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Whether you’re already part of the UCL community, or are living or working in the neighbourhood of our new east London campus - welcome to the home of engagement at UCL East.

Our new campus in Stratford has been designed for collaboration.

With physical spaces that are publicly-accessible and programmes built around working with local communities, this next chapter for UCL embodies our founding principles - to better understand global challenges by bringing together diverse viewpoints.

Here you’ll find opportunities for collaboration, examples of our projects already up and running in the area, plus support for starting your own public engagement project.

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How to get involved 

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Connect + collaborate 

Want to connect with east London partners? We’re building networks with diverse local communities to bring their lived experience into our research. In conversation with them, you'll co-create knowledge with positive impact. 

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Training and support

Interested in finding out how your research can involve public groups? Our online training courses help build confidence and provide valuable practical advice for your public engagement journey.

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Funding

Already have a great idea that can make an impact in the local community? We have a number of funding opportunities for staff and students running a collaborative project.


Who we work with 

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Our projects are not only cross-disciplinary in their ideas and practices but diverse in the people and communities they bring together.

By building partnerships beyond the university based on shared values, we co-develop new ways of seeing the world and its challenges, and contribute to solutions that have a lasting positive impact for those around us.

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With schools and young people

Working with local schools we connect UCL academic expertise with young people to create new opportunities and access to university education.


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With academics and early career researchers

By embedding collaborative practices in research and teaching, we empower staff and students to pursue innovative lines of enquiry.

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With artists, creatives and culture 

Connecting with creative practitioners, we contribute to cultural discourse through public art commissions and programming.


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With community organisations

From funding projects to bringing extra capacity through volunteering, we look for ways we can learn from, and support, our neighbouring communities.


Our civic role

Building on our existing London strategy which has created opportunities in Camden, we are engaging with partners in Newham and other surrounding boroughs to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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East Bank

As a founding partner of the new cultural and educational district East Bank, we help to create positive experiences for locals including free events like Get Together which brought over 3000 people together this August.

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STEP internship

We are proud to be a key partner in this flagship paid internship programme for talented local 18-30 year-olds, whose fresh perspectives will transform the creative and cultural sector.

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New Talent-Future Leaders

Co-led by UCL and East Bank partners this ambitious 5-year programme will create inclusive training and employment opportunities for East London’s diverse young workforce. 


One of the most rewarding parts of the experience and of my placement so far has been working with colleges and schools from east London. I often sense a good rapport between myself and the pupils, being young east Londoners, and it felt good to know that by virtue of representation I had helped make higher education and employment appear like more of an option in the minds of the pupils. 

Mohammed, STEP (Shared Training and Employment Programme) trainee

Working with the deaf community doesn’t just mean sharing research with people but listening to them. It means working with a community to find research questions that are important for the community.

Proffessor Bencie Woll, sign language researcher, Trellis arts programme


Explore some of our highlights

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Community Engaged Learning

This dedicated consultancy service supports experiential learning by developing partnerships and incorporating collaborative projects into teaching. Students are enabled to contribute significantly to society, and become leaders of the future.


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    Windrush Cricket 

    Supported by seed funding from UCL East, this project captures the oral histories of Carribean migrants arriving in the UK since 1948, to explore the role of cricket in the experiences of the ‘Windrush generation’.

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    Newham Heritage Month

    Through workshops and the co-designing of an exhibition, the New Curators Project provided 10 young people from East London the chance to develop the skills and experience needed to start a career in the cultural heritage sector.


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    Trellis

    Trellis is a programme of knowledge exchange between researchers and artists, to create opportunities for collaboration for both groups, and communities based around the UCL East campus.

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    City Mill Skate 

    City Mill Skate is a research project using a shared design process for permanent skateable objects on UCL East campus. By involving local creative and skateboarding communities, it democratises areases of public space.


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    Student Volunteering 

    Over the past year our students have given over 62,000 hours of their time to communities in London. If you are interested in recruiting student volunteers through us, get in touch.