What it is?
Community Knowledge Exchange activities bring together the knowledge of local communities, voluntary organisations, practitioners and university academics to share their understandings and perspectives on issues of common interest.
We do this by focusing on developing and supporting partnership projects and Communities of Practice between staff, students and local communities.
Working together in this way means contributions can be made to meeting local community needs and bringing real issues into teaching and research.
The principles behind Community Knowledge Exchange include:
• The importance of different types of knowledge for example practice, service use, community membership and research
• Working together to identify and meet community needs in a sustainable way
• Addressing inequalities and disadvantage
• Building enduring relationships between local communities and the university
By encouraging academics, practitioners and community members to work together, these projects allow knowledge to be shared.
This knowledge sharing enhances the understanding of each partner and make a positive difference to the areas in which we live and work.
Seed funding supports the development of new or early partnership working between academic staff at the University of Brighton and local community organisations.
Each year we invite new partnerships to make applications for up to £5000 to make their ideas happen.
We run the On Our Doorsteps programme in Brighton and Eastbourne, and the Hastings Exchange Seed Fund on behalf of the Hastings Exchange.
These programmes aim to:
- Increase mutually beneficial relationships between staff and students and local communities
- Support partnerships to secure longer term funding for activities that engage in co-production of outputs
- Develop project activity that can provide volunteering opportunities to contribute to the longevity and reach of these projects
If you have an idea for a partnership project and would like to learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community of practice
A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share an interest. The group may evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular topic, or it can be created specifically with the aim of developing knowledge around a common concern.
'It is via the process of sharing information and experiences within the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills' (Lave & Wenger, 1991).
We use this idea in our community knowledge exchange work to support practitioners and university staff to develop and grow their collaborations for mutual benefit.
Community of Practice can be used:
- For clustering projects together under a shared theme to promote longevity and impact
- Helping different stakeholders keep up to date with information and skill development that is relevant to them
- As a mechanism for assessing the viability and value of new pieces of work or projects
- To influence key decision makers by providing them with well worked and mutually owned solutions to shared problems
- Working with people from different backgrounds and with different knowledge bases
Contact Ceri Davies for more information at email@example.com.
Do you want to gain direct experience of working in a sector that interests you as part of your studies?
The University of Brighton offers all undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a practical project with a local organisation as part of their degree.
This includes the public, private or voluntary sector and your degree may have a range of opportunities for you to undertake practical community work. Your course leader can advise you on optional modules available.
Postgraduate students are encouraged to link research or dissertation modules with requests for research from local community organisations.
This provides students with the opportunity to learn from real, applied research while giving community groups access to research they would not otherwise be able to fund.
Please contact Juliet Millican for more information at J.Millican@brighton.ac.uk or on 01273 644155.
For information on local, community organisations that host undergraduate student projects, contact the university's award winning Active Student service.