We are committed to forming strong links with community groups and voluntary sector organisations.
We have a key part to play in the heart of the city as a civic University.
Newcastle University wants to build more relationships with voluntary groups and social enterprises to help foster regional growth, sustainability and social mobility.
We continuously work to engage community groups across the North East and beyond. We reach out through our teaching, students, research and the Continued Professional Development we offer.
Contact us to find out how we can work together:
Tel: 0191 208 5925
Impact Accelerator Account
The Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) is funding to help extend the impact of social science research. Awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), it’s managed by our Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).
The IAA gives the University an opportunity to work with a number of external organisations to deliver wider social and economic benefits. New partners offer valuable experiences and expertise on a wide range of issues. They can help our researchers make a difference within communities both locally, nationally and internationally.
We also work with Durham University IAA. Please also check out our HaSS research blog too, where you will find up-to-date information on all sorts of projects that are happening with our research partners.
ESRC IAA Officer Eve Forrest
Daniel Mallo (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape) and SustransDaniel Mallo (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape) and Sustrans
The west end of Newcastle received some funding for the Sustrans DIY Streets Project. It was to help redesign the neighbourhood putting people back at their heart.
Through IAA funding, Newcastle researchers supported Sustrans’ work by strengthening community aspirations and sparking inspiration. Design workshops and events led to the creation of a temporary public/play space, which inspired them seek funding to build a Pocket Park.
Fenham Pocket Park opened in 2016. It used a £15,000 award from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
David Webb (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape) and the CHAT trustDavid Webb (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape) and the CHAT trust
David Webb from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, worked on the ‘Reclaim the Lanes’ project in the West End of Newcastle to transform back lanes and alleys. They become useable outdoor spaces for growing and socialising rather than forgotten, left over places.
The project began by focusing on young people which led to the co-design and co-painting of a mural on the wall and on the side of the CHAT trust building.
A positive outcome of the project was being able to engage with young people as well as parents.
The research found that where people could see their participation leading to tangible differences, it encouraged further input into the local community.
A workshop was held at Newcastle University in 2017, where all kinds of local organisations discussed how they could do a similar project.
More information and resources about the project is available.
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Dem Youth/Ticket to TalkDem Youth/Ticket to Talk
DemTalk is an online toolkit developed with the Alzheimer’s Society in 2013. It helps with effective communication between people living with dementia and those who care for them.
IAA funding helped develop a partnership between Youth Focus North East and Newcastle University researchers so that the perspectives and voices of young carers could be included into the toolkit.
Workshops with young carers were held to co-design, co-develop and evaluate the new service, and a new smartphone app with the DemTalk features has been developed, due for launch in 2017.
Dr Tony Young
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are primarily funded and managed by Innovate UK. They support organisations wanting to improve their offering by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities.
Seven StoriesSeven Stories
Seven Stories’ mission is to save, celebrate and share Britain’s rich literary heritage in children’s literature. They collaborated with Newcastle University via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to increase their appeal to adult and academic audiences.
- establishing a research led capability for collections management and exhibitions to help to appeal to wider audiences
- Seven Stories’ new knowledge and understanding applied to their Michael Morpurgo (author of War Horse) exhibition
- generated valuable research insight for Newcastle University
- the KTP was a flagship project of the Vital North Partnership collaboration
- a ground-breaking first ever KTP with a School of English Literature leading to other English Literature KTPs with Newcastle University
- shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Award for Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year
We have excellent connections with local employers, who provide work experience and graduate opportunities.
Read our case studies about student internships and involvement.
Internship with AGE UKInternship with AGE UK
What the role entailed
My internship at Age UK Newcastle has been centred around Marketing. I have been involved in updating existing marketing materials from national head office, renovating the internal and volunteer newsletter, Planning an afternoon tea party event, getting involved on the day and getting to know service users, organising a sponsored Zipslide over the River Tyne fundraiser and producing marketing materials, Creating marketing materials for national Legacy Campaign and ‘Will Day’, managing social network sites, attending conferences from the council and running a volunteer stand at Newcastle University Students Union / baking cakes to give out.
The skills I developed as a direct result of this internship
I feel this internship has helped me to enhance my skills in communication, community awareness of the charity sector, working autonomously and under pressure and problem solving. I have also improved my knowledge of different software and IT, including Brandbank, Google Analytics, Alphagraphics.
How this internship impacted on my overall university experience
My internship at Age UK Newcastle has given me much more confidence in the application process for jobs and has helped me to find a placement for my third year at university. Through it, I have completed the Ncl+ award, which has really enhanced my CV and LinkedIn account. I have really enjoyed working in the office and have made such great relationships with everybody there, I am dreading the end of my placement! It will definitely be a major highlight from my university experience after I graduate.
How my internship has helped me prepare for my future career
My internship has enabled me to gain experience in a professional office environment, which is really important when looking for graduate jobs. It has given me a better idea about what I want to do when I finish my studies, and equipped me with many different transferable skills to take with me to employment. It has really boosted my confidence through all of the lovely feedback I have received and I now have a better awareness of what a marketing role entails.
Open Air Laboratories ProjectOpen Air Laboratories Project
The Open Air Laboratories Project (OPAL) is a Big Lottery-backed, award winning, Newcastle University-based citizen-science project.
It aims to provide a unique learning experience to people of all ages and abilities, across all areas of the community.
OPAL teams across the country work with local schools, charities and businesses Their aim is to get people back in touch with nature.
We are proud of empowering people with the skills and confidence to take part in research projects. These projects feed data to national scientific surveys allied to our improved understanding of water/air quality, tree health, bugs and biodiversity, hedgerows, soil vitality and earthworms.
One of our key goals is to assist with the re-insertion of the University’s activities into the local community.
Over the past two years we worked with Newcastle College to enhance the employability skills of their students.
The partnership began when a new OPAL community scientist contacted various organisations, businesses and charities in the region. Newcastle College showed immediate interest in working with OPAL here at Newcastle University. We arranged meetings to discuss exactly what our programme could offer the college and its students. This was to ensure our team could fulfil the needs and surpass the expectations of the college.
We are now entering the third year of our partnership. It has seen both parties develop a successful working relationship. This has been beneficial to all involved, especially to the regional community as a whole.
Many of the students we work with have not had the best start on the career ladder. They have often left school with few GCSE qualifications and little job experience, resulting in limited prospects.
We use the OPAL toolbox to empower some of these young adults by providing them with fundamental employability skills. These open the door for them to explore a range of career opportunities.
We have engaged young adults from a diverse range of backgrounds to gain a greater appreciation of their natural environment. This has allowed us to discuss what employers will expect of prospective employees and to develop baseline skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, analytical skills and communication. We strongly encourage the development of skills through activity-based programmes. For students who struggle to engage in the classroom, these outdoor activity sessions are a welcome escape, in which they can build skills and the confidence they need to progress into a career.
All surveys are available to download from our website.
Jonathan Smith (OPAL-NE Community Scientist)
All surveys are available to download from our website.