Does your research have a civic angle?

Posted in: Local and civic engagement, Our Shared Future

As part of our ongoing work to demonstrate the value that the University adds to our local area, we are auditing research and research-related activity that has civic value.

In this context our 'local area' refers to Banes, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset and South Glocestershire.

We would love to hear about any research projects that:

  • Involve local people or groups in research
  • Involve working with local charities, schools, public bodies or other civic organisations
  • Have a direct focus on or implication for a local issue

We would also like to know if you have work you're doing specifically with Bath and North East Somerset council.

Please contact Katrina Kelly, Head of Community Engagement on before 31 August 2023 to ensure your work is included in this audit.

Thank you!

Posted in: Local and civic engagement, Our Shared Future


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  • There is significant regional interest and collaboration in hydrogen research. This includes the national UK-HyRES hydrogen research hub based at the University, a Prosperity Partnership on hydrogen storage (“ZENITH”) with GKN Aerospace in Bristol and a Place Based Impact Acceleration Account (“GW-SHIFT”) to establish a hydrogen impact cluster in the South West. Primary funding for all of these is from the EPSRC with significant additional support from industrial partners in the South West and civic bodies including the Western Gateway and the West of England Combined Authority.

  • I have received funding from Avon and Wiltshire Partnership to do research focusing on the detention of people living with dementia under the Mental Health Act 1983. Government policy has focused on the need to reduce rates of detention but so far researchers have neglected the needs of this group. Our project is informed by advisory groups of older adults with dementia (recruited through a national dementia organisation) as well as consultation with mental health professionals and carers in the local area.

  • I've just put in an outline research bid with Dorothy House Hospice, Bath City Football Club Foundation, Bath City Farm and AgeUK Bath. If this gets funded, great! If not, then this is a really positive group that I'd like us to work with, to develop community based support on end of life issues in an accessible and non-intimidating way