Archive for November 14, 2014

Opportunities for Community Based Organisations

An introductory guide to good practice, 3rd December, 2 pm-4.15 pm

Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel


Join the UK Community Partner Network on the first day of the NCCPE Engage 2014 conference in Bristol to explore the dynamics of community university research partnerships. This seminar is a rare opportunity for community partners to come together. The event will include a chance to network and learn from others; resolute discussion; ways to make research partnerships work; opportunities to spot the finest ingredients to develop community university partnerships that make a difference; and a chance to build our collective strength. Let’s hassle for something better together.

Launched in 2013 the UKCPN is run by and for community partners, to tackle some of the key challenges affecting community university partnerships, to share learning and great practice, and to create an environment where community university partnerships can thrive. Why not sign up to our newsletter and find out what we are up to by emailing – or check us out at


Please note, the workshop is free and open to all community partners regardless of whether you are attending the Engage conference. To book your place for this workshop only please complete the following booking form by the 28th November.


In addition, the NCCPE are keen to involve community partners at their conference, so are offering free places for community partners (one per organisation). For further details please contact the NCCPE on

Full Time Research Associate Position

Research Associate (AHRC)

Open University, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, Based in Milton Keynes
£31,342 to £35,256 depending on experience. Fixed term contract to 20 October 2019
Closing Date: 15/12/2014

We are seeking to employ a Research Associate to work on a new research project, funded by AHRC for five years under the Connected Communities and Design highlight notice. The project is called Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities. It aims to explore how community-led design (CLD) practices can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places. Empowering Design Practices will engage directly with community organisations and communities of faith and place in order to review and co-develop innovative participatory design practices and to co-deliver design projects. The project will also aim to build capacity in (participatory) design research.

The project is a collaborative partnership between the Open University and organisations outside the Higher Education sector including English Heritage, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Glass-House Community Led Design as well as design professionals and consultants from the design and heritage sectors.

The successful candidate will be expected to have completed a postgraduate degree in architecture, design, heritage, community studies or other subject related to the project. The candidate will also be expected to have knowledge and experience on community engagement in design processes and/or knowledge and understanding of the architecture and history of religious buildings and of the faith communities that use them.

The Research Associate will work collaboratively alongside the project team to support the design and delivery of project activities and will play a crucial logistical role in coordinating information, action and learning.

For more information see:

Connected Communities Media Collection – Add Your Project to This Great Resource

Connected Communities projects from across the UK are adding media made by and about their projects to the Connected Communities Media Collection website.

If your project is not on the site we encourage you to visit and create a project page:

The website is a resource for all CC projects, academic researchers, community groups and the general public. It enables media made by and about projects to be accessed through one portal and the research outputs disseminated and shared with the widest possible audience.

It only takes a matter of minutes to register your project (current or past) and add your media to the collection.

To view the range of projects and different types of media on the site check out the A-Z directory here:


If you require any assistance, you can email Fiona Oliver – the project’s media assistant at, and she will be happy to help you create a page and add your media. 

Fiona is available for the next 3 weeks so get in touch as soon as possible if you would like some assistance with setting up your page.