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Civic Engagement Fund 2016-2017

The Civic Engagement Fund supports hands-on projects that have a real impact on our communities. Much of the work is local, but the opportunities are wide-ranging.

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Civic Engagement Fund 2017

The Civic Engagement Fund supports hands-on projects that
have real impact on our communities. Much of the work is local, but the
opportunities are wide-ranging.-ranging.


The Seaside

The Seaside Heritage Compendium
project is a collaboration between UEL and a social enterprise organisation
based in Southend-on-Sea, the Cultural Engine CIC. Part of a bigger project
'Resorting to the Coast', focusing on public engagement with the heritage and
cultural history of the Tendring Coastal Towns – Harwich/Dovercourt,
Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton, Jaywick and Clacton, the project will conceptually
design a compendium providing access to comprehensive materials covering the
history of resort and seaside growth of the Coastal Towns.

Exploring the role
of dance, as a form of fitness, to tackle the rise of obesity in young people

The UEL Dance Collective will
work in conjunction with the BSc (Hons) Public Health and BSc (Hons) Health
Promotion students to deliver this project. Tackling the obesity crisis within
schools will involve Public Health students working alongside the UEL Dance
Collective to create a series of marketing, promoting and performing tools,
reflecting the health benefits of dance. This project will be delivered in a
range of schools/colleges in Newham and Waltham Forest. The culmination of this
project will be presented at the annual Dance festival COLLIDE in May, at
Stratford Circus as well as being presented at Lister Community School and
Leyton Sixth Form College.

EVC Institute @ UEL
(A 5-day community enquiry programme)

The EVC Institute at UEL is
conceived as an intensive, five day experience of making media, civic
reflection and curriculum development. UEL PGCE students will develop
project based facilitation strategies designed to build their young pupils'
digital and print literacy, critical thinking and group collaboration
skills.    Using the Educational Video Centre's Youth Powered
Video Curriculum the EVC Institute @ UEL will offer student teachers a
critically engaged professional workshop and coaching programme where they will
learn to collaboratively produce their own documentary video as well as develop
strategies for facilitating a project-based enquiry process with their own
students in response to community issues. This project will support educators
to develop the knowledge, skills and practices to use media as a tool for
exploring poverty, race and civic engagement in their own classrooms – and
impact on the communities in which they work.

Tate Lives:
Community Engagement Salvaging the Oral History of the Tate Institute

The aim of this project will be
to salvage, document and preserve the community history of the Tate Institute
in Silvertown.  The Institute was established by Henry Tate in 1887 as a
secular social venue for his sugar workers. This project will employ a
rescue/salvage archaeology approach to documenting and recording the social
history of the Institute with a special emphasis on the built environment and
its cultural and community impact.  Historically the Institute has played
a very important role in the social life of the area and this project will
enable its lasting legacy to be documented, recorded and shared in a travelling
exhibition and short video documentary.

Supporting Refugees
into Higher Education: A Research Hub for London

This project will support the
initiative to start a refugee access to HE programme within UEL.  The
University is currently partnering in an Erasmus+ funded programme with the
Central European University in Budapest and others to provide access to higher
education for refugees and asylum seekers. This includes a series of five
courses of 10-week Saturday workshops, beginning in April 2017. The aim of
this project first and foremost will be to create an online Research Hub
in London for refugees and migrants.  This will act as an online hub for
refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK and provide peer reviewed, current
and relevant materials for refugees and asylum seekers who wish to seek higher
education opportunities within the UK.


2017 is the 70th anniversary of
the partition of India. The legacy of partition has had a profound impact on
the lives and identities of many UEL students, and the ramifications for wider
global and local politics are evidenced in news reports daily. This project
will allow students an opportunity to research both the moment of partition
itself and its legacy in communities in east London. Students will work with
renowned cultural producer Anwar Akthar of The Samosa
to make two films documenting the legacies of partition and posing
questions about the future of diversity in London.

Believing in Me

'Believing in Me' will bring
together students from the Cass School of Education and Communities, the School
of Arts and Digital Industries and young care leavers from Barnardo's. 
This offers an opportunity for UEL students to work with young people from the
local community in a mutually beneficial project, facilitating work-based
learning for students and opening up a route for young care leavers to learn
about Higher Education for themselves.  'Believing in Me' will enable UEL
students to meet with local young care leavers and assist them in the
co-creation of their own enabling stories.  The project will culminate in
a mobile exhibition of collaborative work (photographic and short biographies),
curated by the participants themselves.  

Creative Wave

Urban AdPocket is the working
name for an in-house student-led advertising agency that provides advertising
and communications solutions to local start-ups and charities in the east
London area. Stemming from test-bed projects that we have implemented this
academic year, Urban AdPocket hopes to build on our success by investing in the
BA Advertising's civic engagement initiatives and developing them into a
functioning agency that boosts our students' employability and engagement. The
idea is to work with communities that usually cannot afford to employ
advertising agencies, such as local charities and new businesses, and deploy
students to come up with innovative advertising ideas on a pro bono basis.

Untold Stories

Untold Stories (US) uses
Digital Storytelling as a means to draw together UEL, the Salvation Army
Housing Association's (SAHA) Open Talent
Programme and DigiTales,  a research based
company hosted by Goldsmiths to undertake an integrated programme of Digital
Storytelling work that stands to benefit students and staff, create new links
to a high-profile community partner and showcase completed work to an
international audience at the Untold Conference in July 2017. Digital
Storytelling refers to a workshop-based process enabling people with little or
no experience of media production to acquire the skills needed to create a
short film using imagery from their personal archive.

The Groundbreakers:
Excavating history at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The aim of this project is to
research and find records, museum and archaeology collections to document the
history of the site of the new Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in Stratford.
This is part of a major heritage project to create trails and publications to
interpret the history of the park to a wide audience and create research
resources for anyone interested in the history of the site of London's newest
park. The studentships will involve visiting local and national archive
collections, noting and collating relevant materials and interviewing project
partners and experts. Findings will be summarised and collated in an annotated
bibliography which can be used by future researchers (and members of public)
for history-based projects.