Welcome to Central's Research Centres
Exchange Collaborations is an online resource which provides support, resources and networking opportunities for higher education staff, students and anyone else involved in collaborations within the performing arts.
Exchange Collaborations is based at Central School of Speech & Drama and was created as a result of a research project which was supported by a PALATINE Development Award. PALATINE is the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Dance, Drama and Music.
The Exchange research project explored current and innovative examples of partnerships between universities and cultural industry or community organisations. Looking in particular at internships, apprenticeships and placements, the Exchange research project focused on collaborative learning, teaching and assessment and aimed to outline distinctive models of practice and offer guidelines on how best to make such collaborations work.
This website contains resources to assist in the devising, management and maintenance of collaborative partnerships across performing arts-related industries. The final report produced by the project leaders of theExchange research contains innovative examples of practice profiled by the research team.
In addition to this, you can find out about the Exchange Symposium which took place on 13 January 2011 at Central School of Speech & Drama and download some of the presentations from this event.
About Central School of Speech & Drama
Central School of Speech & Drama, a specialist conservatoire within the University of London, nurtures artists and performers that will lead the way in radically changing communities and global networks.
Based on one campus close to the heart of London, Central's postgraduate community accounts for one third of its overall student body. There is no other single faculty worldwide that offers such a diverse range of specialist master's programmes in theatre and performance practices.
Susan Oman, Lead Researcher
Susan worked as a curator and visual arts project manager for five years before coming to Central School of Speech & Drama to manage its placement scheme and collaborative learning. Susan curated exhibitions in London, New York, Melbourne and Dublin. She specialised in the work of recent graduate visual artists from London art schools; focussing on providing a launch platform for visual artists’ careers, and supporting them through the logistics of being a freelance professional artist.
Placements at Central: People and places
Central has many close formal and informal partnerships with professional bodies, national and international consortia and the theatre industry. This is evident by the huge variety of placements reflected in the work-based learning that forms an integral part of many of Central's courses.
Some of the staff introduce Central placements: