[cma-l] Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) - New Opportunity!

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Tue Jan 9 19:00:47 GMT 2018


   - Did you know that universities are keen to work with you?
   - Are you curious about building a new partnership to get some work done

Community-university partnerships bring together two sets of expertise and
knowledge to make a
difference. Partners decide the focus (and the terms too), so that the
benefits are shared and the
relationships are worthwhile.

The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) aims to help broker
and kick start new
partnerships – because finding an academic to match your interests can be
challenging. If you are a
community based business, social enterprise organisation or charity, and
wonder if partnering with
a university researcher might help to develop your work further, then come
along to one of these FREE
CUPI MATCH EVENTS. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, travel costs up
to £50 reimbursed,
and interesting, focused conversations are guaranteed.

*What sort of partnership?*
The areas and subjects that partnerships could work on are endless. For
example, you might want to
measure effectiveness or social value, or be keen to understand or widen
your client base, perhaps
it’s working with volunteers and shareholders or business development and
market research that
interests you more. If you’re busy tackling social problems, strengthening
communities or improving
the environment, you might already have a research interest that you want
to pursue. Finding local
solutions with the help of a new community-university partnership could be
just the thing – these
events will offer the chance to think about and explore the options

*Heads up – there’s a funding opportunity too! *
CUPI MATCH EVENTS provide an opportunity for new partnerships (that emerge
from the events) to
bid for a small ‘kick-start’ fund of between £500 - £1000 to get your
partnership off the ground. It’s
intended to help potential partners to work out if and how they might work
together and to refine
their ideas more, by covering some of the costs involved in thinking and
planning. This could include
doing some desk based research, travelling to meet up to test or frame your
ideas into clearer
project plans or simply having further conversations. Support will also be
available if you want to
explore ways to fund and develop your projects in the future.

*Pin the date: *

   - *Bristol *– Thursday 22nd March at Knowle West Media Centre, 10:30am
   registration for an 11am start until 4:30pm
   - *Manchester *– Tuesday 17th April at St Thomas Centre, 10:30am
   registration for an 11am start until 4:30pm

*Who can apply?*
Any community organisation or business can apply! If you can, try make sure
the representative
from your organisation is available to attend the CUPI match event and has
authority to bid for
funding. If not, don’t worry, bids can be made after the event too.

*Find out more*
Visit the CUPI project page
to see how a community-university partnership could benefit your work.

Follow the below links to apply for a place at one of the CUPI match events:

   - Bristol match event:
   - Manchester match event:

Have you got further questions? Contact stephanie.todd at uwe.ac.uk who will
be more than happy
to help.

CUPI match events are delivered through the Community University
Partnership Initiative funded
by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, developed
by the National
Coordinating Centre Public Engagement.


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