Building Research Capacity in Social Care Symposium

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Building Research Capacity in Social Care Symposium Showcase

Jointly hosted by the ARC KSS Social Care and Academy teams, we are inviting practitioners and early-career researchers to join a free two-hour event on developing research projects in Social Care.

Last year, we undertook a full programme of engagement, including a series of focus groups, identifying priority areas for ARC KSS research in Social Care. The illustration above provides a visual summary of the five priority themes that we are taking forward and we will be providing a brief outline at the event.

However, we recognise that there are many other areas of importance and challenge for the sector that would benefit from research and implementation support, and strengthen evidence-based practice and improve outcomes for people and the social care workforce. In this symposium, we would like to show how ARC KSS can support you in setting up your own research projects, seek funding opportunities and also link with academia.

Chaired by Prof. Sally Kendall, lead for the ARC KSS Academy, the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about ARC KSS funding opportunities that are available to support both social care professionals and/or early career researchers to take their ideas and projects forward and support their research career pathway.

You will also hear from:

  • Dr Jolie Keemink, Research Fellow from University of Kent, who conducted the ARC KSS prioritisation study for Social Care research,
  • Ann-Marie Towers, Reader of Social Care at University of Kent, and co-lead of the Kent Research Partnership, a joint collaboration with Kent County Council aimed at building capacity for Social Care within a Local Authority setting, and
  • Dr Clare Bates, from Choice Support, who will speak from her own experience of applying for and being awarded ARC KSS funding to support her research career development.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Jolie Keemink at or Rebecca Sharp at or click here to book your space. 


26 May 2022

13:00:00 - 15:00:00

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