UEL awards £100,000 to 15 Civic Engagement Fund and London Scholars projects
Projects will allow students to engage with and address problems in local communities
The University of East London (UEL) has selected 15 innovative projects to receive nearly £100,000 in funding from its Civic Engagement Fund and London Scholars programme.
Over the next six months, University students will use dance to tackle obesity among young people, document the history of the Olympic Park site in Stratford, mentor at-risk young people on wilderness treks and much more.
The projects will provide students with opportunities to apply their learning in real-world settings, develop networks and skills and work in collaboration with University staff, other students and external partners.
Gail May, UEL’s interim Director of Civic Engagement, said, “We are delighted to be able to support such a broad range of exciting projects that will continue to build external partnerships and offer our students the chance to develop their skills and understanding in a real world context.
“I would like to thank all those who applied for their interest and especially those who are giving their time to lead the successful projects.”
The Civic Engagement Fund supports hands-on project which engage with or positively impact local communities. Proposals are eligible for up to £5,000 in funding.
London Scholars projects are overseen by UEL’s Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business and may be awarded up to £10,000. These projects offer opportunities for students to develop their research skills while examining and addressing some of London’s most pressing problems.
Dr Jana Javornik, acting Director of the Noon Centre, said, “The Civic Engagement and London Scholars programmes seek to develop students beyond their traditional degree programmes.
“The range of exciting projects this year hone the skills and capabilities of students to enhance their chances of making a difference to their communities, crossing divides and thriving in multiple cultures, creating solutions for local and global challenges, growing social networks and effectively developing successful careers.”
Civic engagement and learning by doing are core features of the UEL experience, and all students are encouraged to become involved with projects that benefit local, national and international communities.
For more information on Civic Engagement Fund and London Scholars projects, please visit the Civic Engagement section of UEL’s website.