The community university partnership programme (Cupp) has been an active part of the University of Brighton since 2003 and is central to the university's corporate mission. We have many years experience of creating, developing and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and its local communities, and over 130 academics, 1,000 students and 500 community partners are now involved in the programme.
Community involvement is crucial to many aspects of our teaching as well as research, for example in developing communications skills amongst our pharmacy students, discussion with user groups to inform our research into diabetes and investigating attitudes into sustainability amongst consumers. We refer to this concept as our Community Knowledge Exchange.
Our focus is applied research which makes a real difference to people's lives, much of it conducted with our local communities.
Many of our students undertake relevant voluntary projects and development work in the community.
The university offers a trustee matching service for staff who are interested in taking on a voluntary role.