Sharon Summers

Summers
Design Manager
s [dot] a [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Butler to two demanding felines and I always know where my towel is. 

Updates and Outcomes

Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Putting the FUN into Funding Bidding for project funding can seem a lot of hard work (and it is) however there is no reason you can’t have some fun while you’re doing it.  The HEIF funded Funding Accelerator program aimed to make creating ideas and developing them into funding bids an enjoyable process that brought together people from various organisations and different backgrounds in order to collaborate on co-design projects to benefit...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

See here for Day One. Despite discussions around projects (and football) lasting til midnight all were bright-eyed and ready for more work early the next morning. After a quick round-up of what everyone planned for today and making sure all the support they needed was available it was time to get on with writing their bids.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Since January 2018 we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn University, and third sector organisations within the Blackburn area to create new and collaborative projects to submit for funding. We have held monthly workshops in both Blackburn and at Lancaster University to give people from these various backgrounds the opportunity to get together and generate ideas.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Fifth Bid Writing Workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - Fifth Bid Writing Workshop

On the 30th May we had our fifth bid writing workshop here at the Imagination Lab. This was planned as a full day workshop in order to allow those currently writing bids to have some time to research and write without distractions.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Our fourth bid writing workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator: Our fourth bid writing workshop

Held in Blackburn Library our fourth workshop was a different format to the ones we'd held previously.  In response to questions regarding funding sources we dedicated the major part of the session to discussing different places to access funding for projects and the characteristics and opportunities for each. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Our third bid writing workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator: Our third bid writing workshop

The third of our bid writing workshops was held in Blackburn with Darwen council offices on the 28th March 2018.  This workshop included a range of representatives from various third sector organisations from the Blackburn with Darwen area. We'd sent out a 'what are your interests' form beforehand to prime people to come prepared - we wanted to not only give them an idea of what themes and bids were already being worked on but also allow...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Dates are now available for the bid writing workshops - a monthly series of events to co-design workshops alternating between Lancaster University and Blackburn.

These activities grew from a new collaboration between Lancaster University (ImaginationLancaster, FHM, FST) with Blackburn College...Read full update

Funding Accelerator - First Bid Writing Workshop

We will be holding our first bid writing workshop at Blackburn College on 25th January 2018.

Part of the scope of this project is a series of co-design workshops to generate ideas for funding bids and facilitate the development of robust partnership bids for those ideas for connected...Read full update

Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Putting the FUN into Funding Bidding for project funding can seem a lot of hard work (and it is) however there is no reason you can’t have some fun while you’re doing it.  The HEIF funded Funding Accelerator program aimed to make creating ideas and developing them into funding bids an enjoyable process that brought together people from various organisations and different backgrounds in order to collaborate on co-design projects to benefit...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

See here for Day One. Despite discussions around projects (and football) lasting til midnight all were bright-eyed and ready for more work early the next morning. After a quick round-up of what everyone planned for today and making sure all the support they needed was available it was time to get on with writing their bids.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Since January 2018 we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn University, and third sector organisations within the Blackburn area to create new and collaborative projects to submit for funding. We have held monthly workshops in both Blackburn and at Lancaster University to give people from these various backgrounds the opportunity to get together and generate ideas.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Fifth Bid Writing Workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - Fifth Bid Writing Workshop

On the 30th May we had our fifth bid writing workshop here at the Imagination Lab. This was planned as a full day workshop in order to allow those currently writing bids to have some time to research and write without distractions.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Our fourth bid writing workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator: Our fourth bid writing workshop

Held in Blackburn Library our fourth workshop was a different format to the ones we'd held previously.  In response to questions regarding funding sources we dedicated the major part of the session to discussing different places to access funding for projects and the characteristics and opportunities for each. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Our third bid writing workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator: Our third bid writing workshop

The third of our bid writing workshops was held in Blackburn with Darwen council offices on the 28th March 2018.  This workshop included a range of representatives from various third sector organisations from the Blackburn with Darwen area. We'd sent out a 'what are your interests' form beforehand to prime people to come prepared - we wanted to not only give them an idea of what themes and bids were already being worked on but also allow...Read full article

You can find a list of Sharon Summers's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

The Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and WealthThe Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and Wealth The Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and Wealth Co-design for health and wealth Funding Accelerator is a HEIF funded project led by Professor Leon ...