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How we work

The Engineering Exchange provides a ‘match-making’ service for community groups and engineers to tackle problems facing London communities. We help with initial project scoping, and support where needed with achieving deliverables. We provide de-briefing at the end of the project, which may lead to further phases of work.

We've supported a range of projects looking at air quality, demolition of social housing, healthy ageing, neighbourhood planning and commmunity energy, among other topics. Anyone is welcome to contact us with an idea or problem, but we may not be able to help with every project. Projects must have a clear engineering outcome, and both parties must commit to the length of the project. Our ability to help will depend on our contacts’ availability and skills.

Working with communities

If you are a community group in London with a project idea, a question we can help to answer, or a technical problem you want to solve, we would love to hear from you! 

We match community groups with engineers, working together to find answers and solutions. We specialise in problems related to technology, infrastructure and the environment. This includes issues like energy, water, waste, air quality, information and communications technologies, noise, pollution, buildings, transport, mapping, etc.

Working with engineers and researchers

If you are an engineer or researcher interested in working with communities, please get in touch! 

We provide training in community work and advice on community-based projects. We also offer grant-writing support for EngEx-related projects. You can also help to expand our base of specialised knowledge and skills that we call on for specific projects.

How are we funded?

The Engineering Exchange is funded by UCL’s Faculty of Engineering and the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. We’ve also received public engagement grants from the EPSRCNERC and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Follow us on Twitter @uclengex and visit our Facebook page.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - privacy notice

Following new regulations relating to data protection in the UK, the EngEx has reviewed our data management processes. In order to inform our contacts of relevant news and events, we retain some personal data, including names and email addresses, in order to notify you infrequently about relevant news and events. We will never share this data with third parties. If you would like to stop receiving communications from the EngEx, please inform us at engex (at) ucl.ac.uk 

Note: While every effort is made to manage our emails effectively and securely, we acknowledge that mistakes are sometimes made. If you would like to contact us about the emails you receive from the Engineering Exchange, or if you have issues using this page please email us. We will respond as soon as practically possible.