Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ 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 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. 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.

Application process

Further information about the application process and fees will be posted week commencing Monday 1st February. The application deadline will be Friday 18th March at 12 noon.

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 public, private, and third sector organisations
  • Innovative research outputs and collaborative evaluation and dissemination
  • Understanding the pathways, value, impact, legacies, sustainability of these approaches
  • Building your professional research network


The AHRC’s formal definition of an ECR is an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions. We welcome applications from individual ECRs from across the Arts and Humanities, and PhD students in their final year of study.


A number of bursaries are available to cover UK and EU delegates’ registration fees, travel, and accommodation expenses.


The Summer School will take place at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio, in Forres, Morayshire.

Further information
For further information please contact Cara Broadley, Leapfrog Research Associate, on