The inaugural Professor Sir David Watson Award for Community-University Partnerships was presented to a Cardiff University project at the NCCPE's Engage Conference last week.
The award, launched this year in memory of the University of Brighton’s former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Watson, recognises the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference in the lives of people in their shared community.
The winning project, Cardiff University’s Community Gateway, works with residents and local organisations to help make the city’s Grangetown district an even better place to live and work by developing world class research, teaching and volunteering opportunities which respond to residents’ ideas.
Professor Debra Humphris, University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, said: “The quality of submissions for the award was exceptional and I congratulate all those who entered. It is heartwarming to see the growth in university-community partnerships.
“Community Gateway is a fantastic project and a worthy recipient of the award. Its aims dovetail perfectly with Sir David’s ethos of universities working with communities to improve people’s lives.”
Sir David, who died in 2015, created the University of Brighton’s award-winning Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) which has supported scores of partnership projects over the past 12 years. The new award is hosted at the University of Brighton in Sir David’s memory.