Community members and practitioners
Are you looking for advice, guidance or support with research?
Do you have ideas for projects or activities that could involve students or staff?
Are you interested in developing longer term partnerships with the university?
We can offer:
- Advice and support for community projects to link with university researchers, staff and students
- Opportunity to talk through your ideas and needs with experienced members of the team
- Access to facilities and resources within the university
There are many ways that we can work with you, see some examples of communities working with the university.
Do you want to gain direct experience of working in a sector that interests you as part of your studies?
As an undergraduate University of Brighton student you may be able to take the 'Community Engagement: Theory into practice' module in years 2 or 3. Students on the module undertake a practical project with a local organisation.
Your degree may have opportunities to undertake practical community work. Course leaders can advise on this. You can carry out research for local community organisations as part of your postgraduate degree.
Please click here to view our current postgraduate student research opportunities and Student community research agreement form.
We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Enterprise; a level 7 module.
For more information on how you can get involved as a student. see our Working with our community page or for examples of how students have undertaken community engagement, see our Student Community Engagement page.
Contact our award-winning volunteering service Active Student.
Juliet Millican (centre) with University of Brighton graduates.
For more information contact Dr Juliet Millican at J.Millican@brighton.ac.uk or on +44(0)1273 644 155.
There are a number of ways that staff can volunteer on projects.
You may already have a project in mind, or alternatively you can contact Active Student who have a database of volunteering opportunities. Either way, all University of Brighton staff can apply for time to volunteer.
Academics staff are also able to
- Incorporate community engagement into a course
- Offer research or development advice to local community organisations
- Find research partners from the local community
- Get involved in the On Our Doorstep seed fund programme to exchange knowledge with community partners
To find out more information, see our staff pages for University of Brighton staff.
Conference in Doha
National and international links
The University of Brighton is a member of the Talloires Network, of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) and the Global Association for Community Engaged Research (GACER).
We have a strong national and international reputation for our work in community engagement and have worked closely with the UK’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
We have advised universities in Senegal, where we supported a regional conference on community engagement in 2012, in Bosnia, Cameroon, Canada, Ireland, Belgium and Spain and have participated in a range of national HEFCE consultations.
Leading on the curriculum design work package in an Erasmus project ‘Europe Engage’, we have also just published a book on our student community engagement programme, ‘Learning to Make a Difference, Student Community Engagement and the Higher Education Curriculum’.
Organisations wanting to connect more closely with our work should register on the Cupp network and consider joining our new course, Developing Community University Partnerships starting in April 2018. We also have a range of internal publications available to download or in hard copy on request.
Please contact Suze Cruttwell at S.Cruttwell2@brighton.ac.uk for more information.
Meet the team
The Community University Partnership Programme team (left to right):
- Bethan Prosser, Community Helpdesk
- Simon Northmore, Student Community Engagement
- David Wolff, Director
- Dr Ceri Davies, Community Knowledge Exchange
- Dr Juliet Millican, Deputy Director (academic)
- Suze Cruttwell, Administration and Development Support Manager
- Prof Angie Hart, Academic Director (not pictured)
- Sarah Lord Soares, Community21 Project Manager (not pictured)
Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) team.