Ignite is a new 12 month community-university partnership incubator programme run by the University of Brighton and funded by UK Research and Innovation. For the first time the university will combine in one development programme: seed funding a ‘community of practice’ and tailored partnership support. The aim is to foster six new partnerships and to help sustain them into the future. Each partnership will receive up to £6000 worth of support for the 2018/19 Ignite programme.
Following an open competition, the proposals for new community-university partnerships will be considered by an Ignite Advisory Group. The group, which is made up of community and university members, will look for projects that connect with research and teaching at the University of Brighton. Additionally, projects will need to have a community impact, and those that address social inclusion and sustainability will be prioritised. Community partners, for the Ignite programme, must be a legally constituted not-for-profit organisation. Six partnerships will be selected by the Advisory Group to be part of the 2018/19 Ignite programme.
The Ignite programme will be delivered by the University of Brighton’s Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) team who secured the national funding. CUPP has a long history of encouraging and supporting successful community collaborations. A key outcome of the programme will be to share the learning from Ignite. This will include the production of a guide and partnership case studies, so other universities and communities can benefit from the learning – both in the UK and internationally.