CUPI funded partnerships

Take a look at the research partnerships successful in receiving 'thinking funding' from the NCCPE's CUPI project.

The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) awarded ‘thinking funding’ to 28 partnerships over 4 pilot match events in 2018. Take a look below to see an overview of the partnerships that have developed through the CUPI process:


  • An evaluation of meaningful dialogue in sound and movement practices with children with complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): aboutNOWish & UWE


  • Steps to Equality – a secondary data analysis of the 2018 Government LGBT survey: LGBT Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Evaluation of nature based interventions at Dutch Farm – a collaborative approach to assessing physical and mental health: YMCA Liverpool and University of Central Lancashire
  • Impact of long-term exposure to media narratives on Muslim identity formation: The Flowhesion Foundation and University of Chester
  • Measuring community development for young people with autism and their families: Future Directions and University of Manchester
  • Exploring the Potential for Fusing Approaches to Realise Community Capacity in North West England: MadLab and University of Central Lancashire
  • Concept testing; REACH Homes CIC/Sheffield University Urban Studies & Planning: Reach Homes and Sheffield University

Newham, London

  • Mentoring links to social mobility and civic interventions: The BIG Alliance and Royal Holloway University of London
  • Developing a new community university partnership which aims to evaluate the social impact of intergenerational community eating events for older people in inner London: Be Enriched and University College London
  • Examining long term associations between the educational participation and social mobility of 'service users' from three different community groups in East London: Newham Community Programme, ELBA, London Stadium Learning and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • Exploring whether a community university partnership can be initiated to promote research into Green Candles dance activities for older people: Green Candle Dance Company  and University College London


  • Making mothers: Craftspace and Birmingham City University

Find out more

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