Supporting Higher Education in London

Civic Map

The London Higher Civic Map is a dynamic project which has been compiled in collaboration with London Higher members to showcase and examine the ways in which London’s higher education sector works in partnership with multiple key stakeholders across our city to enhance and improve it for all.

This map celebrates the many ways in which London’s higher education institutions work on, and indeed beyond, the traditional ‘campus’, for example, engaging with the capital’s businesses or partnering with healthcare providers to benefit local communities and make a positive difference to society.

The map seeks to reflect the depth and diversity of our members’ place-based collaboration by identifying ‘hotspots’ of civic engagement across London, and it will be regularly updated.

Please note some pointers may overlap as certain case studies share the same principal location, therefore all projects may not be viewable at a 5km scale. Please zoom into the map at a 100m scale – this will allow all case studies to be shown individually.  

The creation and updating of this map has been undertaken by Darren de Souza. If you would like to contribute to the map, please contact darren.desouza@londonhigher.ac.uk 

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Digital Skills Programme

Loughborough University London

Loughborough University London is working to support start-ups, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), charities and not-for-profits scale and grow through a two-part programme aimed at boosting digital skills.

The Digital Skills programme is a free two-part programme with the aim to improve digital skills. It offers online workshops and the chance to set virtual work insight projects for Loughborough students.

Since starting the Programme in March 2020 they have worked with around 150 micro-SMEs from across London. 70 of these micro-SMEs have benefitted from at least five hours of capacity building workshops. Alongside this they have delivered 92x 30-hour work insight projects, building capacity for those micro-SMEs involved and giving vital work experience to their students. The work insight projects have directly led to students gaining employment, either with the organisations they have worked with or via the experience and references they have gained.

Locations

Hackney

Partners

Digital Grid Partnership; Newham College; Goldsmiths, University of London; London South Bank University

More information about Digital Skills Programme

Category: Communities, Education

Windrush Justice Clinic

University of Westminster

The Windrush Justice Project is a collaborative project in its pilot phase that provides advice and assistance to victims of the Windrush scandal in making claims for compensation. It is currently fundraising for a caseworker and coordinator to enable to the WJC to develop and expand so that they are able to assist more victims of the Windrush scandal to claim compensation. The University of Westminster’s own Legal Advice Clinic has hitherto advised and assisted 14 clients with compensation claims and four clients regarding their immigration status. The Windrush Justice Clinic partners have advised and assisted over 40 clients with their claims for compensation.

Locations

across London

Partners

London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic, Kings London Legal Clinic, Southwark Law Centre, North Kensington Law Centre, JCWI, Claudia Jones Organisation, Windrush Compensation Project and Jigsaw House Society

More information about Windrush Justice Clinic

Category: Communities

Singing for Lung Health

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Singing for Lung Health, a free weekly singing group established by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in partnership with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, aims to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals living with long-term lung conditions such as COPD, Bronchiectasis or Asthma. The group was created in response to the increasing awareness of singing’s positive benefit for those with chronic lung conditions, helping to manage feelings of breathlessness and provide a sense of community and lift mood.

Recognition of the benefit of singing for those with long term health conditions, alongside continued need, has encouraged Trinity Laban to continue investing in the health of the local community as a cultural catalyst, securing local borough funding to establish two more Singing for Health groups in the Borough of Greenwich, one focused on Parkinson’s, and one on Pain Management, alongside a new lung health group.

70% of patients reported improvements in symptoms after 8 weeks of sessions according to the COPD questionnaire and overall patients reported improvements in their breathlessness after each class (using the MRC Dyspnoea Scale).

Locations

Greenwich, Lewisham

Partners

NHS Lewisham and Greenwich Trust

More information about Singing for Lung Health

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

REFRAME Workshops Tackle Burnout among GPs

University of Westminster

Prof Damien Ridge, Prof David Peters and Dr Justin Haroun at the University of Westminster’s Centre for Resilience have worked extensively with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2014. Through this partnership, the researchers translated their research into burnout among GPs into a pilot resilience-building programme aimed at Junior Doctors, which was then further developed into the “REFRAME” workshops: half day, intensive resilience-training programmes, aimed at helping doctors to better cope and perform safely and competently under pressure. These workshops have been delivered since 2016. Guys has provided funding for a research project with Westminster on burnout and readiness to change amongst a group of consultants, which the Deputy Medical Director states: ‘reflects our long-term commitment to positively impacting on staff health and wellbeing for the betterment of both our patients and staff, which our collaborations with the Centre for Resilience has already significantly advanced’.

Of the doctors surveyed from the first trained cohort, 85% said they were inspired to make at least one change in their working practice, and 74% later confirmed that they did so. Among the qualitative feedback received, participants stated: “The technique of slow breathing has helped me to calm down several times when I was under severe stress”; “I have managed to reduce my stress levels in acute situations”. Of the second cohort of 68 Guys’ health professionals, 75% showed a marked improved in stress and well-being two months after the workshop, compared to those who made no changes to their working practice.

REFRAME is now provided to Foundation Year doctors as part of their mandatory training. Attendance is also compulsory for the Junior Doctors Leadership Group, who provide peer support to such staff. This makes Guys’ ‘the only provider organisation to mandate resilience awareness and training for foundation year doctors’, according to the Deputy Medical Director at the Trust, who adds: ‘Participating in this work with the University of Westminster has had an impact on how we, as an organisation, think about staff wellbeing. It has moved wellbeing up the agenda over the years.’

Locations

Southwark

Partners

Deputy Medical Director Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

More information about REFRAME Workshops Tackle Burnout among GPs

Category: NHS / Health

Re-imagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets & Spaces

Kingston University London

Utilising the creative and design expertise of its students, Kingston University has played a leading role in delivering and commissioning ‘Re-imagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets & Spaces’, a public realm strategy with community and business engagement, and cocreation at its heart. It sets out transformational and tactical project ideas to inspire change and coordinate investment in the town centre. A central aim of the project was to inspire a range of ideas across the community, and help foster greater collaboration with the University’s student community.

The strategy has since been adopted by Kingston Council, is being used by the town planners for developer contributions, and is serving as an evidence base for future funding opportunities. To date, Kingston has been successful in receiving nearly £1m of funding to transform a vacant undercroft, adjacent to Kingston’s historic bridge, into a ‘Factory of the Futures’ that will provide much needed space for the creative industries and opportunities for young people, creating new reasons to visit the town centre.

More information about Re-imagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets & Spaces

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Creative

TL Ignite

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

TL Ignite is supporting 24 emerging local artists to develop their entrepreneurial expertise and establish sustainable careers through one-off grants and bespoke professional support. The scheme strengthens Trinity Laban’s ties with the local creative community, building a vital network to help boost the post-pandemic recovery of performing arts in Southeast London. Trinity Laban hopes to run the scheme annually.

Through seed-funding and a curated programme of knowledge exchange, TL Ignite aims to empower these newly graduated and early-career creatives to identify and realise development opportunities, find new ways to connect with audiences, build their networks and monetise their work. The recipients, who are all in the first five years of their careers, will use the award for project realisation, digital creation and professional development, enabling engagement with local communities and the creation of new work.

 

Locations

Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark

Partners

Local creative practitioners

More information about TL Ignite

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Creative

Inspired not Tired

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Trinity Laban’s Inspired not Tired programme offers opportunities for older adults in Lewisham to take part in creative activity, engage in projects with other groups including other local groups for older adults, schools and Trinity Laban students, perform at venues across London, develop new creative skills and connect with other likeminded people in the local area. It celebrates participants’ creativity, ideas and life experiences, including those who are less mobile or experiencing life-limiting illness, isolation and social exclusion.

Successive research studies have evidenced positive impacts on social and creative confidence, improved breathing and mobility, reduced pain and significantly greater psychological wellbeing among participants. This is a longstanding programme. During the pandemic, Trinity Laban has maintained delivery through a combination of online projects such as Let Me Out!, What Is Hope?, and engagement via post and phone, sending creative postal packs encouraging movement exercises, crafting and lyric sheets, and organising group skype calls for karaoke and catching up via landlines. As they return to in-person activity, to hope to continue to capitalise on new forms of digital engagement to reach as many participants as possible. Indeed, these projects, and others, have touched the lives of around 1,770 local residents aged over 60. Other community projects have engaged 1,636 disabled children and 26,223 young people and a phenomenal 176,682 people have attended Trinity Laban performances.

Locations: Lewisham

Partners

Lewisham Council; Older People Arts Network partners; Entelechy; Albany; SLAM; Age Exchange; Horniman Museum

More information about Inspired not Tired

Category: Communities, Creative

The Compass Project

Birkbeck, University of London

The Compass Project supports refugee and asylum seekers to access HE and was developed in partnership with Article 26 (part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation), Student Action for Refugees (STAR) and Haringey Council, building on a partnership which had significantly increased the number of people from Tottenham studying certificate-level qualifications at Birkbeck.

Alix Partners (Z Foundation), Allen & Overy, Santander, Texel, Travers Smith and private philanthropists kindly support this outreach programme, helping to ensure that this continues as a sustainable part of Birkbeck’s mission.

Haringey

Locations

Haringey

Partners

The Helena Kennedy Foundation, Student Action for Refugees (STAR), Haringey Council, Alix Partners, Allen & Overy, Santander, Texel, Travers Smith

More information about The Compass Project

Category: Communities, Education

Brunel Volunteers

Brunel University London

As a public institution based in the heart of Hillingdon, Brunel believes in utilising the facilities at the institution and the expertise and skills of the staff and students at the institution to make a positive impact in the local community. The university runs a number of initiatives and projects in Hillingdon and are always looking for new ways to meet civic needs. Last year Brunel Volunteers offered 16,000 hours of service to good causes in Hillingdon through their volunteering scheme.

Brunel Volunteers works with over 60 local charities, community groups and schools. Volunteer activities include fundraising, mentoring, befriending, social media, marketing and stewarding, as well as organising high-profile civic events such as ‘Good Deeds Day’.

Locations

Uxbridge, Hillingdon

More information about Brunel Volunteers

Category: Communities

CU London Youth Outreach

CU London

CU London’s work with local young people includes welcoming local organisations such as Barking & Dagenham School Improvement Partnership and Future Youth Zone onto campus, the sponsorship of Dagenham & Redbridge FC and supporting community and charity events such as the Mayor’s Civic Dinner. CU London’s second campus in North Greenwich in also participates in this civic activity.

Locations

CU London Dagenham Campus: Rainham Road North, Dagenham, RM10 7BN CU London Greenwich Campus: 6 Mitre Passage, Greenwich, SE10 0ER

Partners

Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership, Future Youth Zone, Degenham and Redbridge FC

More information about CU London Youth Outreach

Category: Communities, Education

Emergency Food Bank for Vulnerable Citizens

City, University of London

City Library Science postgraduate students worked in tandem with Age UK to set up and deliver an emergency food bank for City of London residents during the pandemic. The project was developed after it was advised that people vulnerable to Covid-19, such senior citizens and people with disabilities, remain at home during the pandemic.

Locations

City of London

Partners

Age UK (Alice Westlake)

More information about Emergency Food Bank for Vulnerable Citizens

Category: Communities

Family Learning

Birkbeck, University of London

Family Learning targets children who are unlikely to apply to university. Birkbeck’s role is to provide advice and support to parents, in some cases encouraging them to consider HE for themselves. This includes, for example, parents who run small businesses and who have signed up to do a Foundation Degree over four years, part-time in order to fit in with work and family commitments, in order to enhance their business.

Locations

Birkbeck's campuses in London

More information about Family Learning

Category: Communities, Education

Student Nurses and Midwives Support Covid-19 Effort

City, University of London

Hundreds of nursing and midwifery students studying at the university in their final or second year of study, have elected to undertake extended clinical placements within the NHS to support the fight against Covid-19.

More information about Student Nurses and Midwives Support Covid-19 Effort

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Supporting businesses in Hillingdon

Brunel University London

Brunel continues to foster links with local businesses, via the Co-Innovate project. The Help To Grow project for SMEs within the Brunel Business School and also acts as a focus for innovation and entrepreneurship through the Central Research Laboratory.

The University established the successful Central Research Laboratory in Hayes, the UK’s first product-based accelerator for start-ups, in partnership with U + I and this has become a model which is to be rolled out nationwide by its partner. To date, over 100 businesses have been supported, and in 2021 Brunel secured £1.6M from Research England, to work with their partners U+I to launch their new accelerator programme Making the Future Digital, extending the support they provide for graduates start-ups while also growing the local economy.

The University also actively supports businesses through up-skilling, providing recovery-funding, project based work and undergraduate placements (c.1,400 per annum).  Their ability to develop partnerships across industry and local and central government is important to the local economy, especially as the region looks to forge an economic recovery. The University is an active supporter of Chambers of Commerce and local business organisations such as West London Business.

Locations

Hillingdon

Partners

U+I

More information about Supporting businesses in Hillingdon

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

The Greenhouse

University of the West of Scotland, London Campus

The Greenhouse at Republic was established in 2021 to provide a space for early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups within the community, and from UWS London’s student body, to grow their businesses.

In creating this space, UWS London has partnered with Trilogy and The Trampery; both of whom have a mission to create social value locally. UWS hopes to use its convening power to provide opportunities and make connections that benefit the people who live in its neighbourhood. Working in Tower Hamlets, an area of widespread deprivation, it is anticipated that the business incubator will help create long-lasting jobs, and drive economic growth within this community.

Locations

Tower Hamlets

Partners

Trilogy, The Trampery

More information about The Greenhouse

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

The Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF)

Brunel University London

The Hillingdon Literary Festival is a free weekend of readings, workshops, performances and debates aimed at Hillingdon residents of all ages, providing the community with the opportunity to engage with leading authors in the literary world.

Locations

Uxbridge, Hillingdon

Partners

Arts Council England, London Borough of Hillingdon, Waterstones

More information about The Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF)

Category: Communities

Training Nurses at NHS Nightingale Hospital

City, University of London

Leanne Aitken, Professor of Critical Care at City, University of London has supported and continues to support the education and training efforts of nurses at the newly developed ‘NHS Nightingale Hospital’ in East London.

Locations

NHS Nightingale Hospital

More information about Training Nurses at NHS Nightingale Hospital

Category: NHS / Health

West London Vice-Chancellors’ Roundtable

Brunel University London

West London Business convened a grouping of the seven West London Universities to come together to focus on working collaboratively to contribute to the economic, health, social and cultural wellbeing of the communities and region they serve. This forum meets regularly to oversee a series of workstreams focused on: Growth and Innovation; Civic agreements and Communications and; Social Mobility and Inclusion.

This has spawned a further network where the Vice Chancellors and Principals of all local FE Colleges meet to direct a range of sector-based skills forums enabling skills issues to be tackled across the whole range of skills requirements and education provision.

The group has enabled the Universities to play an active and central role in the recovery process and to contribute strongly to important initiatives such as the West London Build and Recover Plan and relevant economic task forces and skills bodies.

Individual projects have led to: the development of the West London Digital Creative Network; the development of a process for ensuring entrepreneurs can benefit from closer working relationships between incubators such as the CRL (Hayes) and Imperial (White City; the formation of a local procurement forum; a mechanism where Universities can gift unspent Apprenticeship Levy to local SMEs and; the formulation of a joint network of FE and HE providers to address skills issues in the region and to develop collaborative approaches to specific sector skills challenges and opportunities.

The group also intends to focus on: developing strong frameworks for skills development in the region and to aid the local community with attracting funding from central and local government; promoting and enhancing the support available to entrepreneurs and encouraging new business formation post-pandemic; working more closely to widen participation and raise aspiration and; collaboratively bidding for research funding and inward investment to encourage innovation and sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Locations

Across West London, including Barnet, Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham

Partners

Buckinghamshire New University; Imperial College London; Middlesex University London; Royal College of Art; University of West London; University of Westminster; West London Alliance; West London Business

More information about West London Vice-Chancellors’ Roundtable

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, NHS / Health

Working with Local Boroughs

Birkbeck, University of London

Newham’s motto is ‘Progress with the People’, a sentiment which Birkbeck has used in its approach. Activities have strong community involvement, are highly responsive to community needs, and are supported by both the local authority and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Birkbeck provides small-group skills workshops on CV-writing, writing applications and running community surveys.

Camden is the home of Birkbeck’s primary campus where the institution works with the local council to tie campus improvements to better opportunities for residents. A recent planning application included six scholarships and employing two construction industry apprentices from Camden on the project.

Locations

Newham; Camden

More information about Working with Local Boroughs

Category: Communities

Student Placements

CU London

CU London has worked extensively with local businesses and Barking and Dagenham Council to develop fruitful working relationships, and many of its students take part in placements, providing support to organisations such as Healthwatch and St Luke’s Hospice, as well as schools across the area including William Bellamy and Henry Green Primary Schools.

Locations

Barking and Dagenham

Partners

Barking and Dagenham Council, Healthwatch, St Luke's Hospice

More information about Student Placements

Category: Communities, Education, NHS / Health

Creative Enterprise Zone

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldmiths continues to contribute to the development of the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) network of Creative Enterprise Zones. In so doing, they inform the creative and digital strategies for the GLA and also for the borough of Lewisham.

 

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Trinity Laban, Lewisham College, Lewisham Council, The Albany

More information about Creative Enterprise Zone

Category: Business and Industry, Creative

Creative Sector Support

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is committed to working collectively with local partners to provide resources for the creative sector, including space, expertise and joint funding initiatives.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Lewisham College, The Albany, Trinity Laban, The Horniman Museum and Gardens

More information about Creative Sector Support

Category: Creative

Creative Skills Pathway

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is committed to strengthen the work of Lewisham’s Strategic Learning Partnership and Lewisham Education Arts Network to deliver a Creative Skills Pathway; understanding and breaking down the barriers to careers in the Creative Sector.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Trinity Laban, Lewisham College, Lewisham Council

More information about Creative Skills Pathway

Category: Creative, Education

Flagship Civic University Agreement

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmith’s Civic University Agreement sets out a shared vision and action plan agreed by twelve anchor institutions in the London Borough of Lewisham. Together they have identified the priority areas where they work together to improve the lives of those in the locality. The agreement focuses around four objectives:

• Educational Opportunities and Supporting Learning Aspiration
• Economic Prosperity, Jobs and Growth
• Culture, Health and Well-being
• Environmental Sustainability

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

The Albany, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, Lewisham College, Lewisham Council, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Lewisham Homes, Lewisham Local, Migration Musesum, Phoenix Community Housing, Trinity Laban, 999 Club

More information about Flagship Civic University Agreement

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

Goldsmiths’ Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldmiths is committed to enhancing the partnerships and collaborations to strengthen public and local community programmes of engagement, including the community outreach programme of the Goldsmiths’ Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Horniman Museum and Gardens, The Albany, Migration Museum, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

More information about Goldsmiths’ Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

Category: Creative

Partnership with Providence Row Housing Association

Coventry University London

A Homeless Action Week bake sale raised £1500 for Providence Row, and Coventry University London staff member Reece Turner raised £800 by completing the Tough Mudder. Several staff members also completed volunteering placements with the charity, volunteering with the music group, English classes, art group and the gardening scheme.

Partners

Providence Row

More information about Partnership with Providence Row Housing Association

Category: Communities

Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths was a key partner in the successful bid for Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022 and proposed a series of contributions reflecting the university’s central role in the borough’s cultural life for over 100 years. Goldsmiths is the borough’s lead partner for ‘In Living Memory’, a strand of activity celebrating Lewisham’s heritage and diversity.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Lewisham Council

More information about Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022

Category: Communities, Creative

The Lewisham Deal

Goldsmiths, University of London

The Lewisham Deal aims to bring significant benefits to the community and boost investment in small and medium-sized enterprises. It includes a focus on high-quality apprenticeships, promoting the Living Wage and additional investment in the local economy. Together these organisations employ thousands of people and spend hundreds of millions of pounds through procurement.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Lewisham Council, Lewisham Homes, Phoenix Community Housing, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Lewisham College.

More information about The Lewisham Deal

Category: Business and Industry

Made in Hayes

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University’s community of students and staff contributed to the regeneration project, Made in Hayes. Between 2012 and 2017, students delivered a range of art, architecture and design projects as part of a collection of public arts and architecture works for the Hayes area of London. Projects reflected on the estate’s civic life and explored the notion of a ‘town hall’ for the estate. They started with the construction of a mobile ‘Work Shop’ to explore social enterprise potentials. They also hosted a series of events and other one-to-one installations, which brought residents together and allowed them to get to know each other and participate in several new activities. Student proposals explored areas such as the canal area (which divides Hayes into two sides), looking into ways to utilise the space and introduce new public leisure activities, as well as bridging the divide between the two sides of Hayes. The inventive, innovative and creative proposals by students contributed to the attempts to regenerate Hayes – developing alternatives for community groups and spaces.

Locations

Hillingdon

More information about Made in Hayes

Category: Creative

Kingston Volunteering

Kingston University London

Since 2001 the Union of Kingston Students has run a successful volunteering scheme.
Open to all current students and staff, it provides opportunities to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular voluntary activities.

The majority of this activity takes place in the local community within the borough of Kingston upon Thames, but Kingston volunteers occasionally volunteers travel further afield to London and the surrounding areas. The volume, variety and quality of volunteer activity has gone from strength to strength. The scheme now sees around 300 active volunteers involved with 100 volunteering opportunities, contributing around 3,500 hours to the community each year.

The scheme gives volunteers the opportunity to work regularly in schools, charities and community groups. Funding and support is provided to students to set up their own community project, big or small with past examples including creating a cookery book for young carers and knitting hats for babies in Kingston Hospital’s special care unit.

Locations

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

More information about Kingston Volunteering

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

Kingston University London

Kingston University is in a rare position of being an urban university with a large amount of biodiversity on their campuses that it is committed to protecting and enhancing. The Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group is a vehicle for students, staff and  local community volunteers to work on a range of projects with the aim of protecting the biodiversity on and around the university campuses. As part of the Riverfly Monitoring Project students, staff and residents monitor the Hogsmill River to establish changes in river health and whether there have been acute pollution incidents. The Invasive Plants Project ensures that invasive species on Kingston University sites are managed and controlled to stop spread into the wild. These include the removal of Himalayan balsam around Knights Park and rhododendrons from Kingston Hill.

More information about Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

Category: Sustainability

Rose Theatre

Kingston University London

Kingston University was instrumental in bringing the Rose Theatre to Kingston and continues to offer it financial and artistic support.

Locations

Kingston upon Thames

Partners

Rose Theatre

More information about Rose Theatre

Category: Creative

The Projects Office

London Metropolitan University

Established in 2004 to provide professional support for students and staff from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, the Projects Office is a supportive, professional environment for students to develop and contribute to community projects. It favours projects with a clear social purpose and co-ordinates carefully chosen work placements. Many of these projects address challenges pertaining to the future of the city, including housing and climate change.

Locations

Across London, especially Tower Hamlets, City of London, Islington and Hackney.

More information about The Projects Office

Category: Communities, Creative, Sustainability

Town House

Kingston University London

Kingston University’s Town House has been named the winner of the 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize – confirming it as Britain’s best new building. Designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning Grafton Architects, the landmark building on the University’s Penrhyn Road campus received the highest accolade in UK architecture at a prestigious ceremony at Coventry Cathedral.

Opened in January 2020, Town House has proved a collaborative catalyst for the whole Kingston community and its impact can be felt across the Borough. The ambition was to create a sense of place and build a bridge between the University and its surroundings. The University wanted the building to be a civic beacon – a physical symbol of the importance of shared learning experiences and community in an increasingly digitised world. The new building does this admirably on a very practical level and also symbolically. Designed to be open access there are no barriers to access and the community can explore the building, use the cafes and library, view exhibitions and watch live performances.

Locations

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Partners

Grafton Architects, Willmott Dixon Construction

More information about Town House

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Uncovering Surbiton

Kingston University London

A group of Kingston University Museum and Gallery Studies MA students helped to create a Kingston Museum exhibition delving into the lives of the residents of Cleaveland Road in Surbiton. Residents recorded stories of treasured possessions, and together with items discovered on the street, this provided a rare insight in to the social, cultural and economic history of Surbiton.

Locations

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Partners

The Community Brain

More information about Uncovering Surbiton

Category: Communities

A Public Health Framework around Youth Knife Crime with Camden Council (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

Dr James Alexander, in partnership with Camden Council, to deliver a major project focused on youth safety. The project will assess the progress that has been made towards the recommendations made by the Council’s Youth Safety Task Force, which advocates for the recognition of youth knife crime as a public health issue.

The public health model recognises that many different factors affecting young people contribute to different behaviours. It also accepts that early intervention is vital to mitigate against the factors that make involvement in youth crime more likely, and for support to have a positive influence.

The recommendations made by the task force include promoting early help services to families including parent-led programmes, supporting police engagement with young people and finding ways to foster greater trust, and developing programmes to equip young people with the skills and resilience needed to make positive choices, with a focus on those moving from primary to secondary school.

Throughout the study, there will be a focus on understanding the role that race disproportionality plays in relation to youth safety within the borough.

Partners

Camden Council

More information about A Public Health Framework around Youth Knife Crime with Camden Council (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, Education

A Public Health Framework to Tackle Violence against Women and Girls (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

London Met’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) has been selected to develop the city of London’s next Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy.

CWASU developed the first VAWG strategy for the capital over a decade ago. This latest iteration takes a public health approach to tackling violence and abuse and is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

This  strategy will thus mark a significant and timely step change – it will consider whole systems and whole populations, rather than focusing on incident response.

Locations

pan-London

Partners

Greater London Authority

More information about A Public Health Framework to Tackle Violence against Women and Girls (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, Education

Charities & Social Enterprise Clinic

London Metropolitan University

London Met’s new ‘clinic’ for charities, social enterprises and the public sector  offers consultancy and business services to London-based voluntary organisations. The clinic builds on a long-standing connection between the University and London’s third sector – as well as significant current research and consultancy expertise. It also has a dynamic portfolio of courses associated with community development and social enterprise and the clinic provides a focus for bringing organisations into contact with London Met students, who work though the clinic to help you develop organisations. The clinic offers both free and paid-for services to charities and social enterprises in a number of different areas such as: strategic planning, community engagement and development, trustee board development and membership, financial management fundraising, policy and procedure development, marketing and communications, research collaboration, monitoring and evaluation, volunteering food safety, and art/architecture projects.

Locations

Across North London

Partners

Numerous Charities

More information about Charities & Social Enterprise Clinic

Category: Communities, Creative, Sustainability

Injury & Rehabilitation Clinic

London Metropolitan University

Based in the Science Centre in N7, London Metropolitan University’s Injury and Rehabilitation Clinic offers high quality but affordable services to give back to the London community. It provides examination, assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries as well as treatment and rehabilitation. Additionally, it offers fitness services such as screening, biomechanical and physiological analysis.
The Injury and Rehabilitation Clinic is run by graduate sports therapists on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is also an option to see Tuesdays and Thursdays (term-time only). London Met’s sports therapists help to: reduce pain, align posture, prevent injuries, treat injuries, recover faster.

They provide hands-on treatment such as manual therapy, massage and joint mobilisations to help reduce muscle tension and improve joint mobility. Planned rehabilitation exercises helping patients with daily movement patterns or peak to perform at an elite sporting level.

Partners

GP Federation Islington, NCL NHS

More information about Injury & Rehabilitation Clinic

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Small Business Clinic

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University  offers free business services via its brand-new Small Business Clinic to London and UK-based companies, new enterprises, sole traders and start-ups, where its dedicated and entrepreneurial students work with and for clients to develop and enhance businesses, supervised by one of London Met’s academic tutors. It offers free services to small businesses in a number of different areas such as: business, marketing and management, food science and food start-ups, and data analytics and digital media.

Locations

Across Islington and Tower Hamlets and Hackney

Partners

Numerous Businesses

More information about Small Business Clinic

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Lambeth: Better supporting LGBTQI+ communities through Covid-19 (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

A unique new study that examines the experience of LGBTQI+ residents in Lambeth has revealed how the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts have eroded support networks, negatively impacted on people’s health and left community member’s isolated.

Partners

Lambeth Council, Black Thrive, Black Out, Lambeth Links and Opening Doors London.

More information about Lambeth: Better supporting LGBTQI+ communities through Covid-19 (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, Education

Fight Against Covid-19 (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

London Met scientists were, and continue to be, regularly consulted by governments and agencies for comment and advice, whether on the question of how hardy the virus is on external surfaces, such as banknotes, to the best vitamins for the older generations to take in order to give their bodies the best chance of combatting the virus’ effects.

The London Met psychology team has commented on managing mental health during isolation within media channels including national press. Others are volunteering to support local communities, mental health charities and other agencies in an effort to relieve the crisis. London Met also donated food to local foodbanks, as well as PPE from the Science Centre and sewing protective masks.

PhD students volunteered in a hospital lab and London Met has looked at Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Distancing in North London. The Widening Participation and Outreach team at London Met has organised a series of engaging online activities to help young people progress into HE, which work in tandem with a new national project launched by the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan.

Locations

Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets

Partners

NHS, GP Federation, Whittington Hospital

More information about Fight Against Covid-19 (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Law Pro-Bono Advice Clinic

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University’s School of Law is pleased to offer free initial legal advice to the general public via its online law pro bono clinic, where law students work on members of the public’s cases, supervised by an expert qualified solicitor.

The service is available in the three key areas of consumer law, employment law and housing law.
If citizens have any non-urgent problems of this nature, they can contact the clinic, and London Met students are happy to research the case and offer free guidance.

All advice is confidential and is given in writing, usually within a two-week time frame. If the matter is too complex for the students to deal with, the supervising solicitor will offer advice on gaining professional representation elsewhere.

This service is offered both to empower members of the local community in enforcing their rights, and also to provide vital experience to our excellent students, as they train to become practising lawyers.

Locations

Across North London

Partners

Law Centre Islington, Toynbee Hall

More information about Law Pro-Bono Advice Clinic

Category: Communities, Education

Partnership with the Liliesleaf Trust UK (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

London Met is proud to announce its new strategic partnership with the Liliesleaf Trust UK (TLTU), a charity working to advance public knowledge of the international movement against apartheid and the contemporary relevance of learning from this heritage, particularly within anti-racist and social justice focused missions.

Through this exciting new partnership, TLTU will support research taking place at London Met with access to the lived experience of the movement against apartheid from within the Trust’s board, advisory groups and networks’ archival materials. The Trust will also offer work-based learning and volunteering opportunities to students and co-create a shared programme of arts and curatorial-based community engagement activities.

In turn, London Met will provide access to relevant academics and research centres linked to TLTU’s work, and will also work with the Centre as an official London Met Lab: Empowering London partner, empowering local communities and addressing social issues.

Partners

Liliesleaf Trust UK

More information about Partnership with the Liliesleaf Trust UK (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, Education

A New Partnership to Help Young People Back into Work (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

Hackney Council and London Metropolitan University have formed a partnership to offer a range of programmes to improve employment opportunities for students across the borough.

The partnership forms part of a long-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the work to rebuild an inclusive economy to help Hackney residents into work during and after this difficult time.

By working together the two organisations will co-design solutions particularly among groups facing employment disadvantage by bringing high-quality education, training and paid work to the borough.

Partners

Hackney Council

More information about A New Partnership to Help Young People Back into Work (London Met Lab project)

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Education

London Met Lab

London Metropolitan University

London is the greatest city in the world, but while Londoners enjoy some of the highest standards of living anywhere in the world for many others in the capital it is a different story.

Through civic engagement work, London Met is on a mission to tackle the inequalities facing London, to improve people’s lives and to deliver social justice. The London Met Lab brings academic expertise to co-design solutions to the social challenges which disproportionately affect local communities. London Met Challenge Champions undertake research projects, provide practical support and share their expertise so that together, we can find new and innovative ways to respond to the needs of the city in six crucial areas; Crime, Poverty and Deprivation, Social Wealth, Discrimination, Health Improvement, and the Environment. The London Met Lab works with over 600 partner organisations, including local authorities, NHS Trusts, sports clubs, third sector organisations, higher education institutions and businesses.

There are many examples of completed and ongoing projects across London, which can be found as individual case studies on this Civic Map.

Locations

Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham

Partners

GLA, Over 20 London Borough Councils, The Metropolitan Police, North East London Social Work Teaching Partnership, Youth Justice Board, Small Businesses Charter, Over 10 local NHS Trusts

More information about London Met Lab

Category: Communities, NHS / Health, Sustainability

London Met Students help Waltham Forest College with COVID Testing (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

London Met students have joined forces with Waltham Forest College to help them run their rapid-testing centre for COVID-19, to minimise the risk of spreading the disease. Waltham Forest currently has the third-highest number of recorded cases of coronavirus of London’s boroughs, following Newham and Redbridge.

Partners

Waltham Forest College

More information about London Met Students help Waltham Forest College with COVID Testing (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Planting Trees to Promote Sustainable Building (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

Students and staff from London Met annually plant 420 trees at Tower Hamlets’ Mudchute City Farm, using saplings acquired as part of the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for Schools and Communities scheme.

Locations

Mudchute City Farm

Partners

Mudchute City Farm

More information about Planting Trees to Promote Sustainable Building (London Met Lab project)

Category: Sustainability

Rollin’ with The Punches (London Met Lab project)

London Metropolitan University

Fight 4 Change has recently launched Rollin’ with the Punches, a boxing-based mental health intervention, partnering with London Metropolitan University including conducting associated research.

 

Partners

Fight 4 Change

More information about Rollin’ with The Punches (London Met Lab project)

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

GCSE Maths Tutoring with TeamUp and Partner Schools

London School of Economics and Political Science

In 2020/21, the LSE WP Team redesigned its existing tutoring programme for its two partner schools – Barking Abbey School and Harris Academy St Johns Wood. This programme was designed in response to the pandemic which has exacerbated the attainment gap in state schools meaning that some pupils have fallen behind, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The programme attempted to address this and support students who need help due to school closures and other disruptions to their education. The tutoring focused on improving the GCSE Maths grades of participating Year 10 and 11 students, most of whom were eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Team Up is an educational charity that aims to ‘tackle educational disadvantage’. Team Up worked with the schools to identify students most at risk of not achieving their full academic potential. In one school, comparison of a baseline and progress test revealed pupils made on average 1.4 grades of progress. Anecdotal feedback from staff, tutors and schools pupils was overwhelmingly positive.

Anthony Maloney, Head of Sixth Form at Barking Abbey School commented: “The tutoring project with LSE has offered our students much needed stability and security in these uncertain and difficult times to strengthen their mathematical concept comprehension and develop areas of weakness. The personalised nature of this platform has provided our Year 11s with the reassurance and resilience to persist with their mathematical studies with renewed vigour and confidence. This post lockdown forum has provided just the remedy they needed!” The LSE WP Team will continue to partner with Barking Abbey and Harry Academy St Johns Wood in 2021/22. After the success of the pilot year of LSE and Team Ups partnership, planning is underway to deliver two, in person, Maths Tutoring programmes to our London partner schools from January 2022.

 

Locations

Barking and Dagenham, City of Westminster

Partners

Team Up; London Partner Schools.

More information about GCSE Maths Tutoring with TeamUp and Partner Schools

Category: Communities, Education

Informing Social Care Policy in London during the Pandemic

London School of Economics and Political Science

CPEC’s Jose-Luis Fernandez led research for the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to support London’s assessment of and response to Covid-19 impacts on social care. This led to daily evidence from the London social care community and bed-based care market, which identified Covid-19 risk-factors and impacts on the care workforce. CPEC also contributed to a pan-London projections model for assessing the likely capacity of the social care sector to meet the demand for support from patients discharged from London hospitals.

 

Locations

Across London - 1,300+ care homes and 1,100+ home care providers

Partners

London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

More information about Informing Social Care Policy in London during the Pandemic

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, NHS / Health

IntoUniversity Brent Centre and LSE Widening Participation Partnership

London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE has been funding the Primary FOCUS programme in Brent since September 2018. As well as providing funding to support the costs of the programme, LSE has worked closely with the IntoUniveristy staff team to support the delivery of the programme. Pre COVID-19, this included hosting visits to the University for graduations and providing Student Ambassadors to support in workshops and give campus tours. During the pandemic, LSE Student Ambassadors have continued to support sessions remotely through virtual Q&As. Through the partnership, the Brent team has also been put in in touch with LSE academics who have volunteered to co-create and lead workshops during Primary FOCUS weeks. IntoUniversity are an educational charity, providing local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre, IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
As a result of this partnership, the LSE has engaged with hundreds of Primary School Students in Years 5 and 6 over a number of years.

Pre COVID-19, graduations on campus also provided an opportunity for parents and carers to attend. LSE are continuing to support IntoUniversity by providing funding for their Brent Centre’s Primary FOCUS programme during 2021/22. In addition, LSE promotes volunteering opportunities at IntoUniversity centres to current LSE students and staff and provides remote support at Q&A sessions for Year 5 and 6 students on their programmes.

 

Locations

Brent

Partners

IntoUniversity; LSE Widening Participation Partnership

More information about IntoUniversity Brent Centre and LSE Widening Participation Partnership

Category: Communities, Education

Islington Civic University/Anchor Institution Agreement

London Metropolitan University

London Met is in the final stages of agreeing the Islington Civic University/Anchor Institution Agreement – a new anchor institution network for Islington, bringing together like-minded, locally rooted organisations to help build a fairer and more inclusive borough.

It sets out ideas that could form the basis for a network and a set of shared ambitions and targets.  So far this has already meant:

  • The creation Health and Social Care Academy, which has brought an increasing number of local partners together to shape and own a cross-organisational employment strategy delivering 100+ new jobs per annum & apprenticeships, as well as developing pilot projects to retain more adult social care expenditure within the local economy and exploring new opportunities on the net zero carbon agenda.
  • The London Living Wage Action Group, which has helped secure LLW Place Accreditation for the borough bringing together a strong cross-sectoral platform of businesses and organisations committed to promoting fair pay and good work for local residents.
  • Businesses for Islington Giving Alliance (BIG Alliance) was set up in June 2012 by Islington Giving, Macquarie Group and the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) to strengthen links between businesses and community organisations and educational institutions across Islington, supporting meaningful community investments for businesses involved in doing good.

Anchor institutions deliver against four roles: (i) as an employer – adopting progressive policies on recruitment, pay & conditions and careers to fully harness the talents of our local workforce and future generations; (ii) as a purchaser – actively supporting existing and emerging local businesses to deliver affordable, quality goods and services thereby maximising local social value and wealth creation; (iii) as a landlord and asset manager – managing and developing buildings and spaces to create more accessible, sustainable and better places and; (iv) as a leader – committing to a shared ambition for Islington and embedding these values into day to day activity to ensure they make a difference.

 

Locations

Islington

Partners

Islington Council, City University, City & Islington College, Whittington Hospital, Peabody Trust, more adding soon

More information about Islington Civic University/Anchor Institution Agreement

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Education

Journeys to Democratic Engagement on Climate Issues

London School of Economics and Political Science

An LSE Public Research Partners project supported by the LSE Student Futures experiential learning initiative, it involved six undergraduates in a research collaboration with the NGO, Hope For The Future (HFTF), through the Department of Government’s Contemporary Political Theory course module.

The project’s premise was that for political leaders in a democratic system to take meaningful public action on climate issues, ordinary citizens must engage in democratic processes in sustained ways rather than simply as a brief experiment. This study therefore sought to learn more about how to encourage such sustained involvement by interviewing people who had taken part in HFTF’s training activities about how to communicate as citizens with their MPs on climate issues. Student interviewed 18 participants about what experiences, ideas and values had motivated them to become involved with HFTF and climate advocacy.

Through this research, HFTF has been able to enrich its constituent training activities, especially through creating more opportunities for participants to experience a sense of community with one another in their democratic engagement efforts. LSE students offered concrete recommendations in this regard that HFTF has taken up and is implementing.

A new LSE Public Research Partners project with HFTF is being planned as part of the same course module in the new year (2022). This new research will involve students interviewing local councillors in London and other councils in the UK to find out what actions on climate issues these officials can take and what factors are most significant in motivating such action.

Partners

Hope For The Future

More information about Journeys to Democratic Engagement on Climate Issues

Category: Communities, Sustainability

LSE Community Engagement Programme 2021

London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE created 7 teams, each with 7 students, working with 7 partner charities. Each team acted as voluntary consultants exploring an issue the charity was facing and providing a set of recommendations. They also did personal and group reflections on the experience. The project was aimed at students who had done little, or no, volunteering before.

The charities received reports based on the issue they were facing and fedback that this would inform their work going forward. The students reported that they have a better understanding of the issue and were more likely to volunteer and engage in other civic activity in future.

‘Sparky’, ‘intelligent’, ‘warm’, ‘hardworking’, ‘independent’, ‘not afraid of thinking innovatively or asking us the tough questions’, ‘professional’, ‘dedicated’, ‘enthusiastic’, ‘thoughtful’ and ‘fantastic’ were some of the words which the charities used to describe the LSE volunteers.

LSE is expanding the Community Engagement Programme to 9 charities in 2022.

Locations

Pan-London, including Islington

Partners

Age UK Islington, CARE International, Centrepoint, City Year UK, CoachBright, SGS Students' Program and St Mungo's.

More information about LSE Community Engagement Programme 2021

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Migrant Night Workers in the UK: Imagining a Nocturnal Commons

London School of Economics and Political Science

Migrant Night Workers in the UK: Imagining a Nocturnal Commons. This LSE Public Research Partners project, supported by the LSE Student Futures experiential learning initiative, involved seven undergraduates in a research collaboration with NGO and independent think-tank, Autonomy. This was organised through the Department of Government’s course module, Contemporary Political Theory (GV262).

Autonomy has a research project underway that explores the needs and predicaments of people who work nights, such as delivery riders, under circumstances where it is typically difficult to access daytime infrastructures for family and personal care. Students sought to enhance the knowledge base for this research by reviewing prior academic studies of migrant night workers in the UK in selected occupational fields. Students thereby identified the primary problems these workers face and the services that it would be most useful for municipal centres for night-time workers to provide.

Autonomy is based in London and has used the students’ research in the process of developing a proposal to the Greater London Authority for creating centres to help meet the needs of night workers, ensuring that the distinctive needs of migrants would be addressed in such centres.

A new LSE Public Research Partners project with Autonomy is being planned as part of the same course module to be run again next term (January 2022). This new research will involve students in interviewing people who earn wages as ‘click workers’, performing online tasks that contribute to artificial intelligence services’ learning processes, about their working conditions. Among other factors, students will inquire into the times of day or night and the physical/spatial conditions under which this work is typically done.

Locations

City of Westminster

Partners

Autonomy

More information about Migrant Night Workers in the UK: Imagining a Nocturnal Commons

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Specialised Research to Support Evidence-based Policy Formation

London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE invests in specialised research expertise in areas including housing, city planning, and social inclusion to support the development of evidence-based policy promoting growth in London. This research is concentrated particularly in LSE London, LSE Housing and Communities and the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). Much of it is commissioned by and/or jointly conducted with and for civil society and policy groups, and co-production of research with policy-makers and practitioners is an important part of LSE’s approach. LSE London and LSE Housing and Communities work with end-users including think tanks, local authority institutions, professional organisations, London housing associations and social housing residents.

 

Locations

Pan-London, including Islington

Partners

GLA, Centre for London, London Councils, RICS, RTPI, TCPA, Academy of Urbanism

More information about Specialised Research to Support Evidence-based Policy Formation

Category: Communities

STEM Ambassadors

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to supporting science, maths and social science-related learning at schools and colleges. It has a growing community of staff and research degree students who are STEM Ambassadors and regularly give workshops related to their research as well as discuss their career paths with pupils.

Locations

Camden, Westminster and Islington

Partners

STEM Learning

More information about STEM Ambassadors

Category: Education

Biodiversity on Campus

Middlesex University London

Working in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust, Middlesex University has developed a rolling annual biodiversity action plan and is working to enhance biodiversity in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet measuring success through an Annual Bio Blitz. Green walls and green roofs across campus, beehives on the roof of the Grove building, a relaxed mowing schedule and refurbishment of the pond in Church Farm House Museum garden all help to enhance the biodiversity on campus. They also helped one of their students to install two hedgehog boxes on site – Middlesex is now a hedgehog friendly campus.

The ongoing project has seen the:
– creation of two large wildflower areas;
– planting of a native hedgerow;
– planting of thousands of native bubs in a woodland walk way;
– relaxed mowing in selected areas of the campus;
– development of plans for a community orchard;
– Students Union garden and associated facilities; and
– plan for the enhancement of Hendon Grove.

Locations

Barnet

Partners

London Wildlife Trust; Students Union, London Borough of Barnet, Mark Walker Ltd

More information about Biodiversity on Campus

Category: Communities, Sustainability

Connected Campus for Creative Industries

Middlesex University London

The Connected Campus for Creative Industries initiative is a joint academia-industry initiative between Middlesex University and Film London. Beginning with film industries, the project is to create a blueprint for other creative industries, informing and leading the way in collaboration between academia and industry – ensuring that graduates gain highly-valued skills and experiences. This initiative is creating the JoDo Platform: an online, on-demand, resource platform for students, lecturers, support staff and employees in the screen industries. The platform includes behind-the-scenes case studies and insights into the screen industries as well as contact on subjects ranging from engineering and construction to business and finance. With the support of industry organisations and practitioners, the JoDo platform seeks to grow and further establish itself as the go-to platform for the screen industry sector – both within academia, and industry itself.

Locations

Barnet; Islington

Partners

Film London

More information about Connected Campus for Creative Industries

Category: Creative

Covid Inequalities and Vaccine Equity

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Working closely with health care providers and local organisations, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is looking at the social, political and economic dynamics which shaped health inequalities during and prior to Covid-19, and the way in which these dynamics are influencing Covid-19 vaccine uptake. The ultimate goal is to support vaccine equity – and health equity more broadly – now, and in the future.

Locations

Ealing

Partners

London Borough of Ealing; Institute of Development Studies, Sussex

More information about Covid Inequalities and Vaccine Equity

Category: NHS / Health

Covid-19 and Creative Clusters

Loughborough University London

This Loughborough University London project investigates the impact of, and recovery from, the Covid-19 virus on the creative business community in and around Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park in East London. The Hackney Wick/Olympic Park cluster brings together small and micro-creative businesses with large and significant creative employers (such as BT Sport and Sadler’s Wells Theatre) in a very small physical footprint. It is also home to Loughborough University London, and parts of UCL.

Working with businesses and community partners over a 12 month period from September 2020, the project assessed changing practices and business models, and attitudes to future prospects and growth, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It was led by a steering group of local partners, bringing together a network of national and regional advisors specialising in creative cluster development.

Locations

Hackney, Tower Hamlets

Partners

GLA; London Legacy Development Corporation; Hackney Wick CEZ

More information about Covid-19 and Creative Clusters

Category: Business and Industry, Creative

Covid-19 Vaccination Training

Middlesex University London

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, members of Middlesex’s Adult, Child and Midwifery Department provided educational support through training and assessing the competency of around 2400 vaccinators for the NHS North Central London area, covering Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Haringey. In recognition of their work to support Barnet in the face of the pandemic, Middlesex University received Barnet Council’s 2021 ‘COVID-19 Community Heroes Award’.

Locations

Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Haringey

Partners

North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

More information about Covid-19 Vaccination Training

Category: Education, NHS / Health

East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone

Loughborough University London

Loughborough University London is a partner of the East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone (ELIEZ). ELIEZ is an accessible, specially designed, community for entrepreneurs, business leaders and design thinkers who are disabled or whose work focuses on disabled people. It helps accelerate the development of products and services that address unmet needs and on focused on generating accessible inclusive and innovative practices from idea stage through to global deployment.

ELIEZ is now a thriving community of disruptive start-ups, innovators, and disabled entrepreneurs developing products and services that are addressing previously unmet needs. Together, we are endeavouring to radically change inclusive innovation and accessibility sectors.

Locations

Hackney

Partners

Loughborough University, UCL, Plexal, Here East, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Disability Rights UK, Capital Enterprise, Greater London Authority, London College of Fashion, UAL, Hackney Council, Ford Mobility, Inclusion London, and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

More information about East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone

Category: Business and Industry, NHS / Health

Hackney and Greater London Selective Licensing Schemes for Private Rented Housing Sector

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Local authorities have discretionary powers to implement selective licensing schemes. Under these schemes, landlords of private rented homes in designated areas must pay the authority a license fee, which contributes to a local authority inspection scheme. Inspections are intended to identify homes that do not meet minimum standards and compel landlords to carry out improvement work to remove environmental household hazards. LSHTM are currently co-producing an in-depth study of one ongoing scheme in Hackney, alongside the Borough of Hackney. They are also using routine data to assess impact on mental health and wellbeing of a number of schemes across greater London, and findings will be fed back to relevant local authorities.

Locations

Hackney

Partners

London Public Health and Housing Network; NIHR School for Public Health Research

More information about Hackney and Greater London Selective Licensing Schemes for Private Rented Housing Sector

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Local Authority Alcohol Interventions: Cumulative Impact Policy

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

LSHTM has evaluated and found some evidence of impacts of Islington’s Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP). CIPs increase the powers of local licensing committees to reject applications for licensed premises selling alcohol. They can impact the types of premise allowed to operate in an area, while preventing premise or premise-type considered problematic by the local authority.

Pliakas, T.; Egan, M.; Gibbons, J. ; Ashton, C. ; Hart, J. ; Lock, K.; Increasing powers to reject licenses to sell alcohol: Impacts on availability, sales and behavioural outcomes from a novel natural experiment evaluation. Preventive medicine, (2018).116, DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.09.010.

Locations

Islington

Partners

NIHR School for Public Health Research

More information about Local Authority Alcohol Interventions: Cumulative Impact Policy

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, NHS / Health

Response to the Greater London Authority’s Health Inequalities Strategy Consultation

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

LSHTM responded to the Greater London Authority’s Health Inequalities Strategy consultation, including a half day meeting with GLA representatives, UCL guests and LSHTM colleagues. It also held Improving Health London-wide – an event showcasing LSHTM research in London.

Locations

Camden

Partners

GLA; UCL

More information about Response to the Greater London Authority’s Health Inequalities Strategy Consultation

Category: Business and Industry, NHS / Health

Supporting London’s Clinical and Public Health Services

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Many of LSHTM’s clinical academics work in the NHS in London, for example at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases; UCLH; St Mary’s Hospital; St George’s Hospital; and the Central and North West London Foundation Trust. Other members of staff work as general practitioners and public health physicians. LSHTM are also part of UCL Partners, an academic health science centre located in London – it is the largest such health science in the world, treating more than 1.5 million patients per year. It has an annual turnover of approximately £2 billion and includes around 3,500 scientists, senior researchers and consultants.

Locations

Camden

Partners

London Hospitals; UCL Partners

More information about Supporting London’s Clinical and Public Health Services

Category: Business and Industry, NHS / Health

Centre of the Cell

Queen Mary University of London

Centre of the Cell is a science education centre based at the Whitechapel Campus of Queen Mary, University of London which opened in 2009. It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories. It seeks to have a positive impact on the educational, career and health choices of the children, young people and families with whom it works. Centre of the Cell is an online resource, a science and health education centre and outreach project. The team runs educational sessions in the Centre of the Cell STEM Pod supported by workshops, mentoring and revision programmes, online resources and volunteering opportunities.

The project aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals by stimulating interest and dialogue around health research.

 

Locations

Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets

Partners

Local schools from across east London, and hosts a Youth Membership Scheme for young people aged 14-19.

More information about Centre of the Cell

Category: Communities, Education, NHS / Health

Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL)

Queen Mary University of London

CHILL is a research study at Queen Mary, University of London, which aims to find out whether reducing air pollution from traffic is good for children’s health. It is interested in whether interventions to reduce air pollution can improve children’s lung growth and respiratory symptoms, activity levels and brain function. It is also interested in whether exposure to air pollution in childhood leaves markers on genes that reflect pollution levels over time. Students are assessed once a year for up to four years.

The project is ongoing but aims to influence air pollution policies in London and find evidence of the health benefits of reducing air pollution (i.e. the Ultra Low Emission Zone) for children.

 

Locations

Pan-London, Luton

Partners

3,300 primary school students across 44 London and 41 Luton schools.

More information about Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL)

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Community Connections Grants

Queen Mary University of London

After making the difficult decision not to hold the Festival of Communities during Covid-19, Queen Mary provided an alternative opportunity for staff and students to develop and sustain relationships with local residents and community groups through the Community Connections grant scheme.

The Community Connections grant scheme is designed to enable those at Queen Mary to create/adapt activities which bring people together: generating conversations around these shared experiences within local communities.

Funding of up to £500 per Queen Mary project was available to create new or adapt existing engagement activities. These activities could be in response to a community need, a desire to bring neighbours in a building/street together to share an experience, or planning for a celebratory event when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

The scheme funded 19 varied and exciting activities engaging residents across Tower Hamlets and east London over the summer months. These included sports camps, domestic violence prevention advocacy work, cooking clubs and the SEEDS (Sowing Empowering and Engaging Discussions on Substances) project.

 

Locations

Tower Hamlets

More information about Community Connections Grants

Category: Communities

East London Genes & Health

Queen Mary University of London

Genes & Health is one of the world’s largest community-based genetics studies, aiming to improve health among people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage by analysing the genes and health of 100,000 local people. There are studies in East London, Bradford and Manchester.

The study is ongoing, but aims to improve understanding of link between genetics and health from the perspective of Bangladeshi and Pakistani populations.

 

Locations

Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge

Partners

Social Action for Health, Centre of the Cell, Barts NHS Trust, UCL Partners

More information about East London Genes & Health

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Festival of Communities

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London launched this festival in 2015 for Tower Hamlets to bring together QMUL staff and students with local families to celebrate life in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The two-day festival is now attended by around 3,500 local residents each year.

The individuals and teams who have been involved in the Festival of Communities is extremely diverse, reflecting the collaborative nature of the event. Staff and students from within Queen Mary have been pivotal in Festival provision. On each day of the Festival, 25 teams from Queen Mary have provided activities for visitors to engage with, 20 PhD students have been involved in operations of the Festival as Festival Crew, and 5 PhD students have been responsible for Festival evaluations. Additionally, 11 other Queen Mary teams have been involved in Festival operations (Venues, Catering, Cleaning and Waste, Portering, Security, Estates Projects, Design and Branding, Marketing and Communications, Students’ Union, Residences, Events).

Externally, there were five representatives from local organisations and projects who worked as Festival Advisors throughout the year and a local social enterprise was responsible for event management and construction of the Festival site in Stepney Green Park. The Festival also had activities from 35 local organisations and projects to engage with visitors.

 

Locations

Tower Hamlets (Stepney Green Park and QM Mile End Campus)

More information about Festival of Communities

Category: Communities

Fight Against Covid-19

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary has undertaken a wide range of activities to support the local community in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes:

• Releasing clinical staff from their academic duties to take up roles in local NHS trusts.
• Training final year medical students to offer immediate frontline support to doctors and nurses in adult critical care wards at the Royal London Hospital before graduating.
• Donating PPE equipment used the university’s research laboratories to a local hospice and a community group involved in providing meals to older residents in Tower Hamlets.
• Making parking spaces on our campuses available for local NHS workers.
• Offering accommodation vacated by students to the NHS and Tower Hamlets Council.
• Offering free hot and chilled meals for local families and homeless organisations during school holiday periods.
• Encouraging and enabling Queen Mary staff and students to volunteer in their local communities through mutual aid initiatives, local authority opportunities and supporting community groups.

Locations

Tower Hamlets

Partners

NHS Trusts; Royal London Hospital; Testing Alliance

More information about Fight Against Covid-19

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

London City Institute of Technology

Queen Mary University of London

The London City Institute of Technology (LCIT) is one of only 12 bids in the UK to be awarded provisional IOT status by Department for Education and plans to open in September 2022. The LCIT is a partnership between Queen Mary University of London & Newham College of Further Education, with support from key employers, Greater London Area and the London Borough of Newham. It will focus on supporting young people with high-level skills and provide employers with the workforce they’re looking for in the transport industry.

 

Locations

Newham

Partners

Newham College of Further Education, Greater London Authority

More information about London City Institute of Technology

Category: Business and Industry, Education

PPE for the NHS

Middlesex University London

Middlesex used four laser cutters on their campus to produce visor straps, which were then attached to plastic sheets to create visors for NHS workers. Middlesex were able to make up to 13,000 visors a week, which were collected every two days. The NHS’s sole cost was for the materials, and Middlesex said it would provide the PPE for as long as there was a need.

Locations

Barnet

More information about PPE for the NHS

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Queen Mary Arts & Culture Support Centre

Queen Mary University of London

The arts and cultural sectors are facing huge challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. Queen Mary, University of London is keen to help.  Its Arts & Culture Support Centre is pleased to announce a series of new initiatives to support people working in the arts including health and wellbeing events, research and reports, online advice and one to one support.

Locations

Tower Hamlets; Hackney

Partners

Something To Aim For (STAF)

More information about Queen Mary Arts & Culture Support Centre

Category: Creative, NHS / Health

Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC)

Queen Mary University of London

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC) provides a free, accessible, client-centred advice service to the public. Acting as a first-tier advice agency, the centre provides preliminary advice on the strength of a client’s case, the processes to be followed, and an explanation of complex legal issues. The LAC has two central aims: educating students, and engaging and supporting the community through the provision of pro bono legal advice.

These aims are achieved by providing students with the opportunity to learn legal and non-legal skills through clinical based teaching, learning, and experiences, ensuring students understand the value, importance and impact of pro bono work for the community and themselves and striving for every individual to be able to access justice.

In addition to the regular advice appointments provided, the LAC also runs a number of community projects aiming to promote and encourage the active engagement of students with the local community.

Since its opening in 2006 the Centre has advised over 1481 clients. In 2018-19 the Centre had over 100 student volunteers working across various projects as well as over 100 volunteer barristers and solicitors. The LAC provides an estimated £1 million of in-kind legal support annually. In the 2019/20 academic year, the LAC held 292 client appointments (3,175 since opening in 2006) and secured £65,475 of Social Welfare Benefits for clients.

Locations

Tower Hamlets

Partners

Members of the community, students, volunteer barristers; also primary and secondary school students and teachers

More information about Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC)

Category: Communities

Season of Bangla Drama

Queen Mary University of London

A collaboration between Queen Mary School of Drama and Tower Hamlets Council, supporting an annual Festival showcasing British-Bengali theatre, with a special focus on east London. The Festival has run for the last 18 years and the School of Drama hopes to continue to work with Tower Hamlets Council each year.
The festival celebrates the arts and cultural heritage of east London and builds trust between the local Bengali community and QMUL, particularly in 2021, with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence.

Locations

Brady Arts Centre (BAC) 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU Kobi Nazrul Centre 30 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR Poplar Union (PU) 2 Cotall Street, E14 6TL Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Mile End Road, E1 4NS Rich Mix (RM) 5-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Space Theatre (ST) 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS

Partners

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

More information about Season of Bangla Drama

Category: Communities, Creative

Outreach at Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne collaborates extensively with a number of organizations, the main of which is Aimhigher London, to focus on targeting activities to those groups where there are the greatest inequalities. Through Aimhigher, Ravensbourne participates in Uni Connect and the Learner Progression Programme (LPP), as well as a number of discrete activities targeted at specific student groups.
Work with NCOP and LPP focuses on targeting students that are first generation learners, from areas with the highest deprivation (low index of multiple deprivation (IMD) scores and POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2), high attainers from disadvantaged backgrounds, BAME students, White working-class students, and SEND and LAC learners. Activities specifically targeted high attainers from disadvantaged backgrounds, and SEND and LAC learners.

Locations

Greenwich

Partners

Aimhigher

More information about Outreach at Ravensbourne

Category: Education

Bringing Music to Londoners

Royal Academy of Music

Partnerships with festivals, concert series and recording labels throughout the world give students platforms to reach wider audiences and make professional connections for their careers. London audiences flock to the Royal Academy of Music’s famous site on the Marylebone Road and follow them in over 500 concerts and events per year, the majority of which are free. Plans for its third century include an ambitious scheme to expand the Junior Department and offer opportunities to talented young musicians from backgrounds previously under-represented in the institution and across the sector.

Locations

City of Westminster

More information about Bringing Music to Londoners

Category: Communities, Creative

Make It Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne University London invests heavily in creative outreach programmes, for both school children and adults, to help inspire people in south-east London to realise their creative potential. Make it Ravensbourne is the progression programme to support young people aged 14+ to access creative education and careers. Across the Autumn, Spring and Summer there are a number of free workshops in creative and digital skills, holiday schools and 1-1 opportunities.

Locations

Greenwich

More information about Make It Ravensbourne

Category: Communities, Creative

Mudlarks Project

Royal College of Art

Local primary schools were partnered with organisations in the borough who provided a different approach to thinking about our environment, to raise awareness and influence local change in environmental practices. Five students from the Royal College of Art School of Communication worked with lecturer Laura Gordon to design and deliver workshop sessions for Year 4 pupils. They co-produced a beautiful calendar which gave daily tips about how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic.

Locations

Hammersmith & Fulham; Kensington and Chelsea; City of Westminster

Partners

Urbanwise

More information about Mudlarks Project

Category: Education, Sustainability

New Creative and Performing Arts Provision

Rose Bruford College

In partnership with Lewisham College, these courses include skills to build a career in the arts and the opportunity to apply for a degree or foundation course at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and apprenticeships or entry-level jobs in the creative sectors once students have completed the year’s course.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

Lewisham College

More information about New Creative and Performing Arts Provision

Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Open Academy

Royal Academy of Music

Open Academy works closely with artistic and community partners, offering opportunities for students and project participants to explore making music together. Projects include workshops with children and young people in mainstream schools and special educational needs and disability (SEND) settings, disabled people, those receiving treatment in hospitals, residents and staff of care homes, and people attending day centres. All projects are led and supported by skilled professionals, ensuring a high quality of experience for everyone involved and giving our students the chance to develop their musicianship, skills and confidence in a wide variety of contexts. Open Academy projects enable everyone to make connections with people from all walks of life, and to reflect upon the contribution musicians can make to society through their artistry and some of the ways in which that artistry can find its meaning and purpose in the world.

Locations

Camden; City of Westminster; Kensington and Chelsea; Hammersmith and Fulham

Partners

Camden Music Hub; Tri-borough Music Hub; Resonate Arts; Royal London Hospital; Chelsea and W'minster Hospital; City Lit; Awards for Young Musicians, Wigmore Hall; Glyndebourne Opera; English National Opera; English Touring Opera; Spitalfields Music; City of London Sinfonia;

More information about Open Academy

Category: Communities, Creative

The Elephant Trumpets

Royal College of Art

The series of projects, ‘The Elephant Trumpets’, will specifically focus on civic engagement in London’s Elephant and Castle – an area undergoing development and gentrification. ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ was the first in the series of events exploring the concept of ‘crowd powered change’.

Locations

Southwark

Partners

AHRC, the Guardian, Changify.

More information about The Elephant Trumpets

Category: Creative, Education

Together as One

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art collaborated with the Kensington and Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) for Together as One, which is a site-specific artwork that celebrates the power of the Notting Hill community as a symbol of harmony and unity for a better tomorrow. Supported by London Projects and Studio Indigo, the 55-metre-squared hand-painted mural depicts scenes from local history and the site’s architectural restoration. The design is divided into three scenes: the first tells the story of the rural Knottynghull village populated with pig farming and the pottery industry. The second represents an early Portobello Market when the vendors were selling fruit and vegetables. The third presents the intimate moment of a family preparing for the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Locations

Kensington & Chelsea

Partners

London Projects; Studio Indigo, Kensington and Chelsea Art Week (KCAW)

More information about Together as One

Category: Communities, Creative

Working with Networks to Maximise Impact

Rose Bruford College

As a small institution, it is vital that Rose Bruford College works within other networks in order to achieve greater impact. The College is a member of AccessHE and the College’s Outreach Manager chairs the organisation’s art and design forum; steering its members to link with cultural providers and consider bridging programmes. Student ambassadors are also delivering an online programme written by Brunel University London.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

UKADIA (UK Art & Design Institutions Association); PAL (Participatory Arts London) ; LEAN (Lewisham Education Arts Network); Kent Youth Arts Network; LTC

More information about Working with Networks to Maximise Impact

Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Create and Learn Playkits

Royal College of Art

Create and Learn PlayKits share creative materials and activities co-designed by artists and arts organisations from Wandsworth for young people aged 6–10 affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In February 2021, the Create and Learn PlayKits were recognised nationally, winning the Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Project. Building upon the success of the scheme and following consultation with headteachers, the consortium is looking to create a new PlayKit to support children’s creativity and wellbeing for a summer of creative play in 2021.

Locations

Kensington & Chelsea

More information about Create and Learn Playkits

Category: Communities, Creative

Great Exhibition Road Festival

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art collaborated with a number of close cultural neighbours on the inaugural Great Exhibition Road Festival (GERF) – a free festival open to all, bursting with arts, science and curiosity. A number of RCA staff, students and alumni presented talks and workshops exploring ideas as diverse as tailoring clothes for space, designing happy cities and innovative design solutions for iron deficiency and dementia. The event partnered with the Natural History Museum to deliver workshops for families from North Kensington in the lead up to the festival.  This enabled the College to place local voices at the heart of the programme alongside professional artists and scientists from world-class institutions.

Locations

Kensington & Chelsea

Partners

Natural History Museum

More information about Great Exhibition Road Festival

Category: Communities, Creative

Leadership Training for Community Leaders

SOAS, University of London

SOAS has worked with London local authorities and education delivery organisations over the last few years to provide leaders from disadvantaged and multi-ethnic communities with the skills and knowledge to develop their careers and gain positions of influence.

They have worked closely with diaspora communities from countries such as Somalia and developed leadership training for African women working in a range of sectors and professions. These initiatives have a profound and enduring impact on the ability of minority groups – and those who provide services to them – to take control of their lives and change agendas. SOAS’ unique perspective enables them to address difficult topics such as radicalisation, religious intolerance and cultural differences help to create greater cohesion and harmony in communities.

Locations

Tower Hamlets

Partners

Tower Hamlets Council; GOSH; Future Leaders

More information about Leadership Training for Community Leaders

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Education

London BioScience Innovation Centre

Royal Veterinary College

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) owns and operates the London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC), which provides 3100 m2 of wet-laboratories and office space for pharmaceutical companies such as MSD (Merck), and around 30 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) active in the biological and biomedical sciences. The Centre offers the possibility of collaborating with world-class scientists and clinicians at RVC, and access to RVC’s experimental animal facilities in Camden. The unique advantages that LBIC possesses in terms of accessibility and location (a five-minute walk to King’s Cross / St Pancras and Euston stations), together with the scarcity of commercial wet laboratory / write-up space within central London, have allowed it to operate at full capacity, or close thereto, for many years. As a result LBIC has developed a strong reputation for supporting the growth of SMEs, and good connections to London’s other innovation centres (Imperial White City, Queen Mary and facilities being developed at UCL East). It is also cultivating links to local business support networks such as Camden Unlimited, MedCity and organisations outside London, such as the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst.

Locations

Camden; Islington; Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Partners

Camden and Islington Borough Councils; Camden Unlimited; GLA; MedCity; Research England

More information about London BioScience Innovation Centre

Category: Business and Industry, Education

Love Kensington + Chelsea Street Art

Royal College of Art

Love Kensington and Chelsea Street Art creates temporary landmarks on construction hoardings to identify the area geographically for residents, businesses and visitors; to increase a sense of civic pride; to strengthen connection across the community; and to celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of the borough. Artists are invited to explore local history and use it as inspiration to create site-specific murals linked to the area. Kensington + Chelsea Art Week shortlists mural designs for each location and puts them to a public vote. The partners have collaborated on three of their murals so far, with winning designs being installed by RCA alumni Tor Ewen, Sean Steed and Adalberto Lonardi.

Locations

Kensington & Chelsea

Partners

Love Kensington, Chelsea Street Art

More information about Love Kensington + Chelsea Street Art

Category: Communities, Creative

Royal Holloway Volunteering

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway Volunteering is an award winning service supporting students and staff to engage as volunteers within the wider community and beyond since 2002. In 2017 Her Royal Highness, Anne, The Princess Royal presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of ‘Helping build strong communities by inspiring students to volunteer and lead projects to support local organisations.’

The Volunteering student leadership programme recruits 50 students each year to coordinate community projects in partnership with voluntary organisations such as; ESOL Tutoring with refugee families, or Food Recycling Scheme which reduces waste whilst helping those in need. New initiatives can benefit from funding such as STEAM stars primary school based robot building workshop series – the team takes an active role in multiagency task groups setup to support more vulnerable communities in the locality.

This academic year, the Volunteering Hub was opened at the heart of campus, increasing access and better profiling the five streams of activities actively supported; Community Action, Social Action, Community Research, Volunteering Abroad, and Sports Volunteering. An online Volunteering platform brings together charities looking for new volunteers with students searching for their perfect volunteer opportunity.

Locations

Englefield Green and Egham, Surrey (project pinned at Royal Holloway's Central London campus)

Partners

ESOL Tutoring; Food Recycling Scheme; Runnmyede Borough Council

More information about Royal Holloway Volunteering

Category: Communities

Royal Holloway, University of London’s Legal Advice Centre

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London established a Legal Advice Centre at the start of 2020, providing free legal advice and information to the local community, and to other areas across England.

At the student-led Centre, under the supervision of qualified legal professionals, members of the local community can get free legal advice or information on a variety of areas.  At the Legal Advice Clinic student volunteers will provide free initial legal advice and information to clients under the supervision of practising solicitors.

Locations

Englefield Green and Egham, Surrey (project pinned at Royal Holloway's Central London campus)

More information about Royal Holloway, University of London’s Legal Advice Centre

Category: Communities

Royal Holloway, University of London’s Science Festival

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway has been running its hugely popular annual Science Festival for over 25 years. This one day event showcases and celebrates science with staff, students and the local community, and is regularly attended by around visitors at the university’s campus in Egham, Surrey. In 2020-21, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Science Festival open day was replace with digital activity, however it is planned to return in 2022. Royal Holloway has a thriving science community with world-class, pioneering research across the spectrum of science, and it is important for them to engage the next generation in these subjects and make it fun as part of the national celebrations in British Science Week.

Locations

Englefield Green and Egham, Surrey (project pinned at Royal Holloway's Central London campus)

Partners

Runnymede Borough Council

More information about Royal Holloway, University of London’s Science Festival

Category: Communities, Education

Science and Innovation Audit

Royal Veterinary College

In 2018 The Royal Veterinary College led a BEIS sponsored Science and Innovation Audit of London’s Knowledge Quarter (KQ), which mapped the district’s world-class strengths in Life Sciences, Data Science/AI, and Cultural, Heritage and Scientific Collections. The Audit, published in the Spring of 2019, has facilitated a long-term plan for the development of the Knowledge Quarter, termed ‘KQ 2050’. This plan encourages inclusive innovation, ensuring that future employment growth will provide opportunities for local residents as well as commuters.

Locations

Camden

Partners

BEIS; Knowledge Quarter London; Camden Council; GLA

More information about Science and Innovation Audit

Category: Business and Industry, NHS / Health

The Citizens Project

Royal Holloway, University of London

Citizens is a three year project that launched in January 2017 to explore, research, share and map the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond. Supported by the Historical Association, the History of Parliament, the Parliamentary Archives and others, they aim to create a rich new digital hub of online learning resources aimed at GCSE and A Level students.

Locations

Englefield Green and Egham, Surrey (project pinned at Royal Holloway's Central London campus)

Partners

AQA, The National Archives; People's History Museum; UK Parliament; History of Parliament and the Historical Association; National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund;  

More information about The Citizens Project

Category: Business and Industry, Education

Tottenham London Academy of Excellence Partnership

Royal Veterinary College

RVC has partnered with Tottenham London Academy of Excellence (LAET) since April 2021, with the goal of widening access to university for students from Widening Participation backgrounds.

RVC has seven in person programmes undertaken and in progress, which represent considerable health and safety considerations to ensure that these run safely onsite whilst ensuring Covid precautions are adhered to. In July 2020, 60 Year 12s attended a 3 day Biosciences Summer school, and took part in biology practicals and career activities run by RVC scientists and student ambassadors. These sessions were hybrid so that both RVC staff and LAET pupils could take part either onsite or online. Throughout July and August, RVC’s Animal Aspirations student -led diversity initiative ran Year 7, 8 and 9 workshops for feeder secondary schools, with 40 pupils attending each session, as well as an LAET dog who was the star of the show.

In Autumn half term, Animal Aspirations ambassadors are working with RVC Access staff to deliver a six week ‘Junior Vet Club’ after school club at Chestnuts Primary school for 20 pupils. These after school club programmes will subsequently be repeated in the most disadvantaged feeder primaries for LAET in the following half terms until Summer 2022. In December 2021, RVC’s MSci students are delivering a Cafe Scientifique science fair, explaining their research projects using fun interactive formats, for 60 LAET Y12 and 13 students. In Summer 2022, we are piloting an online Neuroscience work placement project for Y12s.

RVC’s in-person engagement is supported by online longitudinal programmes such as Biology Champions (weekly live events, A level curriculum content and career inspiration- over 2,700 signed up) and Animal Academy (targeted nurturing support network and events for under-represented groups).

https://www.laetottenham.org.uk/ ; https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/rvc-is-open-for-all/visit-us/biology-champions ; https://www.animalaspirations.com/

Locations

Hackney; Haringey; Enfield

Partners

Tottenham London Academy of Excellence (part of the Chrysalis East Partnership), Duke's Aldridge Academy, Gladesmore Community School, Park View School, Woodside High School, Chestnuts Primary School, Lea Valley Primary School, Lancastrian Primary School, The Willow Primary School (Hackney, Haringey, Enfield boroughs) Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology, Physiological Society, Zoological Society of London, Biochemical Society, Royal College of Pathologists

More information about Tottenham London Academy of Excellence Partnership

Category: Communities, Education

Cultural Learning and Outreach across London

SOAS, University of London

Through its Widening Participation (WP) activity, SOAS works with partner schools, Linking London, Aimhigher London South, and adult learning centres to engage people from marginalised backgrounds or socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, supporting access to university and providing opportunities to learn about the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Locations

Camden

Partners

Linking London; Aimhigher London South; adult learning centres

More information about Cultural Learning and Outreach across London

Category: Communities, Education

Local Enterprise Hub

Anglia Ruskin University London

The Hub is designed to work with budding entrepreneurs to support the creation of local small business start-ups.  Primarily working with individuals from a widening participation background, the initiative aims to provide the expertise, encouragement, and support networks to enable individuals to move from idea to launch; offering a real alternative to employment and encouraging innovation and creativity.

In 2022, ARU London will hold a 1 day festival followed by a Hackathon aiming to launch 100 businesses in 48 hours.

Locations

Tower Hamlets and Camden (ARU campuses) and virtually.

Partners

12Ronnies and IdeasNest

More information about Local Enterprise Hub

Category: Business and Industry

Blackheath Halls Community Opera

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

The annual Blackheath Halls Community Opera is a successful project that has been running since 2007. Blackheath Halls, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Laban, presents a programme of ambitious and creative opera projects offering people of all ages from across the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham and beyond, a unique opportunity to take part in high-quality, live music-making alongside a professional cast of soloists and production teams. Most recently, it produced an online Blackheath Halls Opera, A Journey Through Rake’s Progress, with a final film watched by nearly 2000 people. Trinity Laban aims to continue creating high calibre participative opera opportunities for the local community.

Each year, over 200 people have the chance to be part of the making of a fully staged opera. A chorus of around 80 local adults perform alongside the Blackheath Halls orchestra, members of a youth choir and children from local primary and special education needs schools. In an audience survey, 98% of respondents said they would come to see an opera again.

 

Locations

Blackheath Halls (Greenwich), Lewisham

Partners

Blackheath Halls; Professional artists; TL students; professional trusts and foundations; Arts Council England

More information about Blackheath Halls Community Opera

Category: Communities, Creative

Performance Making Diploma for Learning Disabled and Autistic Adults

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Performance Making Diploma is leading the way in providing high-quality performance training to learning disabled and autistic artists. Running over two years, this course nurtures new generations of exceptional learning disabled and autistic performers and theatre makers. The Performance Making Diploma gives artists the training, time and space they need to develop their work in an accessible and supportive environment. Training is bespoke, delivered with students’ individual needs in mind, with tutors who understand Access All Areas’ methodologies for creating bold, innovative devised work by learning disabled performers. Students are encouraged to consider their own needs and wellbeing throughout the course, supported and guided by an experienced team of access professionals.

Locations

Camden

Partners

Access All Areas

More information about Performance Making Diploma for Learning Disabled and Autistic Adults

Category: Communities, Education

Primary Practice

St George's, University of London

‘Primary Practice’ is a newly revamped project wherein Year 6 pupils attend healthcare focused after-school clubs, a summer school and a graduation ceremony. Future development of the project is ongoing pending evaluation.

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

Primary Schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth; Student ambassadors.

More information about Primary Practice

Category: Education, NHS / Health

RinD

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Alongside work with young people, the Outreach team at Central collaborated with mezze eade and Romana Flello from The London Consortium RinD project to present a series of online teacher workshops exploring Anti-Racism in Arts Classrooms. This series included an introductory workshop, two sessions exploring texts by Global Majority writers, and a final session exploring how to apply these approaches to practice and utilise them in school settings.

Locations

Camden

Partners

Mezze eade; Romana Fiello of The London Consortium RinD project

More information about RinD

Category: Communities, Education

Science Stars

St George's, University of London

Science Stars is a sustained tutoring intervention designed to support Year 11 students to prepare for GCSEs and ultimately increase their attainment in Science. The programme is delivered to a state school in Tooting by Student Ambassadors – current students at St George’s, University of London – following a pre-designed curriculum developed by a former Science teacher. Evaluation shows that on average, Science Stars participants achieved over a grade higher in their Science GCSEs than a control group of non-participating pupils with a similar record of achievement.
Evaluation shows that on average, Science Stars participants achieved over a grade higher in their Science GCSEs than a control group of non-participating pupils with a similar record of achievement.

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

A secondary school in Tooting

More information about Science Stars

Category: Education, NHS / Health

School Governors at St George’s

St George's, University of London

St George’s launched its school governor scheme in 2020 as part of a wider civic mission and desire to contribute to the improvement of education provision at all stages within the local community. They have committed to proactively supporting both Academic and Professional Services staff at the University to volunteer as governors in state schools and colleges. This plays a part in improving children’s education, making a difference to how well a school runs, and makes an important contribution to the local community. They work with Governors for Schools (a charity that links employees with schools looking for governors, in order to provide further information and to help staff find a school recruiting near them).

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

Governors for Schools

More information about School Governors at St George’s

Category: Communities, Education

Inside Science

St George's, University of London

Since 2014, St George’s, University of London has collaborated with HM Prison Wandsworth on a science engagement programme, in which current topics in science are introduced and discussed, with most of the topics being chosen by inmates. The informal sessions take place in an art class, in which the men can continue drawing or painting whilst being encouraged to engage and discuss scientific ideas, prompts and questions. Two art exhibitions featuring the work produced by prisoners in creative response to the talks have taken place at St George’s. The second ‘Inside Science: a conversation between art and science’ exhibition took place in May 2019. The artwork went on permanent display at HMP Wandsworth in June 2019, and there is a YouTube video that highlights the creative process of the people involved. Education and confidence building are recognised as essential elements of rehabilitation. Inside Science extends beyond scientific content and knowledge dissemination to help facilitate discussion, reflection and confidence.
Two art exhibitions featuring the work produced by prisoners in creative response to the talks have taken place at St George’s. The second ‘Inside Science: a conversation between art and science’ exhibition took place in May 2019. The artwork went on permanent display at HMP Wandsworth in June 2019, and there is a YouTube video that highlights the creative process of the people involved.

Education and confidence building are recognised as essential elements of rehabilitation. Inside Science extends beyond scientific content and knowledge dissemination to help facilitate discussion, reflection and confidence.

Locations

HM Prison Wandsworth

More information about Inside Science

Category: Communities, Creative, Education

PACE-UP

St George's, University of London

PACE-UP explored whether giving adults between 45 and 75 years old a pedometer and physical activity diary would increase the amount of time they spent walking per week. The pedometer and physical activity diary greatly increased walking, both in terms of number of steps and time spent walking, and these changes persisted for up to 3 years. The study also demonstrated long-term health benefits from increased walking in terms of reduced number of heart attacks, strokes and fractures. The materials developed for the study are available publicly on St George’s website.

 

 

Locations

Battersea, Mitcham, Tooting, Putney; Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton

Partners

7 GP practices in S/SW London

More information about PACE-UP

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Dance for Parkinson’s

University of Roehampton

Dance for Parkinson’s (DfP) is a pioneering body of research led by Dr Sara Houston, from Roehampton’s School of Arts, that has encouraged people with Parkinson’s disease (PwPs) to dance, enabled dance artists to teach them, and helped dance organisations to support them. By providing an evidence base that demonstrates the benefits of dancing for PwPs, Dr Houston has changed dance practice and transformed lives for PwPs across Australia, Europe and North America. The research has had several specific impacts which have had global reach, including evidence to support the expansion of the English National Ballet’s DfP programme throughout England and Wales. DfP is widely recognised as a case study for demonstrating the value of arts, and arts-based health interventions.

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

BUPA Foundation Prize; English National Ballet

More information about Dance for Parkinson’s

Category: Creative, NHS / Health

Partnership with Crystal Palace F.C.

University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton initially joined the club as a local partner in the summer of 2018 and, since then, Roehampton students have been offered a wide range of project work and placement opportunities by the club. Crystal Palace FC supply guest lecturers, attend careers events and regularly invite students to Women’s and Men’s games. Palace For Life Foundation, the official charity of the club, and the University also collaborate on projects to engage with young people and schools to raise aspirations in Croydon and beyond, and the University’s women’s football team work closely with the Crystal Palace Women’s team on a range of initiatives, including joint training. The University of Roehampton will provide academic expertise to the club and Foundation, and provide the club’s staff access to Roehampton degrees.

 

Locations

Wandsworth, Croydon

Partners

Crystal Palace Football Club

More information about Partnership with Crystal Palace F.C.

Category: Communities

Research for the Wellbeing of Londoners

University of West London

The University has a long-standing history of public engagement, with an exclusive focus on engaging with real-world issues that carry benefits for everyone, particularly those in more disadvantaged social groups. The University of West London’s Strategic Plan (Achievement 2023) places public engagement at the heart of its mission.

It aims to produce the sorts of graduates, research, and enterprise that enhance the local, regional, national and international communities the university serve. Since its origin more than a century and a half ago, the University of West London and its precursors have been intertwined with the locality. Local residents understand the enormous benefits the University brings and collaboration and partnerships have never been stronger. In the coming years it aims to connect both the Ealing Master Plan and the Hounslow Regional Plan to make the University a lynchpin of community interaction.

More information about Research for the Wellbeing of Londoners

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

West London Alliance (WLA)

University of West London

The University of West London has a wide regional, national and international role and defines its local area for the purposes of Regeneration and Local Growth as the London Councils (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow) that form the West London Alliance (WLA). Within this region, they see themselves as highly embedded in the two boroughs in which their campus sits: Ealing and Hounslow. Their reach extends along the Thames Valley through their healthcare related work, and globally through educational partnerships. UWL is a core member of the Heathrow Skills Partnership (HSP), working collaboratively with Heathrow and its supply chain to both ensure and develop pipeline of skills to a key sector in West London. This pandemic-related working partnership has resulted in UWL supporting West London Business and the West London Alliance (in particular its Prosperity Board), and in the four local HEIs working collaboratively on growth & regeneration, social inclusion & mobility, and how they collectively better communicate the roles HEIs can and do play in the local economy.

Locations

Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow

More information about West London Alliance (WLA)

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Wimbledon Bookfest

University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton is the principal partner of Wimbledon BookFest, a leading literature, culture and arts festival, and supports the delivery of a range of linked events for school and colleges and the general public in the local area. The partnership provides students from the University with paid and voluntary placement opportunities, while staff and academics will feature as speakers and judges. The event allows the University to engage with BookFest’s wider education programme, which works with over 70 schools across London. The University has a long-term commitment to continue to support the aims and objectives of Bookfest. Over 1,000 children and young people attend the Bookfest and engage with its outreach activities each year.

 

Locations

Wimbledon Common, Roehampton, Putney, Wandsworth, Merton and surrounding areas.

Partners

Wimbledon BookFest

More information about Wimbledon Bookfest

Category: Communities

Enable London

St George's, University of London

‘Enable London’ studied how residents who moved into the former London Olympic village were affected by the built environment they lived in, and whether it altered their levels of physical activity. The St George’s project showed that moving to an environment with a built environment designed for physical activity did not necessarily result in an increase in physical activity, but the marginal gains produced might have a beneficial result over a whole population. Further research is needed to understand how the built environment could be optimised to have larger effects on physical activity at an individual level.

 

Locations

Newham

Partners

Local community in the Olympic Village, Newham local authority, East Thames Group and Triathlon Homes, Public Health England.

More information about Enable London

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Spotlight on Science

St George's, University of London

Spotlight on Science is a public lecture and YouTube video series where members of St George’s research community present their results with a wide public audience. It is hoped that this virtual programme will continue whilst restarting an in-person lecture series. This project has improved the communication skills of researchers at St George’s and widened knowledge of their research areas among target audiences, including the general public.

Locations

Tooting

Partners

Alumni and local community groups

More information about Spotlight on Science

Category: Communities, Education

St George’s Museum of Human Diseases

St George's, University of London

The St George’s Museum of Human Diseases works with schools in the local community to offer activities and workshops and allow young people to visit and explore the collection.
The University is now expanding on this work through the newly launched St George’s STEM Network. Students and staff are working together to develop a new and exciting programme of activities and resources to engage with and involve more schools from their local community. The STEM Network aims to raise aspirations of school students in the local community and help young people understand more about the wide range of careers in healthcare.

 

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

Schools in the local community

More information about St George’s Museum of Human Diseases

Category: Communities, Education, NHS / Health

Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services at Greenwich

University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich’s grounds are managed sensitively; limiting the use of herbicides, protecting habitats and balancing conservation practices to ensure enjoyment of the outdoor areas.

The university has 6.7 hectares (9 football pitches in size) of natural land across its campuses. To date its has recorded over 250 animal species, including around 25 species listed as vulnerable so in extra need of conservation. The Ecosystems Services Policy sets out Greenwich’s overall vision and aims for how to achieve a balance between natural conservation, education and wellbeing enjoyment. With the new Estates Master Plan the University will be formalising its external and natural spaces as learning and development spaces, further enabling teaching staff to utilise the extensive estates for more applied and creative learning that can happen outside the classroom in more practical and hands on ways.

Grounds have been managed for biodiversity for over 10 years and this work is being further improved through the delivery of the new Biodiversity Action Plan and integration of ecosystems services thinking in the estate. Impacts include the increased natural value of the estates, encouraging species to the estate, the roll out of initiatives such as the Hedgehog Friendly Campus that is encouraging staff and students to better engage with the campus and through encouragement of citizen science as they ask students and staff to log species they have encountered on our campuses. The natural value and its diversity is also being used to engage their students in natural learning environments so, for example, getting Early years and Primary Health students out into nature to see how it connects and contributes to their studies, providing new perspectives that are considered in their studies and careers.

Locations

Greenwich (and Medway)

Partners

Sustainability team, in partnership with campus Facilities Management teams, contractor and academic teams.

More information about Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services at Greenwich

Category: Sustainability

Brickfield Newham

University of East London

Brickfield Newham was a community research project that questioned clay and its importance to the urban landscape by connecting people, literally, to the earth beneath their feet. Communities from across the borough came together to make bricks, build and fire a kiln on a construction site in the Royal Docks.

They investigated themes of dwelling, living and claiming the earth through performance and brickmaking. Rooted in Newham’s history of industrialisation and habitation, Brickfield Newham provided a hearth to share experiences of living in Newham and to listen to others’ vision of its future. An outdoor ‘brickathon’ engaged a variety of community groups in brickmaking workshops. The Brickfield Makers, a community collective, explored the history of brick in Newham. UEL students devised a series of new performances about Newham’s brick heritage which they shared at a showcase event where they performed in front of the kiln as it fired the first bricks.

 

Locations

Newham

Partners

V&A Museum; Brickfield

More information about Brickfield Newham

Category: Communities

Civic Fellows Scheme

Staffordshire University London

Staffordshire University London offers a scheme of Civic Fellows, recognising members of the public who operate in the local community and make a difference to those within it.

Locations

Tower Hamlets

More information about Civic Fellows Scheme

Category: Communities, Creative

Continuum

University of East London

Continuum, the UEL centre for widening participation policy studies, has been the lead partner in a major knowledge alliance which brings together UEL, London councils and the London Borough of Newham to provide an annually commissioned data commentary insight into the journey of young people into the labour market.

Locations

Newham

More information about Continuum

Category: Education

Education Partnership Forum

Staffordshire University London

Staffordshire University London are chairing Newham Council’s 14-19 Education Partnership for 2021-22. It is a strategic partnership of 16-19 education providers, whose Leaders Forum meets regularly throughout the year to discuss specific areas of work. Several other London Higher members are or have previously been involved with this partnership (University of East London; Loughborough University London; Birkbeck, University of London)

Locations

Newham

Partners

Newham Council

More information about Education Partnership Forum

Category: Communities, Education

First Star Academy

St Mary's University, Twickenham

First Star Academy is a four-year programme for young people in foster care, supporting them through GCSE and ‘A’-Level education and developing crucial life skills with the overarching aim of boosting numbers of young people who go on to university from the care system.

The pilot cohort saw a 300% increase of young people in foster care going to university, compared to the national average. They have seen huge increases in GCSE and A’-Level passes in their group compared to the national average for young people in foster care. They have received feedback from students who have described the academy as ‘life-changing’, and who encourage younger cohorts to join the academy. They are currently fundraising for a third cohort.

Locations

Twickenham

Partners

Local authorities; schools; colleges; community organisations; university departments; First Star Scholars UK; First Star Inc USA

More information about First Star Academy

Category: Communities, Education

The ARENA project

University of East London

ARENA – a project designed and delivered by the Sustainable Research Institute at UEL, supports London start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs seeking to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas, products and services in the areas of resource efficiency, urban green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions for urban resilience.

ARENA aims to build on innovation strengths to contribute to London’s aspirations of a world-leading low carbon city in harmony with the natural environment. ARENA delivers free and bespoke expertise and advice directly in accordance with a businesses’ innovation needs. Subject area experts, researchers and innovation practitioners provide: (i) market knowledge and networks – support to enhance the commercial validation of innovations to increase their market deployment and uptake; (ii) research and development support – In-lab research support, testing and technological validation for early-stage innovations; (iii) demonstration trials and assessment – facilitation of demonstration pilots, performance monitoring and assessment in a real-world environment – the new Ecology Centre and Urban Living Lab at Barking Riverside; (iv) promotion and showcasing – publicity and promotion at Barking Riverside Ecology Centre; and (v) market rollout and procurement support – brokerage to appropriate private and public sector clients.

 

Locations

Newham, Barking and Dagenham

Partners

Barking Riverside Ltd (Barking Riverside Urban Living Lab) (Barking Riverside Ecology Centre)

More information about The ARENA project

Category: Business and Industry, Sustainability

The Camden Renewal Commission

UCL

The Camden Renewal Commission was set up by Camden Council and University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and brought together commissioners representing Camden’s community, voluntary sector, business and academic community to work on developing practical solutions to help create a fair, sustainable society and address the inequalities that exist in Camden.

The Commission first met in September 2020. The Commission’s priorities were set by resident experiences of life in Camden, having heard stories from people in Camden about their experience in particular over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. A strong theme within the Commission has been ensuring every Camden resident can play a part in addressing the issues that matter to communities across the borough. IIPP has continued to engage with Camden and its missions. With funding from UCL’s HEIF Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Fund programme, IIPP is supporting the delivery of the missions and learning from Camden’s implementation approach through a series of knowledge exchange workshops with the Council and its key stakeholders.

IIPP hopes to strengthen its work with Camden as a ‘Studio Lab’ supported through a new partnership with the Laudes Foundation. The Studio Lab will enable IIPP researchers to engage Camden’s team of policy designers through a process of ‘practice-based theorising’. The project shaped and developed 4 renewal “missions” for Camden: (i) By 2030, those holding positions of power in Camden are as diverse as our community – and the next generation is ready to follow; (ii) by 2025, every young person has access to economic opportunity that enables them to be safe and secure; (ii) by 2030, everyone eats well every day with nutritious, affordable, sustainable food; and (iv) by 2030, Camden’s estates and streets are creative and sustainable. As these missions were being developed in Camden, the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority subsequently adopted missions as part of the London Recovery Programme which seeks to oversee long-term economic and social recovery, reshaping a fairer, more equal, green, resilient city than existed before the pandemic.

 

Locations

Across Camden

Partners

Camden residents; Camden Council; UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

More information about The Camden Renewal Commission

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld cares for one of the greatest art collections in the UK, sharing these works with the public at The Courtauld Gallery in central London, as well as through loans and partnerships. Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with art, The Courtauld works to increase understanding of the role played by art throughout history, in all societies and across all geographies – as well as being a champion for the importance of art in the present day. This could be through exhibitions offering a chance to look closely at world-famous works; accessible and expert short courses; events bringing art history research to new audiences; digital engagement, innovative school, family and community programmes; or taking a formal qualification. The Courtauld’s ambition is to transform access to art history education, by extending the horizons of what this is, and ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from the tools to better understand the visual world around them.

Locations

City of Westminster

More information about The Courtauld Gallery

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Creative

The Evaluation Exchange

UCL

The Evaluation Exchange is for voluntary and community sector organisations wanting to improve their capacity to evaluate their work, and UCL postgraduate students and researchers who want to put their research and evaluation skills into practice in a real-life setting.

In Autumn 2021, 13 organisations in Camden and Newham were matched with multidisciplinary teams of postgraduate students and researchers. The teams and their organisation will work together for 6 months and collaboratively solve an evaluation challenge facing the organisation.

The Evaluation Exchange has proven to be an effective method to increase skills in evaluation of both UCL researchers and staff from the voluntary and community sector, as well as making a real difference for how organisations can understand and articulate their impact.

The Evaluation Exchange is delivered through a collaboration between UCL, Compost London and Voluntary Action Camden.

Locations

Newham; Camden

Partners

Compost London; Voluntary Action Camden; IoE-led ISIKLE

More information about The Evaluation Exchange

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Newham Public Health and the Institute for Connected Communities

University of East London

The UEL research team has been collaborating in five Task and Finish groups set-up underneath the Newham Health and Wellbeing Board, including the establishment of a Community Reference Group. Challenging inequality, racism and disproportionality is at the heart of the collaboration. QR funding supported the rapid creation, coordination and placement of the interdisciplinary team to form the research arm to the multi-agency Task and Finish Groups.

Working together with a range of senior managers and strategic leaders from the public and third sector, the UEL team has undertaken a wide range of activities to marshal evidence on trends and best practice in fighting the spread of Covid-19 and tailored messaging aimed at the public to help contain and mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

In practice, the UEL research team has undertaken a range of desk-based research as well as co-organised, co-facilitated and reported on insights gathered in community conversations, which have been acted upon by the different task groups to help shape and inform local policy and practice as it related to the health emergency.

The UEL Institute for Connected Communities has played a pivotal role in coordinating UEL’s response, meeting weekly with key partners from London Borough of Newham and NHS East London Foundation outside the formal task group meetings to pool and share information. The research focused on aligning expertise and experience in Newham, taking an interdisciplinary approach to a set of key local challenges and responding at pace. More broadly the relationships developed through this work, including with wider health partnerships, has strengthened UEL’s knowledge of organisational behaviour and how to better collaborate productively. This partnership has led directly to the research team being engaged by Newham Council Public Health Team to evaluate the borough’s Covid-19 welfare support service and hotel isolation scheme (Sept 2021 to Jan 2022).

As a result of the partnership, Newham Council Public Health Team has been successful in testing and providing insight into the national test, trace and isolate system, as well as piloting the second iteration of the NHS Covid app. The partnership is an extension of the novel work presently being undertaken across the Borough and learning from collective action to combat Covid-19 will be integrated across the health and care system under the Well Newham Strategy and 50 Steps Strategy to a Healthier Borough. UEL is committed to continued involvement in the health and economy legacy structures in Newham.

Locations

Newham

Partners

London Borough of Newham; Newham Health and Wellbeing Board; Newham Public Health; NHS East London Foundation

More information about Newham Public Health and the Institute for Connected Communities

Category: Education, NHS / Health

Partnership with Charlton Athletic FC and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)

University of Greenwich

The University has an ongoing Community Partnership with a local Football Club, Charlton Athletic and the Community Trust. This involves research, student-focused enterprise events, subsidised tickets, student internships and volunteering.

The University is also the shirt sponsor for the Woman’s team at the club; the shirt sponsorship is for the 2021/22 season but partnership has been going for many years. The existing partnership enables the university, club and trust to share expertise, research and facilities, giving sports science and coaching students at the University of Greenwich opportunities to work and volunteer alongside players and professional football club staff. There is also a yearly partnership day to celebrate the collaboration.

Locations

Greenwich

Partners

Charlton Athletic FC and CACT

More information about Partnership with Charlton Athletic FC and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

The Greenwich Book Festival

University of Greenwich

A significant annual event is The Greenwich Book Festival, inclusive, diverse, welcoming to all ages and affordable with open access to the site, free activities and low-cost events as part of its rich mix of programming. The site is fully accessible to those with disabilities. The Friday schools programme is fully sponsored and works with state primary schools across the Royal Borough of Greenwich at no cost to their school or parents. The event is held on a yearly basis.

Locations

Greenwich

More information about The Greenwich Book Festival

Category: Communities, Education

The OLIve Project – Open Learning Initiative Project

University of East London

A 12-week course was designed and delivered for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The aim of the course is to introduce refugees and asylum seekers to Higher Education. The OLIve Project offers refugees and asylum seekers the opportunity to find out the skills and knowledge that are required in order to apply for and succeed in Higher Education in the UK. It also provides information about pathways and opportunities that can be accessed both during and after completion of a degree.

The course assists with English language proficiency as it delivers modules and workshops in English language and academic writing, research skills, academic tutoring and introduction to academic discussions.

The OLIve Project participants do not have automatic access to a UEL academic programme upon completion of this course, however, they do benefit from a highly increased chance of having the necessary tools and information at their disposal that will enhance their probability of successfully applying for and completing a Higher Education qualification in a UK based institution.

Locations

Newham

More information about The OLIve Project – Open Learning Initiative Project

Category: Communities, Education

The Quaran-tin Workout

St Mary's University, Twickenham

A St Mary’s senior lecturer and physiotherapist devised an online exercise plan and e-book of exercises for the elderly during lockdown using only a chair and two tins. It was initially set up on WhatsApp before being uploaded to YouTube. It served Londoners as well as a community that grew to include people from Turkey, Sweden and Australia. After completing 91 consecutive workouts, the online channel was featured on BBC news.

Locations

Online

More information about The Quaran-tin Workout

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Innocence Project London

University of Greenwich

The Innocence Project London aims to undertake thorough and objective investigations into alleged wrongful convictions of individuals who maintain their innocence and have exhausted the criminal appeals process.

The Innocence Project London was established in 2010 and is based at the University of Greenwich. It is a pro-bono project. The project investigates alleged wrongful convictions of individuals who have maintained their innocence and have already exhausted the appeals process.

Locations

Greenwich

More information about Innocence Project London

Category: Communities

Wild Bloomsbury

University of London

The University of London is working alongside UCL and the Bedford Estates to increase and improve biodiversity and biomass in the Bloomsbury area. The intention is to bring more green spaces to the area, improve the existing green spaces and increase community and student use of these spaces. It will increase biodiversity, increase biomass and increase engagement with nature.

 

Locations

Camden

Partners

UCL Bedford Estates

More information about Wild Bloomsbury

Category: Sustainability

London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP)

University of London

Researchers and Policymakers are working together for a better London through LRaPP, a new partnership aimed at promoting greater joint working between London government and the academic research community. The Partnership finds its context in broader movements to foster closer relations between universities on the one hand and local communities, cities and regions on the other – the ‘civic universities agenda’ – and to encourage universities to help use their expertise and organisational resources to address pressing public policy challenges.

LRaPP recognises that there have been and are many examples of London academic researchers and London’s public sector working together. But most of these relationships have developed in a fairly ad-hoc way. The LRaPP aims to take a more systematic approach, by supporting proactive and sustained engagement between the university and government sectors.

The LRaPP is partnering with London’s boroughs through London Councils and the national Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement programme through CAPE’s London lead, University College London (UCL).

Locations

Camden

Partners

Mayor of London, London Councils, CAPE and universities; University of London (UoL) and the City Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Greater London Authority (GLA)

More information about London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP)

Category: Business and Industry, Education

NHS Nightingale Hospital Support

University of East London

The University of East London played a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic in supporting the NHS by offering accommodation and other critical support to healthcare workers at the new NHS Nightingale hospital set up in the ExCel Centre. UEL’s staff and students have volunteered their expertise and skills at NHS Nightingale, including nursing, physiotherapy and technician teams as well as staff and students volunteering for non-clinical support. The University engaged in 72 projects in relation to COVID-19 supporting communities and businesses affected by the pandemic.

https://www.uel.ac.uk/about-uel/news/2020/april/university-east-london-leads-royal-docks-support-nhs-nightingale-fight-against-covid-19

Locations

Newham

Partners

NHS

More information about NHS Nightingale Hospital Support

Category: NHS / Health

Nursing and midwifery students join NHS

University of Greenwich

Nursing and midwifery students studying at the university joined the NHS workforce to support the fight against Covid-19.

Locations

Greenwich

Partners

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

More information about Nursing and midwifery students join NHS

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Super-recognisers

University of Greenwich

Stimulating public awareness, understanding and interest in super-recogniser facial identification and its role in effective application of the law. Research into face recognition in CCTV footage initially on Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers, focused on testing for those individuals who are classed as super-recognisers (defined by exceptional unfamiliar face memory and matching ability).

The aim was to apply the skills of such officers to enhance suspect identification and increase the rate of accurate prosecution and sentencing. The establishment of tests and protocols for identifying super-recognisers in the police was subsequently extended to a number of international police forces, as well as members of the general public for the purposes of further research and public engagement.

Locations

Greenwich

More information about Super-recognisers

Category: Education

Tackling ‘County Lines’

University of Greenwich

At the University of Greenwich, another local issue but a national problem is domestic abuse, gang culture and county lines relating to the movement of drugs by vulnerable youth from urban areas to county towns. The County Lines Professional Training Programme was launched in 2018,  focusing on indicators to identify vulnerable children targeted by gangs, and on how multiple agencies can deal with this important issue – the work continues to have significant national impact.

 

Locations

Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley

Partners

Metropolitan Police; Statutory agencies

More information about Tackling ‘County Lines’

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Education

UEL Community Clinics: Legal Advice Centre

University of East London

UEL students have been trained to deliver pro-bono legal advice, under supervision, on the following topics: consumer rights, family law, tenants’ rights and welfare applications. Students also created leaflets designed to help users understand legal topics in an accessible way. Services were delivered to Newham residents who required access to free legal advice to address a range of issues related to housing, social security benefits and employment.

The Community Clinics have assisted its users to understand legal processes and find ways to address any challenges they have encountered as a result of Covid and other socio-economic factors. Of particular note over the last 12 months, the Legal Advice Centre has helped people assert their tenant rights, submit successful Universal Credit claims and negotiate Child Arrangement Orders.

Locations

Newham

More information about UEL Community Clinics: Legal Advice Centre

Category: Communities

UEL Community Clinics: Tax Clinic

University of East London

The Tax and Accountancy Clinic offers small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  a full range of advice and services. The clinic provides financial statements, supports the completion of self-assessment tax returns and provides advice to assist business owners plan for their future and minimise the negative impacts on their businesses during the pandemic.

Locations

Newham

More information about UEL Community Clinics: Tax Clinic

Category: Communities

Connecting with Communities

The Institute of Cancer Research

Connecting with the local community is a major priority for the ICR. They are committed to sharing their research with the communities in and around Sutton and Chelsea, as well as the wider London area, to encourage a sense of ownership and participation in their research, and to generate support for their aims and activities. It is particularly important to engage actively with the local community in Sutton, given their leading role in The London Cancer Hub, and the need to grow local support and enthusiasm for the new developments taking place in the borough.

Over the life of the previous strategy, the ICR took part in more than 55 events in Sutton and Chelsea, connecting with local communities and strengthening their relationship with local partners. They will continue to play an active role through community events, festivals and work with schools to share with local people the world-class research taking place on their doorstep. They will explore how they can best support their communities through new engagement projects and partnerships, meeting the needs and interests of the diverse communities of which they are part.

Locations

Sutton; Kensington & Chelsea

Partners

Schools; festivals (Great Exhibition Road fest and Bing Bang fest); London Cancer Hub; London Borough of Sutton

More information about Connecting with Communities

Category: Communities, Education

Listen and Respond

UCL

The voluntary and community sector (VCS) has a crucial role to play in dealing with the immediate impact of Covid-19 – particularly for the most vulnerable in local communities – as well its longer-term effects. In turn, UCL has an important role to play in supporting the sector and a strong track record of work undertaken by academic and professional services staff and students to build on. The emergency has already shown that UCL staff and students are keen to continue to make a difference. The principle aim of UCL Listen and Respond is to better connect VCS organisations with people and groups within UCL who are interested and able to provide support.

There is also potential to work in partnership with Local Authorities around specific areas of advice and guidance. The work is designed to fully align with UCL’s commitment to being a publicly engaged university, to making a difference to London and Londoners, and to the vision for UCL East. As part of this work UCL has funded a series of projects connecting UCL staff and students with community organisations, around an identified issue resulting from Covid-19.

It established the Rapid Evaluation Advice and Learning Service with Camden Council, who were required to re-engineer almost all of their key services, from child support to business growth, within a matter of days at the onset of the Covid-19 lockdown. The local authority has identified a need to monitor, evaluate and learn from their performance, and has sought out advice and expertise from UCL. This pilot project is exploring how the skills and expertise of UCL staff and students can be utilised to support Camden Council to reflect on and evaluate their service delivery during the Covid-19 outbreak, and to use this learning to inform future service delivery to local people.

UCL will continue to draw from Listen and Respond and its separate elements (funded community partnership projects, the REAL Service and the student hackathons), and the partnerships which it has informed, to support the establishment of the new UCL East campus, as an open, accessible and engaged university campus.

It will do this by: (i) empowering staff and students to be agents for change in the community; (ii) enabling and supporting productive relationships with local communities; (ii) working with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park partners to support the delivery of the Olympic legacy; and (iv) communicating and engaging with local communities to deliver successful construction and transition to operation.

Locations

Camden; Newham

Partners

Community partners, particularly those in Camden and Newham around their current and future campuses .

More information about Listen and Respond

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Open Courtauld Hour

The Courtauld Institute of Art

During the pandemic, The Courtauld Institute of Art continuously engaged with between 800 and 900 people as part of their Open Courtauld Hour, which enabled the community to benefit from artistic performances and displays at a time when many people were suffering from isolation and poor mental health. Broadening opportunities for a diverse range of students and opening up cultural knowledge and understanding to the public has been the driving ethos of The Courtauld for some time.

Since May 2017, volunteers have undertaken a major digitisation of The Courtauld’s Conway Library collection, which consists of over one million images of world architecture, sculpture, applied arts and medieval manuscripts. In addition to opening the collection for future preservation and public access, this has provided thousands of volunteers with training in areas such as cataloguing and photography – key skills which can be applied to various sectors and industries.

Locations

City of Westminster

More information about Open Courtauld Hour

Category: Communities, Creative

Outreach in London

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The activities that The Courtauld run include: (i) Summer University (ASDAN accredited). This is an intensive one-week course for up to 30 students in Year 12 from under-represented groups considering entering Higher Education. The course includes special access to the Courtauld’s Virtual Learning Environment and progression support sessions (currently being expanded) in the autumn term following the course to ensure that young people are better supported particularly in their choices for further study and to support their applications to university; (ii) Insights into Art History programme. This is a series of one-day workshops held at The Courtauld for state school and further education college students, introducing art history, visual analysis and research skills. It works with 150 A-level students from 49 state schools and colleges over the course of the year to introduce them to the potential of art history and university study. Each of the 10 sessions are 5½ hours long and run during weekends and school holidays; and (iii) Art History for All programme. This is a series of one-day outreach study days that engage schools and colleges outside London with art history. These study days include a visit to students’ local museum or gallery collection where possible. It works with 240 post-16 students in 10 state schools and further education colleges across the UK. This includes Years 11-13 and Access to HE (adult learners).

Along with other elements of their established outreach programme, these activities deliver: (i) online and printed resources to 630 teachers across the UK; (ii) teachers events for 95 teachers within London; (iii) outreach workshops to around 6000 students in state school and further education within London (Key Stages 2 – 5); (iv) activities to over 1,700 pupils in their target widening participation schools to develop their awareness of art history; and (vi) longer-term collaborative projects on an annual basis with 400 students from 37 state schools within London.

Locations

City of Westminster

Partners

State schools; colleges; local museums; local galleries;

More information about Outreach in London

Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Richmond Employment & Skills Taskforce

St Mary's University, Twickenham

The Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s, Anthony McClaran, sits on the Richmond Employment & Skills Taskforce, which aims to combat the impact of Covid-19 and its effects on the local labour market and residents of Richmond. The objectives of the 2020/21 strategy are: to increase the number of learners attending education and training specially from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those with disability and elderly; to meet the needs of individuals and the community in Richmond ensuring where appropriate effective pathways into employment; and to increase participation and progression from Community Learning course, into accredited programmes, apprenticeships and employment. The group will met every three months to continue its work.

Locations

Richmond Upon Thames

Partners

Richmond City Council

More information about Richmond Employment & Skills Taskforce

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Education

St Mary’s in Richmond upon Thames

St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary’s University is part of its local community in West London and has established strong relationships with many local employers and community organisations. As an active member of the South London Knowledge Exchange Partnership, host of the local Business Improvement District and close partner of the Local Authority, they work across South and West London with councils, other universities and business organisations to provide skills development and support the growth of local businesses. St Mary’s is in Richmond upon Thames in West London, with the majority of its students from London and Southeast England, often from disadvantaged communities. They have close relationships with schools and businesses in the region: education students undertake school placements and students in many other subjects undertake work placements as part of their degree. St Mary’s gather intelligence from partner organisations to identify local skills and growth needs.

The University’s The Exchange arts venue reaches beyond Twickenham and Richmond into more deprived communities nearby in areas such as Hounslow and Ealing. The Exchange has a strategy of contributing to local communities through the arts and wellbeing activities, providing access that may otherwise not be available, and reaching communities who do not usually interact with a university.

Locations

Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Ealing

Partners

The Exchange; South London Partnership; BIG South London; RUT, KUT, Merton, Croydon & Sutton Councils

More information about St Mary’s in Richmond upon Thames

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

Working with London Uni Connect Partnerships.

St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary’s supports AimHigher London’s Uni Connect events (including hosting the 3-day Spring School on campus). They have a long-standing partnership with London Higher’s core AccessHE division, an organisation that supports universities conducting widening participation work mainly in London. They are represented at AccessHE’s Forums, and work with the team to support their Uni Connect work. St Mary’s University has also contributed a free online Law course for the AccessHE Online digital platform. As a partner with Linking London’s Uni Connect project, they have developed Post-16 programmes and resources for the west London target wards.

Locations

Richmond upon Thames

Partners

AimHigher; AccessHE; Linking London

More information about Working with London Uni Connect Partnerships.

Category: Communities, Education

Here East Scholarship Programme

Staffordshire University London

This programme provides full undergraduate tuition and supporting loans of £2,700 per year to students from the Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest areas, enabling them to study at Staffordshire University London. It also facilitates work experience placements and mentoring opportunities within the Here East business community for its recipients. It is particularly aimed at first-in-family students, caregivers, or those facing financial barriers in progressing to higher education.

Locations

Hackney; Newham; Tower Hamlets; Waltham Forest

Partners

Here East (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park)

More information about Here East Scholarship Programme

Category: Communities, Education

Inspiring Future Diversity in Science

The Institute of Cancer Research

The Institute of Cancer Research will develop a schools outreach programme to promote careers in research in their target schools, which will include: (i) events/workshops/talks in schools; (ii) opportunities for students from target schools to visit the ICR; (ii) new resources for schools.; (iii) develop a long-term partnership with Harris Academy Sutton; (iv) launch an educational film and resource pack to support the science curriculum and promote this resource both locally and nationally; (v) work with the BAME forum at the ICR and The Royal Marsden to encourage students from BAME backgrounds to pursue careers in science and cancer research; and (vi) launch a section of the ICR’s website that features resources for schools and teachers.

Locations

Sutton

Partners

Harris Academy Sutton; ICR BAME Forum; Royal Marsden

More information about Inspiring Future Diversity in Science

Category: Education

‘Mind the Gaps’ – Improving Mental Health Outcomes for First-in-Family and Independent Students

St Mary's University, Twickenham, University of West London

The Institute of Education (IOE) and the Widening Participation department at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have successfully bid for over £180,000 to lead a study into mental health support at universities. This project, which will be coordinated by Head of Widening Participation at St Mary’s, Nikki Anghileri, and co-designed and co-delivered with students, is led by a combination of expert higher education and mental health professionals. It will generate much-needed evidence of what can improve mental health outcomes for this group of students through the provision of a novel transition support package for first-in-family or independent students. This support package will include psychoeducation training; personal skills development; peer-to-peer support initiatives; mental health drop-in sessions; and online resources. It will generate much-needed evidence of what can improve mental health outcomes for this group of students.

Locations

Richmond upon Thames

Partners

OfS; King’s College London; the University of West London; and Maudsley Learning (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

More information about ‘Mind the Gaps’ – Improving Mental Health Outcomes for First-in-Family and Independent Students

Category: NHS / Health

So You’re Interested In…?

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

A bespoke online outreach programme developed in collaboration with Backstage Niche and other partners, exploring different backstage careers and progression routes. Backstage Niche works to inform and encourage the younger generation from various Global backgrounds to consider the exciting possibilities of a career in backstage theatre. Their aim is to plant a seed in their minds at a young age and expose them to the vibrant world of theatre which exists behind the curtain and not just onstage. Over 110 young people accessed these sessions.

Locations

Partners

Backstage Niche

More information about So You’re Interested In…?

Category: Business and Industry, Creative

Student Knowledge Exchange

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Student Knowledge Exchange project is focused on student involvement in delivering better patient experience in the NHS and is jointly funded by Research England and the Office for Students. The project builds on collaborative work that has taken place between Central teams and the NHS for a number of years. Activities have traditionally been run in hospital settings only, however in 2020-21, as a result of the national lockdown, work was supported in broader related settings, such as within residential contexts. This adaptability has allowed students to support NHS Staff on Covid wards where possible, whilst bringing their work to related locations such as One Housing Association.

The project provided a multi-intervention approach, further embedding knowledge exchange activities that are currently underway to address social isolation, improve patient wellbeing and staff morale. Central students working with patients on the project employed key applied theatre techniques alongside storytelling and social interaction, empathy training, bespoke films and Virtual Reality 360 technologies.

The project provided a multi-intervention approach, further embedding knowledge exchange activities that are currently underway to address social isolation, improve patient wellbeing and staff morale. CSSD students working with patients on the project employed key applied theatre techniques alongside storytelling and social interaction, empathy training, bespoke films and Virtual Reality 360 technologies.

Locations

Northwest London

Partners

NHS; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Reseach England; OfS

More information about Student Knowledge Exchange

Category: NHS / Health

(In)Active Older Adults

London South Bank University

LSBU’s research with active and inactive older adults in London explored how active and inactive older adults view their participation in community-based exercise. It provided insight into the programme characteristics and instructor styles that attract older adults the most. Participation improved emotional well-being and cognitive function. The closure of community-based exercise led previously active older adults to become inactive during lockdown and revealed the crucial importance of the social element as a prime motivator to exercise in older adults.

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

Silverfit Charity

More information about (In)Active Older Adults

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

AI-enhanced Building Energy Management Systems

London South Bank University

The greatest cause of poor building performance is the malfunctioning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems: these are controlled by the building’s Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). Inefficiencies in BEMS systems therefore increase energy waste and impacts comfort.

Terminal Units (TUs) are used to control the temperature of building areas. Professor Dudley and colleagues used AI, in collaboration with three commercial partners, to develop automated approaches to enhancing the detection of faulty TUs, and hence address the problematic building energy ‘performance gap’.

The outcome of the research was an AI-driven system which classifies TUs into well- and badly-behaved elements, yielding a major enhancement to the BEMS system produced by commercial partner Demand Logic (DL).

Key London users and beneficiaries of this system are:
●The Canary Wharf Group
●Transport for London)
●The headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank in London – fitted with DL system in May 2017.

By December 2017 significant improvements were already evident: a reduction of 10% (£61k) on energy spend; a 59% reduction in the number of spaces which were judged too warm (>25°C).
●20 Fenchurch Street (the “Walkie-Talkie”): analysis revealed a 27% reduction in demand of
both heating and cooling as well as a 62% reduction in heating power..

Locations

City of London, Tower Hamlets

Partners

Demand Logic, Verco EDSL

More information about AI-enhanced Building Energy Management Systems

Category: Business and Industry, Sustainability

Balanced Energy Network

London South Bank University

Heat pumps are a proven low-carbon alternative to gas boilers. However, they deliver heat at a lower temperature than a gas boiler and usually require other building upgrades such as insulation or larger heat emitters. Heat networks can offer improved efficiencies compared to heating individual buildings, particularly 5th Generation (ambient temperature) networks linked with heat pumps. At LSBU’s campus in Southwark, the UK’s first 5th Generation heat network (termed the Balanced Energy Network) at scale has been demonstrated: it links two buildings together using an ambient temperature network served by two boreholes connected to the London aquifer.

Through BEN and a range of other measures, LSBU has achieved an overall 85% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the past decade.

This project has had significant benefits for the industry lead, ICAX Ltd: ICAX has developed a second generation of the heat pumps created for the BEN project: 3.4MW of these heat pumps are currently being installed across three sites for the London Borough of Southwark, in three housing estates consisting of 2,175 households. The systems currently being installed in Southwark are designed to save over 57,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over a twenty-year time span through an energy saving of 17,690,743kWh per annum.

Locations

Southwark

Partners

ICAX

More information about Balanced Energy Network

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) Framework

London South Bank University

LSBU research has produced a policy theory-based, subsidy programme evaluation methodology that proposes the use of programme funds to invest in activities that result in lasting market effects after the subsidy is removed. The research has yielded the CEREB (Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings) Framework, articulating five pillars of Retrofit Market Transformation: 1) Programme Design and Stakeholder Networks; 2) Marketing and Outreach; 3) Workforce Engagement and Training; 4) Financial Incentives; and 5) Data Collection and Evaluation.

For each pillar, the CEREB Framework gives activities, indicators, and success factors required to decarbonise existing buildings through retrofitting. Research has been conducted in partnership with Lambeth Council to understand the local retrofit supply chain and workforce in the two main retrofit channels: Public-Procured and Private-Purchased. This involved a gap analysis and evaluation of the roles and skills needed across both channels.

The recommendations and outputs from the research include a list of the roles and skills needed to 2030 and 2050, a stakeholder map of employers and supply chain, and what the council and other stakeholders should do to address gaps and barriers and optimise local benefits from the delivery of net zero retrofits. LSBU is now working with Local Authority Sustainability Officers to implement pillars of the CEREB Framework in Lambeth Council: Lambeth have recently declared a climate emergency and are using the CEREB Framework to inform their strategy to decarbonise existing buildings.

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

Lambeth Council

More information about Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) Framework

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

Digital Curating at The Photographers’ Gallery

London South Bank University

Research led by the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) at London South Bank University (LSBU) in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG) London, enabled TPG to address the aesthetic, cultural and socio-technical challenges posed by born-digital and networked photography.

The research established TPG’s international reputation for driving public discourse on the cultural ramifications of the radical technological changes taking place in image production. The research directly shaped TPG’s programming strategy and changed curatorial practices and the approaches of its education programmes: the digital programme encompassed 36 curated projects, with 15 new works commissioned, with an approximate Gallery audience of 1,800,000 and several million online; further, over 45 talks were delivered to audiences of 40 – 60 that included arts policy and industry professionals, artists, photographers and educators.

https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/curating-networked-image-2011-present https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/photography-culture/co-creating-networks https://www.centreforthestudyof.net/?page_id=1491

Locations

City of Westminster

Partners

The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG) London

More information about Digital Curating at The Photographers’ Gallery

Category: Creative, Education

Digital Environmental Strategy for New Bond Street

London South Bank University

The City of Westminster was looking to develop a new recycled scheme for Bond Street area in order to improve the urban quality of the spaces.  LSBU’s Digital Architectural and Robotics Lab (DARLAB) developed a proposal for new urban design proposal for waste collection points using plastic waste recycled from Veolia as a waste management company for the area.

Locations

City of Westminister Council

Partners

Veolia, City of Westminister, New West End

More information about Digital Environmental Strategy for New Bond Street

Category: Communities, Creative, Sustainability

Elevate Programme

London South Bank University

Lambeth Council’s Elevate programme aims to break down barriers to employment and training for low-income residents, disabled residents, BAME residents and women in the creative and cultural industries. Academics from LSBU’s School of the Arts and Creative Industries have been providing support to the Elevate programme by undertaking an evaluation of the activity that the Council has delivered to date. They have also held a series of workshops to produce a Theory of Change to guide the programme over the next three years as well as delivering a series of recommendations for Elevate’s future development.

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

London Borough of Lambeth

More information about Elevate Programme

Category: Communities, Creative

GreenSCIES (Green Smart Community Integrated Energy Systems)

London South Bank University

GreenSCIES will deliver a detailed design for a smart energy system that integrates new low carbon energy technologies across heat, power and mobility.  Innovative technical and business model approaches will be developed for the provision of smart energy systems that significantly reduce carbon emissions and result in significantly smaller bills for the consumer. The smart energy grid will also help provide affordable warmth and lower local pollution, with a clear path for replication elsewhere in the UK.

This will be a community-based project with wide stakeholder engagement including local residents and businesses but also with policy makers and replicators.

GreenSCIES is an entirely innovative ground-breaking project that will provide an investable low carbon scheme unique in the UK.

The GreenSCIES detailed design for a smart energy network will initially focus on the London Borough of Islington and will connect 33,000 residents and nearly 70 businesses. The aim is to co-design the network with the local community and several community engagement workshops will be carried out to inform residents and other stakeholders about the project and its benefits. Focus groups will include resident champions and collaboration participants who will participate in the detailed design, ensuring it is truly co-designed.

Locations

Islington; GLA are on the advisory committee

Partners

London Borough of Islington; E.ON; Carbon Descent Projects; Building Low Carbon Solutions; grid Edge; Carbon Data Resources; Repowering London; Consortio; Cullinan Studio; Silver EMS; Cenex; Hanagar 19; West Midlands Combined Authority

More information about GreenSCIES (Green Smart Community Integrated Energy Systems)

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

Improving Recognition and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care

London South Bank University

The East London Community Kidney Service (ELCKS), which serves 1.2m people and covers 4 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), has further developed a system-wide change in both intervention and control CCGs.

One study by the service looked at renal-specific clinical facilitation with Practices in the lowest decile of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) coding. Practices showed significant coding improvement over a 1-year period following the intervention, and those have been sustained. This is important as those who aren’t coded for CKD have double the mortality rates of people whose are coded, alongside a significant increase in unplanned hospital admissions and in rates of acute kidney injury.

Data from all practices in three CCGs in 2020 showed a sustained level in the proportion of cases with blood pressure achieving NICE targets. Additional impacts of the ELCKS include reduction of wait time for consultation, and only 20% referred patients requiring a hospital appointment.

“The new service supports timely provision of advice from the hospital specialist to the GP, to enable better management of the patient either in the community or with more specialist care where needed. A single pathway from primary to secondary care with rapid access to specialist advice provided by consultant led e-clinics have transformed the way the outpatient service is delivered. Since the e-Clinic began in December 2015, 50% of referrals are managed without the need for a hospital appointment. The average waiting time for a renal clinic appointment has fallen to five days, from 64 days in 2015.”

Locations

Tower Hamlets Council Town Hall Mulberry Place 5 Clove Crescent E14 2BG Hackney Service Centre 1 Hillman Street London E8 1DY London Borough of Newham Newham Dockside 1000 Dockside Road London E16 2QU Guildhall PO Box 270 London EC2P 2EJ (correspondence) EC2V 7HH (visiting us)

Partners

Bart Health NHS Trust, Clinical Effectiveness Group, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, Queen Mary University of London

More information about Improving Recognition and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Intensive Post-discharge Support for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clients

London South Bank University

In the UK, approximately 4,000 adolescents are admitted for inpatient psychiatric care each year. The period after discharge is associated with the highest risk of suicide and self-harm, due to a lack of social support and effective treatment upon discharge. As a direct response, the Supported Discharge Service (SDS) was set up to offer each young person a detailed assessment and evidence-based, individual, group and family treatment without incurring major disruption to education, family life and leisure.

Research by LSBU demonstrating the efficiency and cost effectiveness of SDS has contributed to a shift away from inpatient treatment for severe cases of mental distress (both child and adult) to an intensive community service delivery that is beneficial to mental health in the longer term, reduces self-harm and is safe and cost effective. Furthermore, NHS England has now allocated £50m to post-discharge support for patients leaving mental health inpatient services, signalling a significant shift towards more intensive community support.

 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30129-9/fulltext

Locations

Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham

Partners

King’s College London, South London & Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust

More information about Intensive Post-discharge Support for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clients

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Liaison and Diversion for Neurodevelopmental Conditions

London South Bank University

London South Bank University and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust have undertaken a two-year pilot at Camberwell Green Magistrates Youth Court in order to identify and support people with learning disabilities (LD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from across Lambeth and Southwark who may require health and social services care and support rather than a prison sentence.

Locations

Lambeth and Southwark

Partners

South London and Maudlsey NHS Trust; Together

More information about Liaison and Diversion for Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

London Barbershop Blood Pressure Project

London South Bank University

LSBU, Croydon BME Forum and Off the Record launched a project in April 2021 to train barbers in eight barbershops in Croydon to measure and give advice about blood pressure to their customers in a UK-first project.

The London barbershop blood pressure testing project is inspired by a successful health study in Los Angeles barbershops in 2018 which resulted in 68% of those with high blood pressure ending the study with healthy blood pressure levels.

Around 30% of men in the UK currently have high blood pressure, and around half of these are not diagnosed or receiving treatment. High blood pressure is the third biggest cause of disease in the UK. The London barbershop project will target Black and Asian men who are more likely to have high blood pressure and less likely to be diagnosed than the general population.

Through the project, for the first time in the UK, barbers will offer testing to their customers to find out if they have high blood pressure and then give advice about how to reduce it.

Locations

Croydon

Partners

Croydon BME Forum, Off the Record

More information about London Barbershop Blood Pressure Project

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

London Gangs: Understanding Youth Violence

London South Bank University

In 2017-18 the London Borough of Waltham Forest funded LSBU’s Postcodes to Profit study to understand youth violence linked to street gangs in the area. LSBU developed a gang evolution model to understand how gangs had changed in the past 10 years since a previous landmark study (Pitts, 2008) in the same area.

LSBU’s study enabled Waltham Forest Council, the Metropolitan Police Service and other agencies to redesign their strategies and policies to respond to the new risks identified. Further, the Council developed a range of trauma informed interventions. As a result of the study, Waltham Forest Council and partner agencies allocated an additional £806k of funding to redesign their gang strategy and reshape their gang prevention programme. Further, the Council developed a range of trauma informed interventions. The change in strategy enabled Waltham Forest Council and the Metropolitan Police Service to successfully disrupt gang activities in drug markets, resulting in a reduction of 34% in knife crime involving injuries and a 27% fall in overall knife crime in the following 12 months.

More recently, LSBU has worked with Southwark Council to benefit young people at risk of exploitation: one of the lead researchers is currently seconded to Southwark Council to develop a training programme designed to understand children and young people’s experiences of gang life through the lens of coercive control.  This research involves the novel application of the concept of coercive control to the field of child criminal and sexual exploitation within gangs.

Locations

 Southwark and Waltham Forest

Partners

WalthamForest Council; Southwark Council; the Metropolitan Police Service

More information about London Gangs: Understanding Youth Violence

Category: Communities

London Heliport

London South Bank University

London heliport in Wandsworth is London’s only commercial heliport. It operates on the river Thames and is now surrounded by residential properties, whereas in 1959, when the heliport was built, the area was a disused dock.  A noise survey was undertaken coordinated with a social survey to determine how disturbing the operation of the heliport was to residents.  The research was carried out by Dr. Stephen Dance and Dr. Luis Gomez-Agustina of London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Acoustics department in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (BEA).

The study was commissioned by three London boroughs (Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea) and the findings show that residents living close to the Thames in these boroughs are routinely subjected to noise disturbance levels that exceed limits set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is the first acoustics study of its kind in the UK to monitor noise levels near the heliport over a five month period in 2017.

Publication of the report has sparked calls from all three boroughs for the heliport to do much more to limit the impact of its operations on neighbouring communities. The leaders of each Council have been urging the Mayor, transport ministers and the Civil Aviation Authority to work more closely with them in co-ordinated efforts to resolve the noise problems caused by the heliport

Locations

Wandsworth

Partners

Wandsworth and Richmond Council, Royal Borough of Kenginston and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham.

More information about London Heliport

Category: Communities, Sustainability

LSBU 100: Centerary of Women in Engineering

London South Bank University

LSBU began teaching women engineering in 1920 – one of the first English universities to do so – and is celebrating this centenary with ten months of events – LSBU 100 – Women in Engineering.

Discussing how to increase opportunities for women to become engineers, shining a spotlight on Women in Engineering at LSBU and beyond, and stressing the importance of encouraging young women to study STEM subjects to explore and challenge.

Locations

Lambeth and Southwark

Partners

WES; LSBU Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and Allies Network and LSBU Gender Equality group; Students, guests speakers.

More information about LSBU 100: Centerary of Women in Engineering

Category: Communities, Education

LSBU Armed Forces Covenant

London South Bank University

Since 2017, LSBU has worked closely with staff and students from the Armed Forces Community to support their recruitment and retention in HE. This work has since been expanded into the University’s local Boroughs through working with Cadet Forces and local community groups to deliver accredited training to young learners. In 2018, the University was awarded a Armed Forces Covenant Gold award in recognition of this work to support the armed forces community.

The Ministry of Defence makes the awards through its ‘Defence Employer Recognition Scheme’ (ERS) to those employers who have demonstrated the absolute commitment of their staff, students and personnel to becoming reservists and supporting the work of the armed forces and their families.

Locations

Across London

Partners

Ministry of Defence

More information about LSBU Armed Forces Covenant

Category: Communities

LSBU Business Solutions Centre

London South Bank University

Since 2016, the University has hosted the LSBU Business Solutions Centre which provides local businesses with access to free drop-in consultancy expertise from LSBU Business School students (with supervision from academics). Areas of advice include: business development and planning; tax and small business accounting; forecasting and costing; and marketing. In June 2018 the Business Solutions Centre won the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) annual award for Enterprising Learning Provider of the Year 2018.

Locations

Southwark

More information about LSBU Business Solutions Centre

Category: Business and Industry, Communities

LSBU Legal Advice Clinic

London South Bank University

LSBU’s on-campus Legal Advice Clinic is a free public drop-in service, staffed by law students working under the supervision of practising solicitors. The clinic provides members of the public with: Generalist advice in social welfare law matters including family, housing, employment, welfare rights, consumer, small claims and disputed debts; and specialist legal advice in family and housing matters.

The Legal Advice Clinic also works in collaboration with the Windrush Justice Clinic, providing initial advice on likely eligibility for the Windrush Compensation Scheme and supporting with gathering evidence to make an application.

Over 3500 people have used the clinic to date, helping to meet an overwhelming demand for high quality social welfare law advice in the local area. Approximately 60% of the time the Clinic is able to solve the clients’ queries instantly with the resolution rate rising to approximately 90% after meeting with the client a second time.

Locations

Southwark

More information about LSBU Legal Advice Clinic

Category: Communities

Making Recycling Working for Housing Estates

London South Bank University

LSBU’s Digital Architectural and Robotics Lab (DARLAB) is developing a strategy to increase the level of recycling in several housing councils promoted through design and manufacturing using local waste. The aim of project seeks to change the set-up of residents’ home recycling stations, by providing a more engaging, attractive, personalised bin station/recycling storage setup that becomes a feature of the home to some degree, thereby increasing recycling rates.

Locations

Westminster City Council; Various locations of Housing Estates

Partners

Westminster City Council, nlayers3D

More information about Making Recycling Working for Housing Estates

Category: Communities, Creative, Sustainability

Nurse-led Discharge Tool for People with Learning Disabilities Leaving Secure Services

London South Bank University

LSBU has co-produced a nursing discharge assessment for people with learning disabilities leaving secure services, with the aim of reducing the need for readmissions.

Locations

Across London

More information about Nurse-led Discharge Tool for People with Learning Disabilities Leaving Secure Services

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Pass it On

London South Bank University

Pass It On aims to help Health Education England in its wider consideration of peer support roles, to review how both life experience and mental health experience for Learning Disability and Neuro Diverse communities can be used in a positive way to support others. LSBU is helping to develop a sustainable mental health training programme that will teach people with learning disabilities all about mental health and train them to pass this knowledge on to other people with learning disabilities through Peer Support Groups.

Locations

Across London

Partners

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; Choice Support; McIntyre; Vibrance; Lewisham Speaking UP

More information about Pass it On

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Print Your City

London South Bank University

Print Your City is an education/research project which will help to disseminate the importance of recycling plastic throughout several primary schools. With additive manufacturing techniques,  LSBU’s Digital Architectural and Robotics Lab (DARLAB) will deliver a series of demonstration, workshops in various school using robotic technology to give a new life to plastic.

Locations

Southwark Council; various primary schools in SE5, SE15 areas.

Partners

Southwark Council, nlayers3D, Veolia

More information about Print Your City

Category: Communities, Creative, Sustainability

Raising the Alarm: The Sound of the (London) Underground

London South Bank University

After the 7/7 bombings, London Underground decided it needed to upgrade the public address systems on London Underground. Working with TfL and Marconi/Telent the PA/VA, LSBU helped upgrade the sound systems to improve speech intelligibility on three Underground lines (Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly). The solution reduced electricity bills, improved speech communication and aided fire safety – benefitting 1.4 billion passenger journeys.

 

Locations

Across London

Partners

Telent, London Underground

More information about Raising the Alarm: The Sound of the (London) Underground

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

Research Project Measuring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Impact for Infrastructure Projects

London South Bank University

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is difficult in many industries since targets have been set at the national level rather than project level. To rectify the problem, LSBU has undertaken research project creating a range of models, processes and analytical tools to measure the impact of infrastructure projects. The project involved academic, government and industry partners, including the Environment Agency and Thames Tideway Tunnel, working together to implement the new framework for measuring sustainability on infrastructure projects. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, with a budget of £4.9billion and a primary purpose to reduce sewage overflows into the River Thames.

The research project, which was led by LSBU, helped Thames Tideway to extend the mapping of its legacy commitments to the SDGs at the target level, which allows these commitments to be clearly articulated to stakeholders according to the SDG framework. Such legacy commitments include, for instance: Creating more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs; using river transport to remove the majority (90%) of material excavated to create the main tunnel; and working with charity partners to employ one ex-offender per 100 workers on the project.

Locations

Across London

Partners

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); University College London (UCL); the Building Research Establishment (BRE); and the Environment Agency

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Category: Business and Industry, Sustainability

Santander Mobility Scheme

London South Bank University

Southwark Council and Santander Bike Scheme sought to find new alternatives to promote the use of bikes and improve local mobility with the TFL cycle scheme. LSBU’s Digital Architectural and Robotics Lab (DARLAB) teamed up with London College of Communication to design a new visual totem and way finding on how to increase the local mobility in SE1 areas.

Locations

Southwark Council; Various location in SE1 area

Partners

Southwark Council, London College of Communication, Santander TFL Bike

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Category: Creative, Education, Sustainability

Sounding Out London Concert Halls

London South Bank University

LSBU has worked extensively with London’s classical music industry to:

●Create musician-focused research-informed materials to educate classical musicians on the risks of excessive sound exposure, These have been presented to all new Royal Academy of Music students (2,800 students, 2013-20),  the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Opera House.  At the Royal Academy of Music, and Music Department of St Paul’s Cathedral, policy decisions were influenced by these materials.

●Develop, for the Royal Opera House orchestra pit, new metamaterials which could be 3-D printed and reduce the pit’s sound level without adversely affecting the quality of the performance.

●Improve the acoustics of the large rehearsal space at Henry Wood Hall to make it suitable for smaller scale rehearsals:  the inexpensive, lightweight, and flexible, air-bed based solution enhanced the acoustics of the hall, benefiting the musicians and conductors.
The innovations produced have produced substantial refurbishment savings for the Royal Opera House(£1m+) and Henry Wood Hall(£250k).

Locations

Across London

Partners

Royal Academy of Music; Royal Opera House; St Paul's Cathedral; Henry Wood Hall

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Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

South London Observatory

London South Bank University

LSBU (led by Andrew Jones), in consultation with local partners, developed the South London Observatory (SLO): this is a data repository operating system underpinned by a GIS platform. It enables the visualisation, analysis, and interpretation of socio-economic data and their spatial patterning in the south London boroughs adjacent to LSBU. Moreover, it enables the identification of trends and changes over time, or the spatial impacts of economic restructuring, regeneration, and redevelopment.

The SLO has enabled Lambeth Council to make decisions that are informed by key parameters of importance identified by the SLO.

The SLO is now being converted into a web-based platform, acting as both a community resource and a portal to the work of LSBU’s Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies (UELS) team and Local Economy Policy Unit (Lepu).

In terms of influencing existing local government policy, especially in relation to COVID-19, LSBU has discussed with stakeholders, the possibilities for data sharing, including postcode data (points) on COVID-19 deaths and cases, which could support an investigation into whether there is any spatial patterning in the epidemic, highlighting areas of particular vulnerability in support of future public health planning. Further meetings have been scheduled with Lambeth to provide data analysis insights to influence their COVID-19 policies.

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

Lambeth Borough Council

More information about South London Observatory

Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Surveying Independent BAME High-Street Businesses in Lewisham

London South Bank University

The COVID-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on the UK’s high street retailers. Retail sales fell by nearly 2% between 2019 and 2020, (the largest fall on record), while online sales rose to take up nearly 34% of the total. Independent retailers on local high streets, always dependent on passing trade, faced the devastating cash flow impact of enforced closure or, if they remained trading, reducing or collapsing footfall density. Following the easing of restrictions on non-essential retail and hospitality businesses in April 2021, the Economy & Partnership Team at Lewisham Council commissioned LSBU’s Business School to carry out a survey looking into the number of Independent and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses on Lewisham’s high streets, as well as the lack of footfall that may be affecting their survival.

Trained student researchers from LSBU made repeated visits to Lewisham’s ten high streets and were able to interview 94% of independent businesses. The challenges businesses faced included a lack of footfall, problems surrounding branding and awareness and cash flow problems requiring outside intervention. The report made a number of recommendations, including a programme of support and advice from the Council, individual high street marketing strategies, and a view to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship to tackle shop vacancies.

Locations

Lewisham

Partners

The London Borough of Lewisham

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Category: Business and Industry, Communities

The LSBU Lambeth Retrofit Skills Project

London South Bank University

The Borough of Lambeth has declared a climate emergency.  This project helped inform their strategy in reducing carbon emissions from the existing housing stock.  There are a wide range of green skills gaps and this project used interviews and stakeholder workshops to identify these gaps and the networks through which Lambeth council can address them to better deliver local retrofit solutions.

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

London Borough of Lambeth

More information about The LSBU Lambeth Retrofit Skills Project

Category: Communities, Sustainability

The Southwark Health Skills Centre

London South Bank University

In summer 2021, LSBU opened the Southwark Health Skills Centre. The Centre, created in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Health Education England, provides the people of Southwark and surrounding boroughs with access to career pathways in health and social care, whatever their age or educational starting point. Its aim is both to educate and train new recruits and to upskill existing staff. It offers a range of opportunities for all, from schoolchildren through to existing health and social care employees, including health sector outreach; careers inspiration; recruitment and education advice; and health sector specific employability programmes.

The Centre also plays a central role in supporting the Trust’s strategy to develop local talent and build a workforce pipeline that reflects the diversity of the population that it serves. The Centre offers education and training from pre-entry to post-doctoral level, for clinical and non-clinical roles, with each delivered by experts from the relevant institutions within LSBU Group and supported by staff from Guy’s and St Thomas’. The Centre draws especially on the expertise of LSBU’s Institute of Health and Social Care, which is a leading provider of health and social care education and training; South Bank Colleges; and South Bank UTC, with its specialisms in Health and Social Care and Health Engineering, of which Guy’s and St Thomas’ is also a sponsor.

Locations

Southwark

Partners

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Health Education England

More information about The Southwark Health Skills Centre

Category: Communities, Education, NHS / Health

This Girl Can: Lambeth

London South Bank University

LSBU’s research with young women in Lambeth provided insight into the factors that influence their participation and attitude to sport and physical activity. The participants benefited from improved physical fitness, mental health and attitudes to active lives all attained in a cost-effective manner. This formulated recommendations for effective strategies to engage young women that have informed the practice of exercise providers, shaped public health education, and community sports policy and delivery nationally and internationally. The recommendations have informed Lambeth Council’s approach for future service commissioning and sport and leisure provision.

More information from LSBU about the project: https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/news/new-study-calls-for-five-big-changes-to-increase-women-and-girls-access-to-physical-activity

A BBC article following the paper’s publication: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/58342264

Locations

Lambeth

Partners

Lambeth Council; Fight4Change; St Matthew’s project; BigKid Foundation; Streatham Youth and community Trust; Sustrans; LSBU’s Academy of Sport

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Category: Communities, Education, NHS / Health

Night at the Vet College

Royal Veterinary College

‘Night at the Vet College’ (running since 2012) is hosted every six months with external sponsorship and involvement from RVC’s hospitals, academics and students, and external experts. These events are aimed at the public (ages 16+) and showcase their academics’ work with: stalls; discussions; and demonstrations.

They have focused on diverse zoological interests including: ‘Awake’ (November 2018, in partnership with Physiological Society and Kentish Town Farm); ‘Dawn of the Dinos’ (April 2019) and ‘Life at the Limits’ (November 2019). Their Spring 2020 event, ‘Reproduce’ (postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions), was supported by the Society for Reproduction and Fertility. Past events have also been sponsored by industry.

The Life at the Limits event welcomed over 500 people who took part in live experiments, heard expert talks, and saw birds of prey in action. From 2013-2019 the majority of 800 free tickets were booked, resulting in an average of 550 attendees at each event.

Locations

Camden

Partners

External experts; Physiological Society; Kentish Town Farm; Society for Reproduction and Fertility

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Category: Communities, Education

Brunel Arts Centre

Brunel University London

Providing a variety of courses and events to enrich the University and the wider community, Brunel Arts Centre is open to all, offering weekly classes, events, exhibitions, concerts and productions throughout the year. The weekly classes include singing, acting, creative writing, music theory, digital photography, oil painting, life drawing, movement & meditation, pottery and guitar groups. Other activities include exhibitions of local art and a popular lunchtime concert series (livestreamed and in-person), of both traditional and contemporary works performed by professional musicians.

Locations

Hillingdon, Uxbridge

More information about Brunel Arts Centre

Category: Creative

Brunel Older People’s Reference Group

Brunel University London

Brunel Older People’s Reference Group (BORG) is a network of local people aged over 50 who are interested in activities at Brunel and who are invited to engage with cutting-edge research activities. The group was set up in 2009 when researchers with a special interest in ageing wanted to raise the profile of an ageing studies group. It has since developed to become a forum for community feedback on research, to enable co-production and co-designed research, and to connect lived-experience with research expertise.

Locations

Hillingdon

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Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences

Brunel University London

Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences (BPACHS) is a collaborative endeavour between Brunel University London and four NHS partners, delivering improvements in care through advances in education and research within Health Sciences in which Brunel has established expertise.

BPACHS aims to deliver a sector-leading system of integrated health and social care for the people of Hillingdon and beyond, where care is increasingly delivered in the community and supported by advances in technology and the interface between hospital and community based care is seamless.

Through effective partnership between academics and health and care providers –  together with local residents and those who access health and care services – the quality of provision for patients, the efficiency of services, the opportunities for students and the health and wellbeing for the local community, both young and old, can be improved.

Locations

Uxbridge, Hillingdon

Partners

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

More information about Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences

Category: NHS / Health

Innovation for Sustainable Airports

Brunel University London

This Science and Innovation Audit (SIA), awarded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, focused on Innovation for Sustainable Airports using Heathrow as the primary place.

Heathrow Airport represents 1% of UK GDP, is in the Thames Valley that delivers 10% of UK GDP, and is recognised for excellence in customer experience and operational efficiency, operating at 98% capacity. It is also an internationally-recognised leader in environmental sustainability, a position reinforced by Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s recent sustainability leadership strategy. It is the most efficient 2-runway airport in the world, and while aviation is growing globally, research, innovation and business collaboration will be critical for this growth to be sustainable.

The study focused on four key themes: Big Data and Cyber Security, Intelligent Mobility, Sustainable Construction and Operational Excellence, to help make Heathrow and the UK system of businesses the home of Sustainable Airport innovation. The themes explored by the audit map closely to the Grand Challenges set out in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Locations

Heathrow, Hillingdon

Partners

Heathrow Airport, Royal Holloway, University of London, The Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd, The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, The Smart Specialisation Hub, West London Business, BRE (Building Research Establishment Ltd), Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Conigital, SEGRO, ICE blue

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Category: Sustainability

The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) project

Brunel University London

The project took a community partnership approach to engage inactive people in sustained sporting activity to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing. It was co-designed with participants, sports coaches and public health professionals to ensure that sports projects were tailored to the needs of participants and harnessed the expertise of delivery experts.

Whether the sports are familiar ones such as swimming and badminton, or novel ones such as new age kurling, providing options that are tailored to people’s abilities and confidence makes the difference between success and failure for local authorities.

The study – led by a team of researchers from Brunel University London, and funded by Sport England – found that conducting focus groups with potential participants from the community, offering ‘taster’ sessions, and working and learning alongside local sports coaches and public health professionals, all resulted in a tailored community sports programme with increased levels of engagement.

It was part of Sport England’s national Get Healthy Get Active initiative, which aims to improve understanding of how sport can be used to raise population rates of physical activity.

Locations

Hounslow

Partners

Sport England, local communities

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Category: Communities, NHS / Health

Urban Scholars Programme

Brunel University London

The Urban Scholars Programme at Brunel University London is a unique, sustained 3-year intervention programme which provides enriched learning experiences for students aged 12 -18 from inner London schools. The students are selected on the basis of their academic talent or their potential to achieve highly. Many of the students come from socially deprived areas where their talents may not lead to successful examination results or high aspirations. The scholars come from 31 schools across London, they attend sessions delivered on the Brunel University London campus for one Saturday a month for three years.

Locations

London

Partners

SHINE Trust, Education and Development Trust, The Moody’s Foundation

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Category: Education

‘The Storm’ Interactive stage set design for the Literacy Pirates charity

University of East London

UEL MA Interior Design collaborated with the Literacy Pirates and designed an interactive stage set for their performances in Stratford, London; an imaginative immersive environment for the children to dream and explore their creative and literacy potential. Literacy Pirates is a charity supporting hundreds of children with their literacy skills through creative workshops.

The studio considers design as a means for cultural and social change; a device that has the power to communicate ideas, empower communities, trigger imagination and participation and potentially transform lives for the better. In the context of this project, the stage set was purposefully designed as an interactive device. The children of the audience are not passive listeners; their body movement makes the stage set come alive.

Stretched fabrics on carefully designed mobile structures transform the audience’s movement into a magical visual game that contributes to the performance and bodily transports the audience into the sea adventures the storyteller is narrating. Oversized rolls of paper, with video art projections form part of the stage set and is inviting the audience to roll, draw, write their version of the story. The audience’s bodily presence and movement through fabric waves, projected sea creatures, sounds of the sea created an immersive experience.

Designers: Dina Al-Qusous, Birce Gural, Felicia Ivanciuc, Parisa Oreizi, Yuvraj Panwar, Ishita Pathak, Sophie Savvidou, Lasata Shrestha, Esra Tekagac, Garima Thakkar, Sahar Youssef, Fatima Zahra Hadj, led by the course leader, Dr Anastasia Karandinou.

Locations

Newham and Hackney

Partners

The Literacy Pirates

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Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Art Matters student exhibition for 50 East London Schools

University of East London

This is a community creative project to encourage school pupils to showcase their art talents. The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at UEL team up with University of the Arts London to collaborate with Art Matters organiser Catherine McGill, SLE Primary Art and Design, and around 50 East London primary and secondary schools.

Over 4,000 school pupils take part each year to have their art work exhibited in the University of East London’s art galleries at Dockland campus for two weeks in July. It receives over 1500 visitors. Due to Covid, this was moved online and the physical exhibition did not take place in 2020 or 2021. The 2021 online show was coordinated by Catherine and Ian Thompson in association with Newham Council.

For 2022, the physical show will resume at UEL Dockland campus AVA art gallery.

For more details please visit:

http://www.artmatterslondon.com/exhibitions/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkZw-AmRSLU .
https://www.artmatterslondon.org

Locations

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering AVA art galleries Dockland Campus, UEL

Partners

Art Matters - Contact: Catherine McGill University of East London - Contact: David Tann University of the Arts London - Contact: Ian Thompson

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Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Carnival Mas-Piece

University of East London

‘Carnival Mas-Piece’ was a co-design project in collaboration between Tropical Isles, a Hackney based carnival youth group and architecture students of Unit A from the University of East London, led by lecturers Carsten Jungfer and Fernanda Palmieri at the Department of Architecture. Tropical Isles is a carnival group and charity that supports young people with building life skills, confidence and wellbeing. As a registered Mas-band, the group also participates to carnival parades and competitions. A ‘Mas-piece’ is a tall signature costume and a piece of ‘body-architecture’, that leads the carnival group at the performance.

This project helped Tropical Isles to win numerous prizes in 2019, including 1st prize for Carnival Band of the Year at Hackney Carnival and 3rd price in the ‘traditional’ category at Notting Hill Carnival.

During the live project UEL architecture students collaborated with members from Tropical Isles and built a 5×5 meter large Mas-Piece. Through a number of co-design workshops, students considered the constraints of the brief for a modular and lightweight design. They experimented with different materials, explored how to put them together and gradually developed designs, which were tested through the construction of full-sized prototypes. The ambitious design even included a special effect, used at the parades’ judging point, where the central ‘flower’ of the Mas-Piece opened and released numerous helium balloons into the air.

Locations

London Borough of Hackney

Partners

Tropical Isles London

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Category: Communities, Creative, Education

Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG) Silvertown Sessions

University of East London

CERG builds on UEL’s strong commitment to civic engagement by focusing on the critical and public exploration of the complex economic, social and cultural factors that frame the everyday practices of people and the places in which they live. Places are complex and informed by multiple and diverse narratives and temporal forces. See list of events/project on our blog.

Locations

Newham

Partners

Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLAC)

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Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Creative, Education

Developing Coding Skills in the Community

Northumbria University London

Northumbria University London Campus continue to collaborate with its strategic partner QA in a Teach the Nation to Code initiative. This is a series of free, one-day interactive workshops specifically designed to help everyone to develop the essential skills needed within the technology world – from programming and cloud technologies to DevOps, data management, web development and beyond. The workshops are delivered on-campus or virtually by industry experts in a way that is easy to understand, regardless of background and level of experience.

The Teach the Nation to Code partnership between NU and QA goes from strength to strength with further events planned in 2022. The initial Northumbria workshops were focused around software engineering with Python. Next year we plan on expanding this by running additional workshops that focuses on market led skills needs including DevOps, Cloud and Data.

Locations

These events are open to all communities in London

Partners

QA

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Category: Business and Industry, Education

Lister Community School – Post 16 Options Day

University of East London

The day is focused on ‘life after school’, where participants talk about their journey upon leaving school; further education; employment; the sector they were working in; giving advice on this journey.

Volunteers decide how they want to run the session and it is an informal opportunity for pupils at Lister Community School.

Locations

London Borough of Newham

Partners

Lister Community School

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Category: Education

London Student Sustainability Conference 2022

City, University of London, UCL, University of Westminster

The annual London Student Sustainability Conference this year is being hosted by City, University of London in collaboration with University College London, London School of Economics, Imperial College, King’s College London and the University of Westminster. The student-led Conference aims to highlight sustainability initiatives delivered by Higher Education students across London to raise awareness and encourage further action towards building a sustainable future.

The conference is entirely student-led; with students exhibiting their research and projects through presentations, posters and demonstrations.

The conference took place on Thursday 24 February 2022 and was delivered online, with an in-person networking event held at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street campus.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #LSSC22

Locations

Online, with an in-person networking event

Partners

Imperial College London King's College London University College London University of Westminster

More information about London Student Sustainability Conference 2022

Category: Sustainability

Relational States of Dalston Research Project

University of East London

Relational States of Dalston was research project in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney, that originated from the design studio teaching of UEL lecturers Carsten Jungfer and Fernanda Palmieri at the Department of Architecture at the University of East London. Seven graduate architecture students worked as co-researchers to produce a socio-spatial stakeholder analysis that became part of Hackney Council’s evidence base informing the draft Dalston Plan published in 2021 (supplementary planning document).

The funded research focussed on key places within Dalston, that contribute to the formation of unique urban conditions, that are perceived as desirable nodes for culture, community organisations and creative enterprises.

The researcher team developed a method for analysis of existing urban & architectural contexts, that combines aspects of ‘social arrangements’ and ‘spatial conditions’ through relational and multi-dimensional narrative, that allowed to gain a broader understanding of inherent relational complexities and processes connected to urban transformation.

As part of the engagement process fifteen community stakeholders listed below, were visited, interviewed and invited to participate to collaborative drawing workshops held at the Bootstrap Gallery in Dalston, where the final research outcome was also exhibited during 2018.

Community Stakeholders: Age UK, Cafe Oto, Bootstrap Charity, Dalston Square Tenant & Resident Association, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, EartH, Forest Road Youth Centre, Hackney Cooperative Development, Hackney CVS, Hackney Pirates, Ridley Road Market, Rio Cinema, Tropical Isles Carnival Youth Group, Vortex Jazz Club, V22 art organisation

Locations

London Borough of Hackney

Partners

London Borough of Hackney, Planning Department

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Category: Communities, Education

Schema: Student Film Production Unit

University of East London

Launched in February 2013, Schema is the University of East London’s Student Film Production Unit, based in the Department of Media and Communications. Schema aims to support UEL’s civic engagement agenda through working with community support organisations, health orientated charities, and local cultural and sport initiatives. Schema produces videos for these organisations to better communicate their services and to document their activities.

Many of the groups Schema works with do not have specific resources for media work and Schema allows the organisations to have a better media presence without taking vital funds from their key services and activities. For the students involved, Schema offers the opportunity to contribute to the local community, while gaining important experience of working with clients to a professional standard in a supported environment.

Locations

London wide but mainly in Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets.

More information about Schema: Student Film Production Unit

Category: Communities, Creative, NHS / Health

STEM Professions Careers Morning

University of East London

UEL hosts a STEM Professions morning, taking place this year at Jo Richardson Community School, Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham, RM9 4UN on Thursday 18 November from 09:30 until 12:00.

Organisers are keen to recruit presenters to talk about various fields of employment linked to the STEM professions. 160 Year 9/10 students (aged 13/14) from all the borough schools have been invited. At the start of the morning the students are split into groups of about 15. Each presenter would talk about their career and progression routes (usually HE level) to a group for 20 minutes before the group of students moves on to another presenter and the presenter repeats their talk to the next group. The result of this carousel system means that during the morning the students would hear from six facilitators.

Locations

Barking and Dagenham

Partners

Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership

More information about STEM Professions Careers Morning

Category: Education

The Camden Renewal Commission

UCL

The Camden Renewal Commission was set up by Camden Council and University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and brought together commissioners representing Camden’s community, voluntary sector, business and academic community to work on developing practical solutions to help create a fair, sustainable society and address the inequalities that exist in Camden. The Commission first met in September 2020. The Commission’s priorities were set by resident experiences of life in Camden, having heard stories from people in Camden about their experience in particular over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. A strong theme within the Commission has been ensuring every Camden resident can play a part in addressing the issues that matter to communities across the borough. IIPP has continued to engage with Camden and its missions. With funding from UCL’s HEIF Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Fund programme, IIPP is supporting the delivery of the missions and learning from Camden’s implementation approach through a series of knowledge exchange workshops with the Council and its key stakeholders. IIPP hopes to strengthen its work with Camden as a ‘Studio Lab’ supported through a new partnership with the Laudes Foundation. The Studio Lab will enable IIPP researchers to engage Camden’s team of policy designers through a process of ‘practice-based theorising’. The project shaped and developed 4 renewal “missions” for Camden: (i) By 2030, those holding positions of power in Camden are as diverse as our community – and the next generation is ready to follow; (ii) by 2025, every young person has access to economic opportunity that enables them to be safe and secure; (ii) by 2030, everyone eats well every day with nutritious, affordable, sustainable food; and (iv) by 2030, Camden’s estates and streets are creative and sustainable. As these missions were being developed in Camden, the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority subsequently adopted missions as part of the London Recovery Programme which seeks to oversee long-term economic and social recovery, reshaping a fairer, more equal, green, resilient city than existed before the pandemic.

Locations

Camden

Partners

Camden residents; Camden Council; UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

More information about The Camden Renewal Commission

Category: Business and Industry, Communities, Sustainability

World on our Doorstep

University of East London

Newham Creative People and Places (Arts Council England), ‘World on our Doorstep’, will empower local people to access, participate, create & curate arts in local spaces celebrating the richness of the most culturally diverse borough in the country. It places community at the heart of decision-making about what they want to do & see in their communities in development of a CPP that co-designs & delivers excellent and inspiring art. By bringing arts to people’s doorstep they want to radically redefine what culture means to the people of Newham with its broadest definition of who they are; how they live and what they do, by focusing on activities in local parks & green spaces, championing the homegrown, creativity & culture and working with the widest range of cultural and cross-sector partners.

Locations

London Borough of Newham

Partners

Community Links (Lead), Caramel Rock, Faithful Friends, National Cricket League

More information about World on our Doorstep

Category: Creative