Building effective public and civil society partnerships for teaching and research

Monday 10 September 2018 - Friday 14 September 2018 9:00-17:00
Institute of Development Studies

APPLY NOW                            Course code: PT/17013                         Fees: £1500

Volunteers setting out for the day's work at dawn during a National Immunisation Days (NID) polio eradication campaign. Panos / Nuani Quarmyne

Debates are moving fast about the most effective approaches for creating, developing and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships between universities and their local community and between research and practice to improve service policy, provision and development. This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to improve mechanisms for engagement between higher education and research institutions, and civil society or public organizations to maximize tangible benefits to society.

You will gain a rich understanding of the range of community, social and public engagement approaches and learn how to develop your organisation’s strategy in a way that more effectively responds to the needs of your locality.

‘The course provides a rare opportunity to discuss ways of forming and maintaining partnerships for teaching and research with those at different levels of involvement in the broader process, and from different parts of the world. It offers lasting benefits for both individuals and institutions.” Juliet Milican, Course Convenor

Course aims

To equip individuals and organisations to more effectively design and improve external engagement strategies, based on strong partnerships, that have the needs of the local community at their heart.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for: vice chancellors concerned with central university missions; deputy vice chancellors with a responsibility for external engagement and the brokering of research partnerships; academics interested in connecting their research more meaningfully with partner organisations able to benefit from it; lecturers concerned with student engagement and the development of citizenship, community engagement professionals and heads of partner organisations who want to build closer relationships with local academic institutions and those interested in knowledge exchange and the dissemination of research.

It is relevant for those working in Europe, The Americas, Africa, Asia or The Middle East.

How will participants learn?

The course is highly participative and built around the needs of its members. Using a case study approach to share examples from IDS in Sussex and the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton, it draws on a decade of experience working with higher education institutions around the world. It includes structured input, discussion and reflection, opportunities to work on material from home institutions and to join or develop networks of professionals.

Sessions will cover

  • histories of university external engagement across the world
  • institutional missions and their core priorities
  • the benefits for research of external partnerships and tools to develop and maintain these
  • opportunities for student engagement and developing new curricula
  • working in difficult or challenging circumstances of conflict or migration
  • networks for engagement and how to use them
  • case study examples from course participants and IDS’s long history of engaged excellence and co-produced research.

Follow-up support will be provided via an online seminar and two telephone mentoring sessions.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Have a deeper understanding of what is meant by community, social and public engagement
  • Understand the range of community, social and public engagement approaches and the challenges and advantages of each
  • Improve your home institution’s engagement strategy
  • Design curricula or research opportunities around the needs of your local community
  • Understand the importance of co-produced research and different forms of knowledge
  • Share new knowledge and research findings with diverse audiences in ways that they can understand and use.

Teaching team

Juliet Millican, IDS Research Associate IDS and consultant locally-based NGO The Lemon Tree Trust. Formerly Academic Director of The Community University Partnership Programme at The University of Brighton.

David Wolff, Director of The Community University Partnership Programme at The University of Brighton.

John Gaventa, IDS Director of Research

Jo Howard, IDS Research Fellow

Marjoke Oosterom, IDS Research Fellow

With virtual input from Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO chairs in Social Commitment in Higher Education.

Entry requirements

It is essential that participants have an interest in building stronger partnerships between higher education or research institutions and civil society or public sector bodies.

The course is taught in English. To derive the maximum benefit from the course, participants should be proficient in English and able to take an active part in discussions. Your English needs to be of an intermediate standard or higher; participants must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, or a Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR)score of B2 or above. 

Course fees

The course costs £1500 for five days, including lunches and refreshments, an evening group dinner, and course materials. It does not include accommodation.

Once you have received confirmation that your application has been approved, the fee must be paid in full before the course commences. There are no bursaries available. IDS Alumni may be eligible for a discount.

How to apply

Before applying please read our Terms and Conditions (pdf).

The application procedure is a three-stage process:

Stage 1: Apply by completing the online application form. Deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.

Stage 2: You will be notified by 6 July as to whether your application has been approved or not. Successful applicants will receive the Stage 2 application form and an invoice for the course fee. Places on the course are not guaranteed until fees have been received.

Stage 3: Once fees have been received, you will be sent confirmation of your place on the course and a letter to support your visa application (if required).

You are responsible for organising your own travel and visas (where needed). Information about local accommodation will be provided by the course coordinator once your fees have been processed. A limited number of study bedrooms at IDS are available for rent on a first come first served basis.

Bespoke versions of this course can also be planned and delivered in country for a single institution or group of institutions and partners, by arrangement. Please contact Leah Plati: for further information.


Image: 'Volunteers setting out for the day's work at dawn during a National Immunisation Days (NID) polio eradication campaign'. Credit: Panos / Nyani Quarmyne.