Samverkan med civilsamhället/Engaging civil society

Webinarium med University of Birmingham

Civilsamhället utgör en viktig men inte alltid uppmärksammad partner inom samverkansområdet. Den 21/6 bjöd UniLink in till ett webinarium där forskare från University of Birmingham delade erfarenheter från samverkan med den 'fjärde sektorn'.

Runt 20 deltagare, övervägande från universitetsvärlden, lyssnade till presentationerna som spände över universitetets strategiska arbete med civilsamhällessamverkan, till exempel på projekt och arbetssätt. Även perspektiv från den ideella sektorn presenterades. Sessionen avslutades med diskussion i mindre grupper.


Nedan finns programbeskrivning samt talarlista (på engelska). En inspelning av presentationerna görs tillgänglig framöver.


Civil society is active in all areas of life, making it relevant to all aspects of University life. Whether we think about a University’s civic mission, its role as an anchor institution within local economies, or more broadly its teaching, research and impact agendas then there are clear reasons for and opportunities to engage with civil society organisations. However, while there are lots of opportunities for engaging with civil society, there are also challenges. Universities can be daunting to approach, and the timescales that academics often work to can feel at odds with the pace of activity within many civil society organisations. Equally, civil society is vast and diverse, making it hard for academics and those within University-based engagement roles to know where to start in terms of building relationships.

This introductory session will share learning from colleagues at the University of Birmingham on building collaborative relationships with civil society organisations. It will be relevant to people working in engagement roles as well as academics from across a range of disciplines.

Outline agenda (BST time):

13:00-13:05 Welcome and introductions
13:05-13:15 A whole-university approach: Examples of engagement from across the University of Birmingham
                          Professor Robin Miller
13:15-13:30 Embedding engagement: Building meaningful relationships through the Third Sector Research Centre
                          Dr Angela Ellis Paine
13:30-13:45 Meaningful research: Developing participatory approaches with civil society organisations
                         Dr Kelly Hall
13:45-14:00 Views from the others side: How BVSC engages with the University of Birmingham
                         Sophie Wilson
14:00-14:30 Questions, answers and discussion

About the speakers:
Professor Robin Milleris an applied academic with an international reputation in relation to integration, leadership and implementation within health and social care. He isDirector of Global Engagement for the College of Social Sciences within the University of Birmingham.
Dr Angela Ellis Paineis a Research Fellow within the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She has been undertaking research with, on and for voluntary and community organisations for over 20 years.
Dr Kelly Hallis a Reader in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham and is the School’s Director of Global Engagement. Her main research interests include ageing, health/social care, migration and the third sector, with a particular interest in social enterprise.
Sophie Wilsonis the Director ofBVSC Research. She has worked in the voluntary sector for many years, in a number of different organisations and roles. As Director of Research atBVSCshe oversees the research and evaluation work that the organisation carries out for, about and with the voluntary sector.