The University of Brighton's Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) has been involved in brokering and developing partnerships with their local communities for the past eleven years. These partnerships are concerned with the exchange of knowledge and prioritise those that tackle disadvantage.
The CUPP programme's work involves building links between local community groups and academics, students and support staff.
The programme is concerned with mutual working between universities and communities, identifying ways in which study and research might link to current issues of local, national and global concern. This includes:
- How knowledge is created
- Dissemination of knowledge
- Different forms of knowledge
- Skills of knowledge brokering
- Knowledge exchange
This course provides an opportunity for those wanting to take forward their own community engagement work. This could involve:
- Reviewing an institution’s vision and mission
- Restructuring disciplinary relationships
- New approaches to the ways in which knowledge is generated and transmitted
Through a detailed study of the CUPP approach, alongside other relevant models and strategies, we will support participants to develop something bespoke that fits the needs of their own locality.
Individual tutorials: by arrangement, one per month.
Please note: Follow up online seminars and tutorials will be delivered via Skype for business.
Who should attend?
This course is particularly well suited to:
- University managers
- Administrators or brokers
- Those interested in the development of community-university partnerships
- Those working in NGOs or voluntary sector infrastructure organisations that are keen to develop mutually beneficial, meaningful partnerships with local higher education institutions
"CUPP has inspired hope, so whenever I lose faith in the vision I know CUPP has made it work. I will take the enormous theoretical knowledge from the course in Brighton, and huge support from the therapy group you have become.” 2015 CUPS Course Participant
The course is highly participative, drawing from the experience of the CUPP team and those on the programme.
It will look at:
- The values and principles behind university community engagement
- The history of universities working with communities and the different meanings attached to this
- Definitions of good practice and the motivations and challenges behind this work
- Managing change within organisations and moving from projects to strategic commitments
- Accessing a university, the example of the CUPP Community Helpdesk
- Stimulating activity and the role of seed funding
- Student involvement through building community partnerships into curricula
- Engaged research and the brokering of student and academic research projects
- Evaluating outcomes and celebrating achievements
In addition to the five-day intensive course in Brighton, the course will include bi-monthly seminars, group tutorials and individual tutorial support to complete a relevant action research project within your own organisation.
Who's delivering the course?
The course will be run by members of the CUPP team including:
- David Wolff - Director of CUPP
- Dr Juliet Millican - Deputy Director (Academic), Student Community Engagement
- Bethan Prosser - Community Helpdesk Manager
- Dr Ceri Davies - On our Doorsteps, Community Knowledge Exchange Seed fund
- Prof. Stuart Laing - Emeritus Professor and former deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton
- Paul Bramwell - Community Practitioner and partner to the CUPP programme
Since attending the course, our programme has gone from strength to strength - avoiding the mistakes and implementing the successes which the CUPP team so openly shared has meant we’ve been able to make great progress." 2015 CUPS Course Participant
Costs and booking
Institutional fee: £1495, this includes course delivery, residential and online seminars and all course reading.
Individual / self-funded fee: please contact Juliet Millican - J.Millican@brighton.ac.uk
The course does not carry academic credit however it is possible to gain accreditation through the university RAWL process (Recognition of Work Based Learning) for a 40 credit level seven module. The additional fee for this is £554.
If you are interested in this course, please follow the link below.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 643004.