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University of Oxford – new programme to support community groups to seize an opportunity or overcome a problem by collaborating with our researchers.

May 6, 2021

The University of Oxford is launching a new programme for community groups across Oxfordshire. The programme aims to support community groups to seize an opportunity or overcome a problem by collaborating with our researchers. Through this we hope to build mutually-beneficial partnerships and increase the scale and scope of opportunities for people who live and work in Oxfordshire.

The programme has three stages:
Introduction: we’ll introduce you to researchers from across the university, including scientists, medics, engineers and more. We’ll run sessions to help you come up with ideas for projects that you could run with these researchers to help you achieve something for your community group. We will run these sessions in June and July this year.
Project development: we’ll support you as you work with the researchers to develop your idea. This could be designing a piece of tech to support members of your community, researching something about your local area, creating an activity to help people learn about your community or something else entirely. We anticipate running this stage from September to December this year.
Celebration event: We will organising a celebration event to showcase your project and raise awareness about your community group. This could be online, in-person or a mix of the two. We will run this event before the end of March next year.

We are looking to partner with up to five community groups based in Oxfordshire. We are interested in working with a broad range of groups, including (but not limited to):
• communities of place,
• communities of interest
• BAME community groups
• LGBTQ+ community groups
• Patient support community groups
• Youth groups
• Ageing support groups

Our researchers are involved in a wide range of disciplines, for example robotics, food and healthcare. There are lots more research areas, so whatever your community group would like to achieve, there will be a researcher who can help.

Being part this programme is completely free for community groups, and we have funding to cover all resources and expenses, including payment for a representative from each community group to participate in the programme.

You don’t need to have any science knowledge to take part in the programme, just an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in! This is a pilot programme, which means we are trying a new approach to learn what works and what doesn’t work, so your feedback will be really helpful as we progress. If you don’t have a specific project in mind that is absolutely fine, you can join us to simply learn more about our research and see where that takes you.

If you are interested in knowing more, please email OCVA at pulse@ocva.org.uk

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