Trellis: Community Partnership Building Events

UCL Culture is co-delivering events to foster relationships between researchers and communities 

What is it?

UCL Culture is working with UCL staff/students/research groups interested in building or developing partnerships with communities, individuals or local organisations in east London. We are funding networking events and activities that bring together UCL researchers and external partners.

We are particularly interested in events which use unusual or creative methods of networking, for example:

  • Speed dating
  • Events which utilise community venues and spaces (where social distancing allows)
  • Solution focused workshops (online formats and other creative methods)
  • Online 'eat and greet' or 'speed-dating' sessions
  • A mixture of styles which adhere to current government guidelines.

Regardless of format, events should aim to:

  1. Build new partnerships, or strengthen and deepen those which exist
  2. Explore areas of mutual interest
  3. Build towards ideas for future collaborative work
  4. Focus on knowledge exchange (i.e. a two way exchange of knowledge between UCL and external, non academic individuals or organisations) with a community, individuals or local organisations in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest (although others may also be involved).

What funding is available?

We aim for these events to be delivered in February 2021 (though are open to discussion on timing of events), and have a budget of £1,000 per event to support associated costs.

After the events, participants will be able to apply for up to £2,000 to collaborate on future activity. This activity must take place by March 31st 2022. More than one application for £2,000 may come out of each event.

This opportunity is part of the Trellis: Growing Community University Partnerships programme, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (EPSRC IAA).

All events are linked to EPSRC funded projects or researchers (funding need not be current) but can include multiple staff and/or students, not all of whom need to be linked to EPSRC funding. The key external partners must be based in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest but others may also be invited.

Can I get involved?

Yes! If you are interested in co-delivering a Community-University network building event with us please fill in this Expression of Interest online form as soon as possible, but by the latest 27th November 2020. The earlier we receive your interest the better we'll be able to discuss and support your ideas. 

Alternatively, email the team for more information or if you need the Expression of Interest in a different format.

Deadline to apply: 27th November 2020

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