Welcome to our platform. We are the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE) and we’ve created this platform as a space where researchers can find support for their writing. From writing notes, through to ‘writing up’, this platform connects researchers to communities of support such as libraries, archives, research sites, and research groups.

Story Foundry

The Story Foundry is a hybrid incubator and accelerator, looking for people and organisations who want to explore the borderlines between storytelling and data. In the fast evolving technological landscape, storytellers make powerful use of myth, recasting archetypal materials into new forms and modes of delivery. Our goal is to build a powerful network to support the rapid progression of projects and careers. Recognising that stories are inextricably linked to the communication of ideas, results, and data, we seek to explore the application of this understanding to current societal challenges.

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For all researchers

This platform is a resource for all researchers - emerging researchers, continuing researchers, and research facilitators. We extend a warm hand of welcome to individuals and groups that are seeking greater recognition within research culture: undergraduate students, engaged researchers, makers, graduates, research support staff, practitioners, and citizen investigators. We are a broad community and welcome researchers with a background in science, art, business, design and the humanities, and much more. Find out more about the range of researchers we support, or read on for more information about the themes, subjects, and methods that we engage with.

Creativity and education across cultures

We are TRACE: the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education. We’re a research team that investigates and maps creativity across cultures. Our mission is to enable the formation of new knowledge across cultures of creativity and education. This platform focuses on researchers as writers, and fulfils part of that mission. Read more about who we are and about our expertise in Transcultural Creativity and Education.

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Support at every stage of the writer’s cycle

Writing is a continuous, cyclical process that includes planning, writing notes, exploring ideas, reflecting, and editing, as well as the more formal process of ‘writing up’ your work for publication or presentation. This platform connects researchers to support at every stage in the writer’s cycle, to help you through each stage. You can find events on our calendar, places to explore on our map, and friends to help you along the way on our community pages. The TRACE team also provides training and guidance on the four key phases of writing, as described in our Writer’s Cycle.

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Face-to-face and virtual community

Writing and research need not be solitary pursuits. You can find out about other researchers and research projects on our community pages. These pages also include information about the key community spaces that are there to support your work - so take a look and get involved! Browse our Calling Cards to discover more.

All kinds of writing

Writing comes in many forms. The TRACE platform on writing and transmedia forms of storytelling in research. In the digital age, multimodal and transmedia approaches to writing are becoming more common. Writing can be ‘performed’ in many ways - for instance with a camera and audio recorder, or through live performance. This platform celebrates all kinds of research writing, from a simple printed monograph through to pieces using multimedia and interactive elements. Read more about transmedia storytelling.

Across science, business, the arts and the humanities

TRACE’s members come from across all subject areas. We are scientists and practitioners, researchers and makers, creative thinkers and performers, technologists and entrepreneurs, arts organisations and social enterprises; anyone who wishes to create imaginatively and collaboratively across cultures. Some of our members work alone, addressing the theme through the process, content or distribution of their work. Other members contribute to research through the co-development of productions, models, and/or partnership projects. Read more about our associates.