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Partnerships and Engagement

Business and Engagement activity at the Department of Social Sciences.

We are a leading centre for energising creative practice and academic study. By working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, we seek to nurture ‘home-grown’ talent and, through meaningful engagement, business innovation, and knowledge creation at the highest level, support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond.

A primary principle of our Engagement and Enterprise activity is to have a real-world focus reflected in the scope of the activity we undertake with external stakeholders so that we are better placed and able to respond to social need locally, nationally and globally, which has the potential to generate ambitious outcomes, and stimulate creativity, income and innovation.

Within the Department our staff have a wide-ranging expertise and we are open to working collaboratively to design and deliver training and CPD programmes. Social science staff co-produce knowledge with partners in the public and voluntary and community sectors. We have a particular expertise in evaluation work. Colleagues have carried out research and/or evaluations for the Northumberland  Probation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health (PORSCH), HMP Northumberland, the Scottish Government and others.

We have important and valued relationships with a range of stakeholders across the voluntary and community sector and the public sector, regionally, nationally and internationally:

Voluntary and community sector – some examples of the organisations we work with, or have worked with in recent years, include Gateshead Foodbank relieving poverty,  Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation empowering tenants and residents, AgeUK on older people’s volunteering, Changing Lives, homelessness, the Koestler Trust and Arts Alliance to explore the value of creative practice in the penal system, and  National Ugly Mugs, a staff member serves as joint academic representative on the board of this organisation which seeks to end violence against sex workers. The International Development team work with a range of organisations including COCO, Traidcraft, LAMMP, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), particularly the Swedish Red Cross, LifeWorlds Learning, and VSO.

Public sector – collaboration with Association of North East Councils and 5 local councils (Northumberland, Cumbria, Carlisle, Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders) on the Borderlands Partnership.

The partnership with Newcastle Youth Offending Team has informed the development of policy and practice and is being extended to include the Youth Justice Board and a conglomeration of northern YOTs.

Colleagues working in the area of Media, Journalism and Mass Communications have established links with a range of cultural and commercial organisations including Tyneside Cinema, BBC, Tyne Tees, Chartered Institute of Public Relations  and high profile creative industries. Staff work closely with industry professionals to ensure that students have many opportunities to learn about career opportunities in the field. For example, professionals are often invited to give a guest lecture to students or students are invited to industry networking events.

If you would like to discuss business development working opportunities with the department please contact our Business and Engagement Manager, Emma Batey on 0191 349 5070 or email:

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