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The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) are pleased to announce the launch of the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI). Funded by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, CUPI supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.

Are you curious about building a new partnership? Have you got a research idea you are keen to explore? Then the current events could be a perfect opportunity to get involved.

Events are currently taking place in the following regions (further locations to be confirmed):


NCCPE are now accepting applications for places at these two match events. Please note that applying for a match event does not guarantee your place. We will be back in touch following registration to confirm whether applicants have been successful.

CUPI is based on the successful MUPI programme - which found that a regional focus helped ensure attendees found relevant people to work with. The 4 pilot match events will be taking place in England, in line with Power to Changes remit, however applications are open to those from across the UK who identify with the geographical area of the match event. Following evaluation of the pilot programme, we will seek funding to enable us to develop more comprehensive coverage across the UK.

Find out more and register your interest for the match events for the opportunity to create a new partnership, access funding and explore getting a research idea off the ground.