It can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task knowing where to begin with community-university partnerships (CUPs), and it’s easy to get put off by the hurdles or problems before you even get to considering solutions. So, we have put together a selection of information which we hope might make things easier!
Written by community partners, or academics, or spotted as we met with people doing similar types of partnership work here and abroad, they all focus on setting up or maintaining good, strong partnerships that benefit all those involved.
Some of the issues that community partners have raised in the past are listed below, if you identify with any of them then read on as you might find the solution you’re looking for.
- Negotiating different cultures
- Agreeing and managing expectations
- The balance of power and equity
- Funding and capacity
- General communications
- Using student placements effectively
We’re keen to build on these resources – so if you have or know of any further information sources, flag them up to us via our 'Connect with us' section.
- Beginners' guide
- Getting Started: A 10-step guide to getting started
Ways to make contact with potential academic partners:12 simple steps to start connecting with universities
Glossary of Terms: Not sure of some of the terms used? Start here!
- Solving & resolving issues
Potential Problems - pitfalls and what to watch out for: You may not hit any of these, but it’s a good idea to be aware
Understanding impact from a university perspective: A great video by community partner, Steve Pool
- Working in partnerships
- The Context for Community-University Partnerships Sophie Duncan, NCCPE
See the NCCPE general guide to working in partnerships here.
Principles of Practice for community-university partnership working: This draft document is intended to equip all parties in community-university partnerships with clear foundations for clarifying expectations on which to build their working relationship. Please let us know what you think!
Ethics in Community Based Participatory Research: Case Studies, Examples and Commentaries: A useful overview, produced by Durham University and the NCCPE
Community Based Participatory Research: a guide to ethical principles and practice: Accompanying guide to the above report
- Understanding the background to CUPs
- Setting the Scene: The Second Community Partner Summit 2013 Briefing Paper
Setting the Scene: The First Community Partner Summit 2012 Briefing Paper
Building Community-University Partnership Resilience: Sophie Duncan and Kim Aumann
I wish I had a Community Partner Coach before I started out doing Community Based Participatory Research: Ann-Gel Palermo, Community Activist Researcher, Chair of Harlem Community and Academic Partnership, New York City and Board member for Community Campus Partnership for Health
Influencing National Policy and Practice: Ann-Gel Palermo, a policy analysis and advocacy cycle tool
UKCPN Field Trip Summary: Connections made with similar movements further afield
- Other resources
- We don't believe you want a genuine partnership: Universities work with communities: This report draws on one part of a large five-University project on ‘knowledge transfer’ from Universities to the community around urban regeneration.