Creating Connections 6
Wednesday November 13th, from 6 – 8pm
UCL Academy, Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3AQ (nearest tube: Swiss Cottage).
Book a place here.
Creating Connections brings together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations, with the aim of finding ways to work together. Creating Connections 6 is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, Camden Shares and The UCL Academy.
November’s event will take place at the UCL Academy giving you a chance to meet Academy staff, explore possible collaborations and have a guided tour of the architecturally innovative school space. Please arrive by 5.30pm if you would like a guided tour. Discussion will start at 6pm.
If you have an idea for how UCL, The UCL Academy and London’s communities can work more closely together, or are just curious about how to get started, then make sure that you book a place. There will be lots of opportunities to meet people with whom you can collaborate, and you’ll hear about successful projects that have already taken place. The evening will be a mix of themed discussions in small groups with more informal chit chat.
The discussion themes are intended as a starting point for sharing ideas and making those connections. For November, these will include:
What can universities, schools and community organisations do to enhance social mobility? Are there different approaches to this, and what are their merits? What are the barriers and what can we do about them? What can research into social mobility tell us?
Data collection, sharing and use
We are collecting ever increasing amounts of data – but how do we connect this up to ensure that we’re really addressing the problems that need tackling? What new technologies will help us measure our impact? What should the limits on data sharing be? What is the potential of electronic health records?
Tackling social isolation
How do we work together to tackle the problems of social isolation in a joined up manner? What role do initiatives like Timebanking and volunteering have to play? What role can new technologies play in tackling social isolation? What can universities and schools do? What does the research show? What is the role for social landlords in this?
Building and public space design
UCL Academy’s innovative architecture and use of space is helping them create the kind of school community they want to be – what can we all learn from this? How can organisations make better use of their existing buildings and environs? How can we create better environments for learning, for working, and for our clients and members? What’s the connection between public space and well-being?
Social media for social good
How can we use social media to mobilise people to make positive change or as a tool for change in itself? How do our ideas of the common good translate into the world of social media? Do different communities use social media differently? Are we at risk of excluding communities who don’t use or have access to social media?
Interaction between formal & informal education
What can universities and schools learn from youth work organisations – and vice versa? What areas for collaboration are there? How do we foster communities in which achievement of many different kinds is recognised and rewarded? Where do we find our mentors and how do we support them in their work?
Note that these themes are intended as a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with – and are intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between.
To book your place, visit uclu.org/forms/creating-connections-6-registration
What people said about the previous Creating Connections:
‘The Creating Connections event was an inspired approach to opening up differing worlds to the opportunities to be found within collaboration and partnership working. It was definitely worth my time in attending and I would recommend it to colleagues.’
Sarah Elie, Executive Director, Somers Town Community Association.
‘Creating Connections provided a great forum to meet with community representatives, third sector organisations and like-minded academics. The connections I made were really useful in honing down which community organisations might be interested in partnering with our research and thinking about how to involve particular groups in different aspects of our research programme.’
Dr Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director , UCL Museums & Collections
‘The event allowed UCL researchers to learn more about the needs of Camden and opened new relationships to turn ideas into high impact projects. It was the first step of a fascinating journey to match UCL resources to the needs of the community.’ Bernardo Alvares, PhD Student, Department of Immunology.
‘I enjoyed the event and the variety of people to network and chat with.’
Samantha Dodd, Camden Borough Council
‘The Creating Connections event was instrumental in putting our group in contact with Camden community centres. In this way, we exchanged contact addresses and were able to set up visits. So far we have visited three centres: St. Pancras, Somers Town, and Mary Ward. Each reaches different segments of the community and will require different sorts of engagement, and we are in the process of designing and developing small workshops and ‘learning packages’ that will serve as ‘tasters’ to give us feedback concerning what works best, where.’ Professor Elizabeth Graham, Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology, UCL
‘I thought the event was really well facilitated – a great mix of direction mixed with letting the conversations flow. At least 2 of the contacts I made have gone on to help us with project delivery’
Zoë Hammerstone, Timebank