EIRA Project Featured in Report

An EIRA-funded knowledge exchange project between the University of Essex and start-up Keep Fit Eat Fit has been featured in a sector-specific publication by The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE).

TCCE design, develop and deliver successful, effective, and ground-breaking collaborations and Knowledge Exchange programmes between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sectors for mutual benefit and wider impact. Their programmes, events and resources catalyse and support Research Collaborations, Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement. They also work to support the wider challenge areas for research, the arts and more widely across our lives, such as resilience, health and digital creativity.

Many of TCCE’s larger-scale programmes are developed in collaboration with funders and partners from academia and beyond. Some examples of these include: Boosting ResilienceThe Exchange, funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and Creativeworks London funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

TCCE place partnership, collaboration and knowledge exchange at the heart of everything they do, particularly focusing on bringing Higher Education together with arts, culture and creative sector for mutual exchange and wider social, cultural, environmental and economic benefit.

TCCE recently published a report on ‘Knowledge Sharing and Exchange in a Pandemic: a crowd sourcing document responding to the challenges arising from Covid-19’. The report includes the personal reflections of Knowledge Exchange professionals, new methods and ways of working and case studies, of which the project between Essex and Keep Fit Eat Fit has been highlighted.

Keep Fit Eat Fit is an Essex based start-up helping employers create a healthier and happier workforce. The collaboration between University of Essex academics and the business is centred around their soon-to-launch AI powered desktop app. Essex academics are providing content for this platform that encourages employees to manage their own health and wellbeing. The staff involved in this project are Dr Valerie Gladwell, Dr Ruth Lowry, Dr Nicholas Cooper and Achilleas Pavlou (consulting student).

More detail is given in the report about how the project is continuing to progress during the pandemic, including the special mesaures and considerations taking place to ensure a safe and efficient working environment. You can view and download the publication here.

To find out more about TCCE, please contact Suzie Leighton.