Positive Impact Partners (PIP) is the University’s flagship programme designed to increase collaboration with the Third Sector, build capacity and positively contribute to our local communities.

Through PIP we connect local Third Sector organisations together with staff at the University to create new collaborative partnerships, designed to bring mutual benefit. Our programme benefits our PIP partners, the University, Third Sector organisations and in making a positive impact on society.

PIP has matched local charitable and social benefit organisations with staff who can provide advice on a range of professional and business skills, as well as knowledge on a wide variety of academic disciplines. In addition, PIP has created University research and curriculum projects and offered volunteering, internship and research opportunities for our staff and students. The diverse skill set available at the University has enabled Third Sector organisations to succeed where they have been previously struggling and helped build capacity in the city to deal with societal issues.

The PIP offer to staff and Third Sector partners is formed through the programme based on the objectives developed by partners with our support through the PIP induction workshops.  This could involve a combination of networking opportunities, workshops on a particular area of expertise, one to one expertise and support or the creation of new collaborative partnerships to deliver new mutually beneficial projects.  Ultimately, PIP is about the creation of organisational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved! 


Get Involved- Third Sector Partners

Find out more about the range of support and benefits PIP provides to the third sector, charitable organisations, state-funded schools and any other societal-benefit organisations, and how you can get involved. Find out more and apply.

Get Involved- Staff

Find information on how staff benefit from working with the Third Sector and how you can get involved. Find out more and apply.

See the other staff opportunities available through the Sustainability Service here. 

Download our Progress Report for more information about the programme;  the partners involved and the benefits it brings University staff, Third Sector organisations and the University (PDF)