The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 5th­– 7th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-​design methods and tools for engagement, this event aims to develop Early Career Researchers’ (ECRs) capabilities in carrying out action research with communities, and stimulate discussion and debate around the academic and societal impact of these approaches.

Featuring a keynote from Professor Irene McAra-​McWilliam OBE, delegates will take part in a series of paper presentations, discussions, and creative workshops to enrich their understandings and applications of action research in community settings.

Potential areas for discussion will include, but are not restricted to:

  • Action research, participation, and co-​production with communities
  • Design-​led methods and tools in action research
  • Relationships, power, and ethics
  • Engaging with diverse and minority communities
  • Moving across disciplinary boundaries
  • Case studies of research with the public, private, and third sector
  • Innovative research outputs; collaborative evaluation and dissemination
  • The value, impact, legacies, and sustainability of these approaches
  • Building your professional research network

This program of activities will offer an inspirational and supportive space for a select network of ECRs to exchange insights on broader aspects of research and career development, including approaches to generating research questions, writing research bids, and dissemination to diverse public audiences, and to consider how they might work together in the future.

Call for Participation: Application Process

To apply to take part in the Summer School ECRs should refer to the eligibility criteria within the Application Pack below before completing the enclosed application form. For the Summer School, we ask successful applicants to prepare a 10 minute presentation of their research, which may include emerging concepts, theories, reflections, methodological innovations, findings, questions, or concerns.

Completed application forms should be sent to Cara Broadley at c.​broadley@​gsa.​ac.​uk by Tuesday 29th March at 9am. We will notify successful applicants within two weeks of this closing date.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Early bird registration fees of £150.00 should be paid by the 15th of April 2016. Please note that numbers are limited, and in the event that capacity is reached, a waiting list will be operated. After this date the fee will increase to £200.00, payable by the 6th of May 2016.

Full details of the registration fee payment process will be provided to applicants upon acceptance.


A number of bursaries are available to cover UK and EU delegates’ registration fees, travel to Forres, and accommodation expenses. Leapfrog is keen to support ECRs who would not otherwise be able to attend the Summer School. Please explain in your application form how this support would be of benefit.

For further information please contact Cara Broadley, Leapfrog Research Associate, on c.​broadley@​gsa.​ac.​uk