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Learning together: The possibilities and practicalities of academic and third sector collaboration

TSRF is delighted to be working with Policy Scotland in 2020 to deliver a series of free events: Learning together: The possibilities and practicalities of academic and third sector collaboration

The aim of this series is for academics and those working in the third sector who are interested in doing and/or using third sector research to explore issues and celebrate success in collaborative relationships.

Three half-day morning events are planned for April, June, and October 2020 in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

The events are funded by Policy Scotland and are free to attend by

  • people working in third sector organisations with research roles/responsibilities and academics working or interested in working with the third sector - in particular we hope to reach smaller TSOs who may not have engaged with us before
  • academics at any stage of their career who have worked/would like to work with third sector organisations for their research projects.
The first event aims to learn more about research students/early career researchers' collaborations with third sector will be in April in Glasgow. Please see our call for speakers below.

Booking information will be available at the beginning of March.

Call for Speakers for Scottish Third Sector Research Forum/Policy Scotland Event series on third sector research collaborations April 2020 (Research students/Early Career Researchers)

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum, in collaboration with Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow, is organising a series of half-day events in 2020 that will explore the many facets of third sector and academic collaborations. Learning together: The possibilities and practicalities of academic and third sector collaboration will kick off in early April 2020 and we are looking for speakers to share their experience in organising, undertaking and disseminating research in collaboration with a third sector organisation.

The aim of this event is to showcase the experience of MSc, PhD or Postdoc/Early Career Researchers who collaborated with a third sector organisation for their projects. Researchers will share some of their key considerations and issues when undertaking this work, and share the impact of this collaboration on the outcomes of their research.

We would like to highlight the work of 2 researchers and, if possible, a representative of the third sector organisation that hosted these researchers so we can hear from both aspects of the project.

The event will be in Glasgow on the morning of 6 or 7 April.

If you would like to present your research please send an email to Sarah Weakley at Policy Scotland (University of Glasgow) at by 18 February 2020. Please write a short paragraph summarising your project (with a link to your partner organisation and any links of project outputs if you have them) and include 2 or 3 key lessons learned in the collaboration process.

We look forward to learning about a variety of third sector collaborations from your submissions!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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