Could your organisation accommodate a student community researcher?

Interchange is seeking applications from voluntary sector organisations that would like at Interchange student to be placed with them from September.

Are you a voluntary and community organisation (VCO)?

Do you require research or a work-based learning (WBL) research project that will support the aims of your organisation?

Are you a registered charity or not for profit group?

Can you support a student community researcher for 20weeks?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then read on.

Interchange is a registered charity that connects higher education institutions (HEIs) with voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) for the purpose of research and work-based learning research projects. This is The Interchange Experience (TIE).

Where is Interchange based?

In the University of Liverpool.

Who are the students?

Interchange students are 3rd year students, mainly from the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology within the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.

Which area does Interchange work in?

Interchange works mainly in the Greater Merseyside area, with organisations that are not-for-profit and/or have charitable aims.

How will TIE benefit my organisation?

A WBL research project can provide assistance with a specific task planned by the VCO. Both a research project
and WBL research project can provide evidence for VCOs to assist with areas to include:

  • Business planning
  • Annual reports
  • Funding applications
  • Service improvements
  • Becoming more sustainable

When will the project start?

Students will start with their VCO in September 2021 and produce a final report in May 2022.

Is there a charge for this service?

We make no charge for the service but Interchange does ask VCOs to meet the basic travel expenses incurred by the student(s) and to pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if required.

Do VCOs get a copy of the report?

The VCO will receive a copy of the report at the end of the research project.

If you have a project idea please contact interchange@liv.ac.uk to request the required forms.

If you have any queries or would like to talk to the interchange co-ordinator before completing the forms please contact 0151 794 2986.

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