The University is made up of a great collection of people, expertise and resources. The PIP Programme offers the Third Sector a structured, formal and managed relationship with the University. PIP opens up and increases access to the University’s wide range of resources as well as offering support uniquely tailored to each Third Sector partner’s particular and unique needs.
PIP offers the unique opportunity to strengthen networks, building new collaborative approaches, share resources, challenge ourselves and others, and meet the needs of the City and the wider region.
Effective collaboration brings benefits for the individual PIP partners as well as the organisations involved. At the core of the PIP programme is the relationship between partners and their creation of mutually beneficial objectives that will build capacity and encourage positive social change. Being a Positive Impact Partner brings about many mutual benefits for those involved. These could include:
For third sector partners:
- Encouragement and support to realise personal potential and develop own skills and knowledge.
- A safe environment to test out innovative ideas and suggestions with a critical friend.
- Learning from one another’s expertise to grow the capacity, skills and capabilities of your organisation.
- Insights from their University partner’s background and history that can be used in their personal and professional development.
- Help to realise and develop resourcefulness.
Potential benefits for your organisations:
- Gain access to other sources of information, shared resources and examples of good practice.
- Re-energised staff, increased staff satisfaction and productivity.
- Improved staff knowledge, experience and skill base leading to innovative thinking and stronger leadership and management skills.
- Positive culture change promoting collaborative working practices.
- Access to research that brings evidence-based approaches to your ways of working.
What We Offer
Help to Access Resources
Through PIP we will help third sector organisations to better understand the University and help you gain access to the wide range of support and resources that we have on offer. This could include helping you with finding student volunteers, conferencing facilities, legal advice, and formal training.
Once part of the PIP programme, partners collectively form the PIP Network who all have the ability to interact together, share experiences and form additional collaborative partnerships supported through our networking events and a group shared email.
Where we receive multiple support requests for particular areas of expertise, we can capitalize on the expertise of the PIP Network and its members and look to providing ad-hoc workshops to support our third sector partners. Examples of workshops could include:
- Measuring and evidencing social value
- Marketing and communications
- Recruiting and supporting volunteers
Expertise and Business Support
For third sector partners that have identified an in-house skills gap, an operational or business advice need or require a critical friend to give then an outside perspective on their ways of working we will seek to link you with a staff partner to work with you and your organisation on a one to one basis. The expertise that can be provided by our teaching, professional or research staff is wide-ranging and diverse.
Partners usually commit around 1.5 to 2 hours a month, and we ask for an initial commitment of at least 6 months in the first instance (NB the first meeting might be longer). This time might be in face to face meetings, but might also be via social media, phone call or Skype if agreed by both parties.
New Collaborative Projects
For third sector partners who have identified a project that would also be of benefit to our staff and the University, we will help you find a staff partner to develop and deliver your project. This could include anything from developing new research projects that link to local need; new curriculum linked projects to give students a practical basis for their learning, student opportunities for research or placements to enhance their employability.
The time commitment required to make these projects a success will vary on an individual basis but will require a regular and meaningful commitment from both the third sector and staff partners involved. It is important that you are realistic about what time you can commit before making an application to PIP for a new collaborative project. Due to the amount of time and support to establish and support new PIP collaborative projects we can offer a limited number of these in each recruitment round.
Once registered new University and third sector applicants will be asked to attend an induction and objectives workshop to outline the programme in more detail and to help partners scope out what they can best achieve through the PIP programme. The workshop is an important step in establishing the needs and objectives of partners.
Each session is attended by a wide range of interesting third sector and University partners and collectively participants identify the opportunities for individuals and organisations to benefit from PIP.
Partners complete an objectives form at the end of their induction workshop which forms the basis for each partners involvement with the programme, including networking, workshops and any potential PIP collaborative projects.
Apply to Join PIP
Apply to join PIP here http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/pip-third-sector-application/
Please note that this scheme operates at particular times in the year. While you can register your interest in the programme at any time, induction training and partnership matching take place in one round during the year. Our next round of recruitment and induction training for new applicants will take place in Spring. We will get in touch with details about next steps once you are have registered. If you have any questions about PIP contact Amanda Jackson on 0113 343 4073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.