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

TSRF logoIn light of the ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, Policy Scotland/TSRF has rescheduled the event 'Why Work Together?: Lessons from academic and third sector collaborations' originally scheduled for 6 April to 8 September.

The event will still take place from 10 am to 1 pm at The Lighthouse in Glasgow city centre, now on Tuesday 8 September.

As this event is currently running a waitlist, if you are now unable to attend please cancel your registration via Eventbrite.

Thank you for your flexibility, and we look forward to welcoming you on 8 September.


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 2020 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. 

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.

First event

Why Work Together?: Lessons from academic and third sector collaborations
A Policy Scotland and Third Sector Research Forum learning event
6 April 2020, 10 am to 1 pm  Postponed until 8 September 
The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Join us for the first of three collaborative learning events in the Policy Scotland and Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum series “Learning Together: The possibilities and practicalities of academic and third sector collaboration”.

In this first event,

  • three early career researchers will share their experience undertaking collaborative research with third sector organisations in a variety of ways. They will share some key considerations for undertaking this type of research, their challenges, successes and lessons learned.
  • We will also share some useful information for third sector attendees about some existing programmes to begin or strengthen your engagement with academic partners. 
  • At the end of this event, we hope you will walk away with a better understanding of the processes, considerations, and benefits of collaborative research between third sector organisations and academic partners.

Who is this event for?

This event has been crafted with both academics and members of the third sector in mind. Specifically, we hope to reach academics who work to connect students with third sector organisations for their projects, postgraduate academic advisors, postgraduate students and other academics who have an interest in working with third sector partners. This event will be of interest to third sector organisations looking to develop research projects with an academic partner, or for those who want to know more about how research can positively impact their work.

Following the presentations, there will be ample time for discussion as well as networking opportunities. This event is funded by Policy Scotland and is free to attend. Lunch will be provided.

To register for this event please do so via Eventbrite:

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Weakley ( If she is unable please contact Jane Marryat (

We look forward to welcoming you to the event!

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