The Research Successes Forum at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is one of the many ways in which we support our research community.

Addressing research-related career issues for ECA academics and postgraduate students, the monthly events are a chance to hear from experts about different strategies and methods, their successes, and ways of improving them.

In the main, speakers come from across ECA and the wider College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), allowing us to learn from, and adapt, each other's research practices.

In the past the Forum has had sessions on Funding Application Coaching, and Research Impact and its Evidence (a joint session with the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures).

Photo of researchers in an archive
Image courtesy of Karolina Koczynska
DSRG members in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art archive
Photo of a handling workshop at an exhibition
Image courtesy of Sam Rutherford
Combining art historical research with contemporary fashion design to question beauty and body image ideals

Previous series


1 July | Online events - copyright and licensing in time of lock-down | Online via Collaborate | 9.30am - 10.30am

6 October | Working With the Media | Online | 1pm - 2.30pm

12 November | Practice Research Funding | Online | 2pm - 3.30pm


17 October | Art & Design Research - Anne Boddington (Kingston University), Juan Cruz and Kamini Vellodi (Art) | ECA Main Building, Room L05 | 11am - 12.30pm

30 October | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Room L05 | 9am - 1pm

30 October | Research Success Forum - Practice Research Funding, Bev Hood (Design) and Kristin Mojsiewicz (Art) | ECA Main Building, Ante Room L06 | 2pm - 3.30pm

5 November | Book Proposals & Publishing (Session 1), Emma Brennan (Editorial Director, Manchester University Press) and Patricia Allmer (History of Art) | ECA Main Building, Ante Room L06 | 12pm - 1pm

5 November | Book Proposals & Publishing (Session 2), Emma Brennan (Editorial Director, Manchester University Press) and Patricia Allmer (History of Art) | ECA Main Building, Ante Room, L06 | 2pm - 3pm

20 November | ECA Writing Retreat | Fire Station, Meeting Room 1 | 9am - 1pm

29 January | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 1pm

5 February | Researching (future) cities: tactics, methods, practices, projects, Suzanne Ewing (ESALA) | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 2pm - 3.30pm

19 February | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 1pm

4 MarchResearch Ideas/Projects Workshop - 'Childhood and Youth', Do Coyle (Moray House School of Education) and Patricia Allmer (School of History of Art) | ECA Hunter Building Room R2B | 2pm - 3.30pm

18 March | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 1pm

1 April | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 1pm

6 May | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 1pm

3 June | ECA Writing Retreat | ECA Main Building, Boardroom (L05) | 9am - 5pm



4 September | Working with the Media (9-12pm) Edd McCracken | Room 5.21, Evolution House, ECA

24 September | Developing, Pitching and Funding a Book Project, Emma Brennan and Patricia Allmer | Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

16 October | Early and Mid-career Fellowships, Heather Pulliam and Freya Gowrley | Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

12 November | AHRC Standard Grant Applications, Dave O’Brien and Patricia Allmer Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

6 December | Data, Kerry Miller and Geoff Lee | Room 5.21, Evolution House, ECA 

16 January | Working with the Media, Edd McCracken Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

22 January | Research-Led Teaching, Halle O’NealRoom L05, ECA Main Boardroom

7 February | Network Grants, Juliette MacDonald and Mal BurkinshawLecture Room B2.01, Alison House

25 February | Rejection - Resilience – Repurposing (co-hosted with CAHSS), Sara ShintonLecture Room A2.04, Alison House

19 March | Research & Industry Collaborations, Beverley HoodLecture Room A2.04, Alison House

25 April | Diagnosing Artistic Research Today, Kamini Vellodi and Michael Schwab | Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

1 May | Engaging with the Public, Alistair Fair | Room L05, ECA Main Boardroom

5 June | Making the Leap - Strategies for Building Big Grant Networks and Plans (co-hosted with CAHSS),
Sara ShintonRoom L05, ECA Main Boardroom



19 September | Grant Writing Surgery, Stefan Bilbao | ECA Main Building, Ante Room 

24 October | Practical Workshop on Writing the 300 Word Narrative, Maria Fusco | Evolution House, Room 5.21 (Board Room)

22 November | Research by Practice: REF, Evaluation and Valorization, Tahl Kaminer | Minto House, Geddes Room 

22 January | Fellowships Workshop, Patricia Allmer, Cath Keay, Freya Gowrley (IASH) | ECA Main Building, Main Boardroom 

31 January | Raising the Profile of Projects, Research Knowldege Exchange and Outreach Office 

POSTPONED Evidencing Impact – Testimonials, Patricia Allmer (ECA), Laura Bradley (LLC), Anne Sofie Laegran (Research Support Office, CAHSS), Catharine Ward Thompson (ECA) | Evolution House, Room 5.21 (Boardroom)

27 March | Edinburgh University Press Session – Successful Publishing: From Monographs to Journal Articles & Publication Funds | ECA Main Building, Main Boardroom 

Date TBC | Design Thinking, Chris Speed | ECA Main Building, Main Boardroom

24 April | Survive and Thrive in the Peer-Review Process, Halle O’Neal | ECA Main Building, Main Boardroom 

11 May | Particularities and Differences in Modes of Artistic Enquiry, Florian Hecker | ECA Main Building, Main Boardroom 

Edinburgh College of Art has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. Across all five of our subject areas (Art, Design, History of Art, Music, and Architecture & Landscape Architecture), 100% of our research environment has been recognised as either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).



11 October | Peer-reviewing

16 November | Pathways to Impact

13 December | Research as Teaching / Teaching as Research:Finding New Projects with UoE’s Art, Archive & Rare Book Collections