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Civic Engagement

All over the world, University of East London students are making a real difference to people's lives while enriching their own learning experience.

The newly formed Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement (OPRE) is the gateway into UEL for external organisations to connect to our research activity and Community Connections projects.

OPRE is focused on developing UEL’s research capabilities, community engagement and public engagement activity, whilst raising awareness of the impact of this research through sharing the knowledge gained with our local and global communities.

OPRE hosts UEL’s Community Consultative Forum, a group consisting of members representing Newham’s public, private, voluntary and community sectors, where members meet to agree on and co-deliver impactful activities that address identified needs.

If you would like to know more about the CCF and to find out more about membership please email: civic.Engagement@uel.ac.uk

If you are interested in connecting your organisation to UEL’s community engagement and research activities, and accessing our students, academics, research knowledge and expertise to identify and meet local challenges, please do get in touch. We are very open to working in established ways or identifying new project areas and activities that will be of mutual benefit.

Please contact the Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement on this email address: civic.engagement@uel.ac.uk

Background to the Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement

The Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement at the University of East London provides a framework of support for researchers at all levels and in all of our academic schools: Arts & Creative Industries, Architecture, Computing & Engineering, Business & Law, Education & Communities, Health, Sport & Bioscience, and Psychology.

We promote impact-led, responsive research, and coordinate activities including pre- and post-award project funding management, civic and public engagement with research, institutional responses to research excellence and knowledge exchange frameworks, and a year-round researcher development programme which enhances capability and confidence in our doctoral and early-career researchers.

We provide a research ethics function, ensuring that research projects are conducted with integrity and rigour. In addition, we deliver regular research and knowledge exchange events including the doctoral 3 Minute Thesis Competition and ‘Research Is Open’ conference, with a view to promoting a cross-disciplinary research culture.