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  • Southampton Youth Offending Service

    Name: Southampton Youth Offending Service

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: We are looking to firm up some ideas but have 2 proposals we'd like to explore further. Firstly, we have utilised Art as a proactive means of acheiving positive outcomes with young people and would be keen for further research into efficacy of this approach. Secondly, we are in the process of developing restorative practices with partners elsewhere in the city and would be keen on reviewing the impact of training we have provided others and are about to undertake. We are open to suggestions about developing these ideas currently

  • The Scout Association

    The Scout Association

    Name: The Scout Association

    Project category: Equality & inclusion

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The Scout Association develops skills for life in over 460,000 young people across the UK, supported by nearly 200,000 adult volunteers. However we face a number of challenges in ensuring our everyday adventure is available to everyone, no matter what their background. We want to change that by understanding the lived experience of underrepresented groups in Scouting so that we can remove any systemic or cultural barriers that they face when joining, staying, leading and mixing within our Movement. We are looking for research into the lived experience to adults and young people in Scouting who self-define as women, black, LGBT or disabled.

  • Canal and River Trust

    Canal and River Trust

    Name: Canal and River Trust

    Project category: Arts, culture, heritage

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The Waterways Archive is the single biggest gathering of historic records relating to the UK’s inland waterways in the country. As such it is a collection of international significance. The archive tells the story of Britain’s canals, the role they played in the industrial revolution, their decline and eventual restoration. It remains a relatively underexploited resource so far as academic research is concerned and there are a whole range of different dissertations that could be constructed using it. Research using the Waterways Archive has the potential to:

    • Contribute to our understanding of the evolution of industrial and transport history.
    • Give us an insight into the development, restoration and renewal of the industrial and natural environment.
    • Contribute to the sustainability of our inland waterways and their built heritage.

  • Sustainable Land Trust

    Name: Sustainable Land Trust

    Project category: Sustainability

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Development of suitable set of indicators to show the organisation's impacts on ecosystem services and benefits to health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

  • Investigating the impact of aluminium pollution on the Aire & Calder Canal

    Investigating the impact of aluminium pollution on the Aire & Calder Canal

    Name: Canal & River Trust

    Project category: Environment

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: We’re looking for a student to carry out a water quality study into the impact of aluminium pollution on the Aire & Calder Canal, and then investigate feasible mitigation or treatment methods.

  • Central Licensing Team, Metropolitan Police Service

    Name: Central Licensing Team, Metropolitan Police Service

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Research and analysis of the role of a welfare officer in licenced premises with a conclusion of whether they are effective.

  • NUS – sustainability in prisons

    NUS – sustainability in prisons

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Sustainability

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Mapping civic society engagement in the sustainability of prisons

  • London Borough of Croydon

    Name: London Borough of Croydon

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Social Value Evaluation Research Project 

    Project has two key aims: 
    a) Review and report on the effectiveness of Croydon’s approach to social value since the launch of its Commissioning Strategy and Social Value toolkit in 2012. 
    b) Review and report on social value tools and recommend an appropriate tool that will enable the Council to track, quantify and report impact (financial benefits and qualitative measures). The tool should have the ability to provide the Council with the ability to hold quantitative and qualitative information/data, to share information, best practice, case studies etc.

  • Cause2create

    Cause2create

    Name: Cause2Create

    Project category: Any

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Competition time - Creative Students and Graduates needed to enter Creative Conscience Awards 2017. The Creative Conscience Awards encourage, recognise and reward students and new graduates (within the last 2 years) across the design spectrum for developing socially valuable projects. An open project (multiple students can apply). Deadline 20th April.
    ‘Connecting Refugees’ (Watch our video briefing https://vimeo.com/205370006) challenges you to use your creativity to help people who are refugees. Our lives evolve around connectedness. Family, friends, people in our lives, pets, the places we know, the things we own, our routines, our daily lives. When someone becomes a refugee, they lose connections to many parts of their lives at once - away from home, from everything familiar, and in many cases from anyone they knew before... "How can creativity improve connectedness and help people who are refugees?”

  • RBCH – nutrition labels for hospital restaurant and patient menus

    Name: The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Project category: Food

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Developing nutrition labels for hospital restaurant menus and patient menus The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking to work with a student to develop nutrition labels for the hospital restaurant menus and patient menus, including using the red, amber and green colour coding. These nutrition labels would then be available for all food sold within the hospital restaurants/ with the staff and patient menus and will help staff, patients and visitors choose between products and keep a check on the amount of foods they are eating which are high in fat, salt and added sugars- enabling people to make better and more informed food choices.

  • RBCH – site habitat mapping

    Name: The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Project category: Environment

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Site habitat mapping- including neighbouring biota.
    The Hospital site has a diverse range of habitats.

  • EAUC

    EAUC

    Name: EAUC

    Project category: Education

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Implications and potential of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to lead tomorrow's Higher Education.

  • Midlothian Council – Improving local democracy and community councils

    Name: Midlothian Council

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled undergraduate or postgraduate student to undertake a dissertation in Midlothian. The dissertation will focus on local democracy and how local groups can most effectively communicate with, influence and inform the design and delivery of public services. The dissertation will have a field-based element and the student will be supported to engage with communities and public services in Midlothian. This would suit any student that has a keen interest in local democracy, the Community Empowerment Act and widening participation. There will be an opportunity for the student to refine and shape the project.

  • NUS – what are student-led organisations around the world doing on the sustainable development goals?

    NUS – what are student-led organisations around the world doing on the sustainable development goals?

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Sustainability

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: What are student-led organisations around the world doing on the sustainable development goals (SDGs)?

  • NUS – how universities measure the impact of their graduates

    NUS – how universities measure the impact of their graduates

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Education

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: How do universities measure the impact of their graduates in terms of making the world a better place?

  • Greener Jobs Alliance

    Greener Jobs Alliance

    Name: Greener Jobs Alliance

    Project category: Education

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Analysis of the current provision of climate change education / awareness raising in the UK trade union movement. Comparative assessment of provision in other labour movements. Developing a model for the effective delivery of climate change education in the UK trade union movement.

  • Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership (Relate building)

    Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership (Relate building)

    Name: Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership

    Project category: Health & wellbeing

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership and Family Action and Engage Antenatal CIC is delivering a 3 year funded project by the Big Lottery Fund to improve the outcomes of 300 families suffering from perinatal mental health issues, by providing intensive parent infant therapy (psychotherapy), a perinatal home visiting programme and a antenatal education programme. Our hopes over the three years is to integrate our work into health care and challenge and change the way perinatal and infant mental health is cared for at both a provider and strategic level over the three years. We are seeking a dissertation student to analyse the impact of the programme, assess its efficacy and to track the long term health outcomes for children and their parents against a comparative cohort of parents not using the service (not a RCT, but statistical comparators). This would ideally suit someone studying psychotherapy, health analysis, child development, mental health, or other psychodynamic disciplines. Research will be used widely with significant ramifiications in the NHS nationally.

  • Orchestras for All

    Orchestras for All

    Name: Orchestras for All

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description:

  • Fulham Good Neighbours

    Fulham Good Neighbours

    Name: Fulham Good Neighbours

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Dissertation on the Good Neighbours movement in the UK, with Fulham Good Neighbours being a case study.

  • United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)

    Name: United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)

    Project category: Waste management & recycling

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: There are so many possibilities for research around the issues associated with waste and resource management (attitudes, technologies, attitudes towards technologies, citizen action, climate change, circular economy, zero waste, the planning system, empowerment and disempowerment, what happens to our waste once we have thrown it away, etc.). Happy to discuss and support dissertations on any of these topics and more!

  • Citizenship Foundation

    Citizenship Foundation

    Name: Citizenship Foundation

    Project category: Education

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: A review of the delivery of the elements of citizenship education (including legal and political literacy, social action, etc) in secondary schools across England - particularly considering the increasing disapplication of the National Curriculum (NC) resulting from progressive academisation, and the introduction of free schools. In 2002, citizenship education was introduced as a new subject on the National Curriculum. All schools, with very few exceptions, were obliged to teach it to all pupils in KS3 and KS4. This is no longer the case - but to what extent, if at all, do academies and free schools continue to deliver citizenship education?

  • Arriva Rail North – designing the station of the future

    Arriva Rail North – designing the station of the future

    Name: Arriva Rail North

    Project category: Buildings & construction

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Designing stations that minimise negative impact and maximise positive impact on the environment and the local community.

  • Arriva Rail North – alternative materials for solar PV

    Arriva Rail North – alternative materials for solar PV

    Name: Arriva Rail North

    Project category: Energy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Investigating materials to be used for renewable energy generation and storage that can withstand damage and destruction

  • The Woodland Trust – impacts of housing adjacent to ancient woodland

    The Woodland Trust – impacts of housing adjacent to ancient woodland

    Name: The Woodland Trust

    Project category: Environment

    Status: In progress

    Description: Research into the impacts of development (housing) adjacent to ancient woodland

  • The Woodland Trust – biodiversity in ancient/veteran tree hotspots v. standalone trees

    The Woodland Trust – biodiversity in ancient/veteran tree hotspots v. standalone trees

    Name: The Woodland Trust

    Project category: Environment

    Status: In progress

    Description: A study comparing biodiversity in ancient/veteran tree hotspots (i.e. historic gardens, old parks, old field boundaries, etc) compared to an ecological study on stand-alone ancient/veteran trees.

  • The Woodland Trust – translocating ancient woodland soil

    The Woodland Trust – translocating ancient woodland soil

    Name: The Woodland Trust

    Project category: Environment

    Status: In progress

    Description: A study on effectiveness of translocating ancient woodland soil.

  • Friends for Leisure

    Friends for Leisure

    Name: Friends for Leisure

    Project category: Equality & inclusion

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Do you want to make a real difference with your dissertation? An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic, motivated students to get involved in a local research project for Friends for Leisure. We expect students of psychology or sociology to be particularly interested. Friends for Leisure is a charity that promotes fun and friendship to disabled children and young people in Cheshire East. Our services are based on the premise that disabled children and young people often experience considerable social isolation and loneliness. We would like students to conduct research to enable us to demonstrate evidence of local need for our services to potential funders. We are hoping to gain quantitative and qualitative data on: • What evidence there is that disability in children and young people in Cheshire East leads to greater: social isolation, loneliness, lack of social skill development and unhappiness. • Any other negative effects that disability has regarding the young person’s social life. • The inequalities and barriers faced by disabled children and young people in their social lives.

  • Families Against Violence

    Name: Families Against Violence

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: I work in the Mosside and Hulme areas in Manchester. I work closely in the BME community. The charity provides diversionary services for young men and Fathers to avoid joining gangs. I started the charity after I lost my 16 year old son and wanted to do something positive to prevent further families going through the same thing. FAV also fights for equality and opportunities for people from the BME community. Part of my work on the front line in the community has been to the bridge gaps in relationships between fathers and sons. Many young people who join gangs stem from having either poor relations with the father, or having no father present in their lives.

  • Step Up To Serve

    Step Up To Serve

    Name: Step Up To Serve

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Step Up To Serve is a small charity coordinating the #iwill campaign. The #iwill campaign is led by over 600 cross-sector partners and aims to make participation in youth social action the norm for young people aged 10-20 across the UK. Youth social action includes activities young people do to help others or the environment, such as volunteering, campaigning, fundraising and mentoring.

    The #iwill campaign has an overarching goal: to increase the number of 10-20 year olds taking part in meaningful social action to 60% by the year 2020, which means supporting at least 1.5 million more young people to become involved. ‘Meaningful’ social action is more than just a one-off activity in which the young person recognises the benefit to themselves and to others.

    The #iwill campaign’s National Survey of Youth Social Action, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, tracks progress against this goal, showing that 42% of 10-20 year olds in the UK took part in meaningful social action in 2015. This cross-sectional survey also helps us track our progress against our three sub-goals:

    • Inclusion: participation should be evenly spread across the UK, with equal participation across demographics.
    • Quality: the opportunities in which young people take part should offer a double benefit – so the young person has a positive impact while also developing their own character and skills.
    • Commitment: social action should be repeated more than once or be a one-off activity lasting longer than a day, and the young person should be able to identify specific actions they took to achieve their goal.
    We want to understand more about youth social action to help us achieve our ambitious goal, so we’re looking for students interested in conducting research in this area. We’re interested in dissertation subjects that involve qualitative or quantitative research, or both. If you would like to work on a dissertation that deals with youth social action, please get in touch.

  • Have You Got The Bottle?

    Have You Got The Bottle?

    Name: Have You Got The Bottle?

    Project category: Waste management & recycling

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: 'Have You Got The Bottle?' is a Scottish campaign focused on influencing Scottish Government Ministers to introduce a national deposit return system for drinks containers. Under deposit return, manufacturers or consumers pay a small deposit (usually just a few pennies) which they then get back when they return the empty container to a shop or other facility.

  • Canal & River Trust

    Canal & River Trust

    Name: Canal & River Trust

    Project category: Any

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The Canal and River Trust is a big organisation that covers England and Wales. We have a huge range of departments which range from marketing, engineering, ecology, heritage, education, youth and much more. We would like to pilot Dissertations for Good in some waterways and national teams to start with. When they have been identified we will request specific dissertations. Please feel free to look on our website to find out more about us https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/.

  • Midlothian Council – reducing the attainment gap in education

    Name: Midlothian Council

    Project category: Education

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled undergraduate or postgraduate student to undertake a field based dissertation in Midlothian. The dissertation will focus on reducing child poverty. To work alongside a school with a high concentration of pupils affected by socio-economic disadvantage in Midlothian. Specifically to identify economic barriers and test interventions that prevents children from poorer families achieving their full potential. There will be an opportunity for the student to refine and shape the project.

  • Sheffield Climate Alliance

    Sheffield Climate Alliance

    Name: Sheffield Climate Alliance

    Project category: Energy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: How Trade Unionists in Yorkshire and Humber energy-intensive industries view the action needed to reduce greenhouse gases from their industry as part of a climate change mitigation programme.

  • Disability North

    Disability North

    Name: Disability North

    Project category: Equality & inclusion

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Looking for students interested in researching in the areas of disability and/or independent living.

  • NUS – social license of fossil fuel companies

    NUS – social license of fossil fuel companies

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Campaigning & advocacy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: One of the main aims of NUS' Divest-Invest campaign is to challenge the social license of fossil fuel companies. We would like to explore how successful it is in achieving this end.

  • NUS – intersectional campaigning

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Campaigning & advocacy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Given that the NUS have now taken up supporting Students’ Unions to campaign on divestment and reinvestment alongside People and Planet it would be interesting to partner up with a student to explore the ways in which the campaign intersects with other struggles for social justice.

  • Students for Cooperation

    Students for Cooperation

    Name: Students for Cooperation

    Project category: Social

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Dissertations about housing cooperatives, good cooperatives, the history of student cooperation and the cooperative university

  • Minor Weir & Willis Ltd

    Name: Minor Weir & Willis Ltd

    Project category: Food

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Are KS1 and KS2 primary school children eating more fruit and vegetables than their parents?

  • AGB landfills

    Name: AGB landfills

    Project category: Waste management & recycling

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: We are also open to relevant suggested ideas: Areas of interest are:  

    • Use of closed and capped landfill sites (we have some space, heat from the landfill and gas which is currently contracted to generate electricity.
    • Remote monitoring of surface water, ground water, gas, etc:
    • The remote monitoring of fugitive gas, use of drones etc:
    • Fugitive gas pathways and ways to stop, divert, dissipate, movement of odours of different types.
    • Measuring odour, remotely.
    • Building landfills, infrastructure, alternative materials etc:
    • PR around working with the community, activists, Local Authorities, enforcement agencies etc:
    • Psychology around community, activists, Local Authorities, enforcement agencies, serial complainants etc:
    • Legal and planning; this will need some more internal discussion within the company.
    • Use/reuse of specific waste types that we are currently licensed to take.
    • Business; could be about sustainability, waste flows and predictions, commercial, use/reuse of wastes currently licensed.

  • BASIS

    BASIS

    Name: BASIS

    Project category: Sustainability

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: BASIS is the authority for sustainability actions in sport venues in the UK. We are proud to have a membership across professional and community sports venues and clubs. We are looking to partner with projects which further the sustainability conversation, highlights areas of best practice or demonstrates barriers and challenges across the sector.

  • Poole Hospital

    Name: Poole Hospital

    Project category: Energy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Poole Hospital is currently engaged in an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) and is looking for an enthusiastic undergraduate/postgraduate student to analyse the qualitative/quantitative impact of the project, and assist with an energy awareness campaign and assessing the impact of the project upon staff, visitors, patients and the public.

  • The Association of Independent Tour Operators Ltd

    Name: The Association of Independent Tour Operators Ltd

    Project category: Sustainability

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: AITO Ltd is a a trade association of inependent Tour Operators working from the UK and sending their customers to a wide variety of destinations overseas and offering a variety of type of holiday experiences.

  • Capita

    Capita

    Name: Capita

    Project category: Energy

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: Local energy supply, retrofit, decentralised energy

  • National Trust

    National Trust

    Name: National Trust

    Project category: Business & HR

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The National Trust involve over 62,000 volunteers across our work. The majority of volunteers provide lots of support and stay with us a long time - however we know that most new volunteers can't afford to commit or interested in this. So as we look to provide more flexible ways to volunteer - our approach to managing relationships will also need to change. We want to look at how we maintain relationships with current and former volunteers in between their volunteering and in particular after they have finished. How would like to keep in touch with the Trust? Would they be interested in doing more with us / support our cause - maybe not as a volunteer? What can we learn from other approaches to Alumni programmes? What are the mutual benefits of Alumni programmes? etc.

  • Fairtrade Foundation

    Fairtrade Foundation

    Name: Fairtrade Foundation

    Project category: Any

    Status: In progress

    Description: No current projects available.

  • Catch22

    Catch22

    Name: Catch22

    Project category: Social

    Status: Completed

    Description: Innovative research to understand the wider impact on service users and their community of our young people’s substance misuse services. Catch22 knows that our substance misuse services have a huge impact on people’s lives. We know from an individual qualitative perspective that this impact can reach across criminal justice, sexual health, family engagement, resilience, emotional wellbeing, education, training & employment amongst many. We also know that we work with young people with higher than average vulnerabilities. We need research to demonstrate the wider impact that we have on individual’s lives and the wider community by capturing their on-going successful outcomes.

  • Bristol Palestine Film Festival

    Bristol Palestine Film Festival

    Name: Bristol Palestine Film Festival

    Project category: Arts, culture, heritage

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The Bristol Palestine Film Festival seeks to promote and raise awareness of Palestinian film, art and culture to audiences across the South West.

  • NUS

    NUS

    Name: NUS

    Project category: Any

    Status: Available to partner with

    Description: The National Union of Students (NUS) champions students to shape the future of education – and create a better world. We promote, defend and extend student rights.