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Future Leaders Fellows Development Network Research Insights

A new series of six films connecting researchers with the different ways that their research can influence policy, the arts, business and industry.

Research and Policy Engagement


Professor Barry Smith interviews Professor Graeme Reid, exploring the different pathways, benefits and challenges of research and policy engagement.

Following a distinguished civil service career in the Department of Business, the Cabinet Office, and the Treasury, Professor Reid is now Professor of Science and Research Policy at University College London.

Research in a museum context


Professor Barry Smith discusses the different pathways, benefits and opportunities for conducting research in a museum context with guest Dr Emily Pringle.

Emily trained as a painter and worked for several years as an artist, educator, researcher and programmer before joining Tate in 2010 as Head of Learning Practice and Research.  In 2017 Emily was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship to examine research practices in art museums, leading to the publication of Rethinking Research in the Art Museum’ in July 2019. Emily was appointed Head of Research at Tate that same year. Emily is now a freelance researcher and writer on museum practice and research.

Research and Public Engagement


Professor Barry Smith explores the benefits, opportunities, and pitfalls for combining research and public engagement with guest Professor Sarah Churchwell.

Professor Churchwell has published over 500,000 words of journalism in international newspapers and periodicals. Her television appearances include Question Time, Newsnight, Newsnight Review, The Review Show, The Today Show (NBC), C-Span, Sunday Morning Live, This Week, Sky News, BBC Breakfast and regular appearances on BBC and Sky News. Churchwell’s book The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe has inspired two film adaptations, both of which featured her extensively. Professor Churchwell is the Director of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities.

Commercialising Research


Sharon Morgan-Young discusses the pathways, risks and opportunities for commercialising your research, with special guest Dr Jason Mellad.

Jason is a scientist entrepreneur passionate about translating innovative technologies into better patient outcomes. As CEO and co-founder of Start Codon, a Cambridge UK-based accelerator, he aims to identify the most disruptive healthcare founders and innovations worldwide, seed fund them and leverage the exceptional resources of the Cambridge cluster to de-risk and drive the success of their start-ups.

Research Across Sectors


Professor Roger Kneebone explores cross-sector influences between academia and practitioners in other fields and disciplines, with a focus on how cross-sector interactions can enhance each other’s research, skills and capabilities.

Roger Kneebone is Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science at Imperial College London, where he directs the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) and the Imperial-Royal College of Music Centre for Performance Science. His current work explores the nature of performing across disciplinary boundaries. Roger also hosts Countercurrent, a fortnightly podcast featuring unscripted longform conversations with a wide variety of guests.

Research and Citizen Science


Professor Chris Lintott discusses how and when citizen science can elevate and improve research outputs.

Professor Chris Lintott is Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, where he is also a Research fellow at New College. He was recently also appointed the 39th Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College in London. Chris is lead Editor responsible for Laboratory Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Software and Data for the journals of the American Astronomical Society, including the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal. Chris is also an author and a broadcaster for the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night program, and involved in all sorts of public engagement and outreach projects. Chris is a proud and excited member of the collaboration building the Vera Rubin Observatory, which will power the next astronomical revolution.

About the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network

The Future Leaders Fellows Development Network is a UK-wide programme providing leadership and career development opportunities to Future Leaders Fellows (FLFs) and UKRI-nominated Early Career Researchers.

The School of Advanced Study is one of the nine core partners, alongside University of Edinburgh, Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Leeds, Vertical Future, University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, University College London.

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