#greenhouse happening with Dr Sam Illingworth @samillingworth

11221469485_c2fb47fa2f_mHello everybody,

We hope you are all well. This is an announcement about our next Greenhouse happening, this Thursday the 10th of March, 12-2pm.

Join us in the Special Collections (3rd floor of the library on the All Saints campus) this week for a special Greenhouse led by Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication.

In this session, there will be a number of hands-on activities to discover how poetry can be used to teach a variety of subjects, and to enable us to discover new ways of thinking about the topic. Our subjects.

Please could everyone bring with them one poem that they enjoy.

We really look forward to seeing you there.

ps. Please note this happening counts towards FLEX.


Staging your research with Dr Sam Illingworth @samillingworth

Staging your research

Hello Everyone,

RKE & CELT (and me!) are running a new training programme for all researchers across the University. Working with the lecturers from the Manchester School of Theatre, the idea is to work with researchers to create a series of devised theatre over the next six months.

There will be one event per month, normally on the last Thursday of the month from 17:00-19:00; dinner  will be provided, and it will be a lot of fun! The first session is on Thursday 26th February from 17:00-19:00 in Benzie Building Room 303. The first session will just be an introduction, with zero commitment. 

Please bring along to the introductory session an idea or an item that you potentially want to develop in your research. If you can’t think of anything, then don’t worry, just come along anyway and get involved!

Please get in contact with me (s.illingworth@mmu.ac.uk) if you have any further questions. 

Many Thanks,


Creative Spaces II with @samillingworth and the #greenhouse

Creative Spaces II

In July of last year, Creative Spaces was held in the John Dalton Gardens as a way of getting people from across the University to connect, communicate and hopefully collaborate on future projects. More about the successes of that event, and how it can relate to teaching practices can be read about in this blog post.

Following on from those successes, Creative Spaces is back, and will be taking place on the Spanish Steps of the Birley building, from 13:00 – 15:00 on the Wednesday 25th February. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we are encouraging any member of staff with an idea that they would like to share or an activity that they would like to show off to get in touch. It will be a very informal affair, with lunch provided once again by the multi award-winning MetMunch.

Feedback from the last Creative Spaces was that it generated a real creative impulse that should have been harnessed, rather than left to gently dissipate in the warm summer breeze.  This time around we will therefore be trying to harness those creative energies, and there will be the opportunity for a more structured group discussion on the natures of interdisciplinary collaboration, and barriers to it across the University.

Creative Spaces has now also teamed up with the Greenhouse, and we will be working together to help to promote cross-disciplinary creative thinking, discussions, teaching and research in the months and years to come.

We look forward to welcoming you to another Creative Spaces. If you are interested in exhibiting any ideas (half-baked or fully-formed), please get in touch with either Hannah Fawcett or Sam Illingworth.

If you plan on attending the event, please could you fill in this Eventbrite form, so that we have an idea of numbers for lunch and refreshments: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-spaces-2-tickets-15596958924

Many Thanks, and see you soon! 😉

Dr Sam Illingworth

ps. For information about the Greenhouse and how to join, please access http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/greenhouse.php