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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Conference 2010

'Community-University Collaborations: Exploring Models, Sharing Good Practice'

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September 2010, Holgate House, Grey College, Durham University

The first community-university collaborations conference to be held in Durham was co-hosted by CSJCA and welcomed over one hundred people from all sectors over two days. Day 2 of the conference was hosted by CSJCA and focused specifically on the topic of community-based well-being research. The conference offered a range of creative collaborations presented in diverse ways - key note speakers, workshops, interactive showcases, community led presentations and university perspectives. Evaluations of the conference were positive and encouraging, with many wishing to make it an annual event,

"very interesting to hear other experiences and learn something along the way"

"most useful was the diversity of participants and perspectives, the balance of dialogue, the mixture of delivery"

"it would be useful if this conference was repeated as an annual event"

"I enjoyed the time and space for discussion, networking and comment"

"The showcase was excellent, with really diverse examples"

Effective community or public engagement  is increasingly recognised as vital for the future of the higher education sector.  Durham is one of a number of universities working collaboratively with others to tackle this agenda in new and imaginative ways, with the aim of enhancing the positive benefit of universities to society - economically, socially and culturally.  There are many different forms of engagement and this two-day conference articulated and explored the models and assumptions underlying some of these.  It brought together university and community representatives to showcase and share examples of good practice and to inform and foster new ones.  In the process, we reflected on the changing nature of the relationship between universities and wider society - regionally, nationally and internationally.

Key Note Speakers

Alison Mathie, Coady Institute / St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia

Angie Hart, University of Brighton

Angie Hart

Conference Programme (with links to presentations and papers)

Day 1 - Thursday, 9th September 2010

11.00 Coffee and registration

11:30-12.00 - Welcome and introductions

Andrew Russell: 'Community engagement at Durham - engaging the whole university'
Sarah Banks and Rachel Pain: 'BeaconNE and the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action - promoting co-inquiry in participatory research''

12-12:30 - Raising key issues - Panel of Gary Craig, Sue Shaw, Maurice Clarkson, Kathleen Carter and Kye Askins, chaired by Rachel Pain.

12:30-13.00  Discussion 

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-15.00 Keynote Address - Alison Mathie, Coady Institute / St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia  (Holgate Room)

'"They will use what they have to secure what they have not":  The Coady Institute's experience of education for active citizenship in an international context'.

15.00 - 15.20  Tea and coffee

15.20-17.30 Workshops

Andrew Orton - "Engaging successfully with voluntary and community organisations: what academics need to know"

Mike White - "Arts development in community health: a social tonic"

Paul Bagshaw/Chris Carroll, Common Ground - "Walking with Durham University: shared perspectives on asylum"

Emmanuelle Sauvage  (University of Evry Val d'Essonne - Ueve) and Bénédicte Halba  (Institute for Research and Information on Volunteering - Paris) - "Valuing experience beyond the university"

Oli Gregory  (Durham University/National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement) - "Student volunteering at Durham University"

Lesley Scott and Jason Scott  (CETL4HealthNE) - "People with experience: health and social care education putting people first"

Katie Metcalfe (Team Durham - Community) - "Sports Universities North East England: re-setting the goalposts"

17.30-19.00 Wine and interactive showcasing (Junior Common Room)

A relaxed opportunity to find out more about the fruits of Community-University collaborations in the North East.  Showcasing presenters included:

Mandy English (County Durham DAAT):  The road to Low Newton

Karen Lowing (School of Education, Communications and Language Sciences, Newcastle):  Regional languages in the classroom

Lorraine Coghill/Emma Bennett (NETPark, Sedgefield):  NETPark explained

Steve Robertson (ROBUST project, Durham):  Wastes as resources

Mike White (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham):  Tilery School lanterns events

Liz Charles (Durham Rural Community Council):  Local food and sustainability

Felicity Shenton (Investing in Children)

Lesley Scott (CETL4HealthNE)

Jenny Search (British Steel Archives Project, Teesside)

Kate Hudson/Tanya Hutchinson (BeaconNE)


Day 2 - Friday, 10th September 2010

09.00 - 09.30  Coffee and Registration

09.30 -10.30 Keynote Address - Angie Hart, University of Brighton

'Academics and community partners researching well-being: What's the point of doing it together?'

10.30 - 11.00 Tea and Coffee

 11.00 - 12.20  Papers and discussion

 Helen Charnley, Durham University and members of Full Circle from ARC, Stockton - 'Community-based research with adults with learning difficulties'

Janaka Jayawickrama, Northumbria University - 'Community mental health and well-being: a case study'

Jackie Haq MBE, Newcastle University/SPEAKS - 'How can engagement promote community wellbeing? Evidence from participatory action research'

Felicity Shenton, Darren Howell, Leah Fletcher and Melissa Stamp, Investing in Children, ­-  'The stigma of mental health for children and young people'

12.20 - 13.10 Lunch

13.10 - 14.10 Workshop

Kim Aumann, Amaze and BoingBoing, and Angie Hart, Brighton University  - "How communities of practice are helping shape health and wellbeing practice and research with and for children, young people and their families"

14.10 - 15.30 Roundtable

A small group discussion of key issues from the morning presentations, followed by a plenary roundtable on issues arising and future actions/activities planned.


Maggie O 'Neill

Chris Carroll

Andrea Armstrong

Sarah Banks



Kim Aumann, Amaze and BoingBoing, Day 2 workshop with Angie Hart


Leah Fletcher and Melissa Stamp from Investing in Children