and personal engagement, whilst the use of creative arts allowed the recipient to gain an in depth understanding of the research. Recipients were excited and motivated to find out about academic research and felt they better understood how research impacted on their lives. Most notably they were very keen to assist the academic with their research and understand how the interaction was ‘useful’.
Brad McCormick: facilitator
Dr Michael Richardson: project lead
Dr Eleanor Holmes: writing consultant
Katy Vanden: producer
Letters were written by:
Jayne Carrick, PhD Researcher: School of Marine Science and Technology
Dr Quoc Vuong, Senior Lecturer: Institue of Neuroscience
Kate Stobbart, PhD Researcher: School of Arts and Cultures
Matt Jenkins, PhD Researcher: Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies
Dr Stacy Gillis, Lecturer: School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics
Dr Michael J Richardson, Lecturer in Human Geography: School of Geography, Politics and Society