research in the real world

Research in the Real World

How academics and third sector organisations can work together

We have a Funding Accelerator event on Thursday 5th September 2019 which aims to bring together researchers and third sector organisations to see how they can benefit everyone.

By working together on project academics can offer access to different streams of funding for community projects, while third sector can give academics knowledge of the needs of communities and, through knowledge exchange, meet requirements set out in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Plus there are myriad other mutual benefits when you collaborate which we will be discussing at the event.


If you have a case study we can use please let me know as soon as possible, and if are attending and you’d like to talk for up to ten minutes about your experience of working together then that would be even better. Contact Continue reading Research in the Real World

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Forrest Hills Retreat

We took a small cohort of bid writers to Forrest Hills for a two day bid writing retreat in June. Everyone enjoyed the space to write and made excellent progress on their bids. Looking forward to returning there in August for our next retreat.

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Success! New funding received

We are really pleased to announce that we have secured funding to continue the Funding Accelerator project until the end of September 2019.

We were award the funding from the ESRC through the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

This means we can continue supporting our partners in their bid writing and also organise more events to connect more academics with the public, private, and third sectors that we work with. We know that the people we work with are eager to not only create projects which improve the lives of their communities but also understand the impact they are having from a research point of view in order to go on to create even more meaningful projects.

If you’d like to hear more, or even better get involved, please connect with our Design Manager Sharon on

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The Success of Co-design

Guest post from Val Todd, Head of Research and Scholarship at Blackburn College

After spending a couple of months working on developing a project to support a group of under-represented women, I went back to the women to discuss how the initial ideas had developed, before I submitted the final funding bid. The women were very enthusiastic about the project, and all seemed to be going well, until I asked the fateful question – just to check, if you could do anything at all, what would it be? Continue reading The Success of Co-design