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Collaboration in Practice


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Collaboration in Practice

  1. 1. Collaboration in PracticeStephen WoollettChief ExecutiveSouth West Forum
  2. 2. Total incomeUniversities = £27 billionCharities = £36 billion
  3. 3. 2 millionUniversity studentsCivil society employees
  4. 4. 15%University research income from charitable trusts and foundations
  5. 5. 165165 Universities165,000 Charities
  6. 6. UUK says…“Successful partnerships between universities and charities are vital, now more than ever...
  7. 7. and....“...But the focus now needs to be ondoing more to record and celebrate thecollaborative work of the university andcharity sector. We should also get betterat sharing the lessons from successstories.”
  8. 8. Lots of great practice• Community Research Awards• Careers fairs and employability programmes• Volunteering programmes (eg Relays)• Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, studentships, vouchers• Support for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs• Festival of Social Science programmes• Research dissemination, public engagement• Learning, leadership programmes• Proving our Value
  9. 9. Proving our Value• £500,000 4 Year Action Research Project• Big Lottery Fund supported• 5 University/Social Purpose Partnerships• Focus on measuring social and economic impact• Partnership with University of Bristol economic impact cluster• Links with national Inspiring Impact Consortium• Generating expertise, knowledge, evidence tools, methodologies, networks and skilled practitioners ...leading to• South West Impact Hub
  10. 10. Proving our Value partners say...“in terms of relationships, ourpartnership has been brilliant. Thereis a common understanding of ouraims, good levels of trust andcooperation and it’s a pleasure towork together.”
  11. 11. and...“the partnership itself has worked verysmoothly. The difficulties of implementingthe project initially – now largelyovercome – have been very frustrating forboth sides but that has not interfered withthe partnership.We hope to continue it.”
  12. 12. and ...“It is really important to work in partnership as they [voluntary group] have a particular expertise that is not available to an academic institute.”
  13. 13. and…“We have enjoyed sharing experiences and ideas with other [PoV] partners ...... we have been able to build on our partnership and extend the methodology to a successful Big Lottery bid. .....we would like to develop a model that can be sold or franchised to generate income for our organisations and services.”
  14. 14. but also ......“The two sides of the partnership have therefore seemed at times quite distant, with the translation of academic research into practical tools uncertain”.
  15. 15. So ...some lessons• Different timescales, pace and time constraints can be difficult• Need time and resources for effective communication• Brokers (eg research students) very valuable• Initial buy-in from trustees, staff and volunteers crucial• Training for volunteers and staff to unlock expertise• Co-design of research methodologies very important• Critical that academics really understand the organisation• Academic rigour but want practical info “out there”• Specific project leads to wider collaboration
  16. 16. Contact usStephen