UCL East



One of our main streams of activities is to offer funding to support the development of participatory projects in east London.

We offer support by funding innovative projects that make an impact.

Whether you want to get a creative practitioner involved, explore ways of communicating your findings in an engaging way, or need a budget to repay community groups for their time, we have a number of funding streams to help support your project.

Currently our funding is open to UCL researchers working in partnership with community groups.

Poster from Newham Youth Map. Hand drawn images of young people.

Current opportunities 

Listen and respond

Listen and Respond is an initiative to explore how UCL as a whole can best “Listen and Respond” to the needs of communities and the voluntary sector in London as they confront and recover from COVID19. In partnership with UCL Student's Union Volunteering Service, the initiative is supported with funding from UCL East, UCL Culture and Innovation and Enterprise.

Young people from Hackney in a discussion about prosperity

Community Engagement Seed Fund

This is a small grants funding round to support the development of engagement activities and partnership opportunities. UCL Staff and Students can apply for funding to help them build, develop and catalyse relationships with east London communities.

People play a game during a session of UCL East engagement

Beacon Bursaries

Bursaries are part of a strategic programme of activities that aim to embed public engagement as a normal, valued activity for UCL staff and postgraduate research students.

Participants at a workshop led by UCL for the Creating Connections East project

Train and Engage

This training and funding programme is for UCL postgraduate research students. Participants attend a series of public engagement training sessions and complete online modules, then have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £1,000 to run their own public engagement projects.

Pupils participate in the keyhole surgery activity.

Highlights from our past funded projects

We have been able to support a hugely varied programme of participatory projects - from X to Z and working with diverse groups local to the UCL East campus and across London. Below is a selection to inspire you.

Trellis projects 

This creative autistic-led collaborative project highlighted the importance of relationships to autistic people, especially in the face of Covid-19.

This project afforded recognition to the east London d/Deaf community’s history, culture and language. 

Two people talking outside.

Community Engagement Seed Fund Projects

In collaboration with Hackney Council and Hackney Museum, this oral history project explored the role of cricket in black British communities.

Windrush generation cricket team photograph.

Beacon Bursaries projects 

To explore vision and perception, east London locals were invited to upload their colourful photos that were turned into individual optical illusion videos and added to a map.

A virtual workshop aimed at health workers advising on contraception choices for trans and non-binary people.

A person reads from their phone in an art gallery.

Train and Engage projects 

This project set out to share the latest neuroscience discoveries in cognitive ageing with older people, and used poetry as a medium to get their feedback in how UCL research should evolve.

Two elderly people walk together down a wooded path.

Listen and Respond projects

Responding to the challenges of growing up in east London, this project employed six local young designers to create a solution that helps improve their access to employment..

A creative participatory project exploring how freelance creative practitioners in east London have been adapting their work in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Collaborating with artists, young ambassadors (11-14) and youth workers, UCL's Connected Environments team co-created a series of interactive online VR studios to creatively engage young people during lockdown.

A person writes on sticking notes.