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Digital Shift Forum – Hiral Patel, Cardiff University

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

Hiral Patel, Lecturer and Architect, Cardiff University

3 March 2021, 14:00 – 15:00

Hiral Patel’s current research and teaching aims to better understands clients and users of built environment. She is interested in themes of learning, socio-material practices, holistic building performance and adaptation of buildings. Having trained as an architect from India and practiced in the UK, her work has spanned from research, developing business processes, managing projects to technical building design. She has also provided programme management consultancy to higher education clients.

Hiral’s PhD research theorises the practices of adapting academic library buildings. Based on this research, her consultancy for Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) to identified research themes for future learning environments in the higher education sector. She also designed a framework to better align learning spaces with curriculum. Her research around the DEGW archive explores the linkages between organisational practices and the built environment to help understand the changing nature of ‘work’. Building on this project, she is particularly interested in developing the methodology of curating exhibitions as part of the research process.

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