Positive Impact Partners

Through our Positive Impact Partners (PIP) Programme, we connect local third sector organisations with staff at the University to create new partnerships, build capacity, exchange knowledge and skills and positively contribute to our local communities.

Staff can provide advice on a range of professional and business skills, and local organisations can be involved in strategic research projects that will benefit them.

What PIP offers staff and third sector partners


PIP Information Sharing and Speed Collaboration Events provide the opportunity for University staff and third sector partners to come together, make new connections and grow their networks.  Each event is structured around a theme of mutual interest. This includes areas of academic or professional service expertise. University and Third Sector PIP partners come together to explore each theme in depth through round table discussions. Our events also provide introductions to enable the creation of lasting collaborative partnerships between University staff and third sector organisations.

Expertise and ideas exchange

PIP Information Sharing and Speed Collaboration Events brings together a wide range of professional and research staff from the University together with third sector partners, to discuss and explore the latest thinking on key topics of mutual interest and benefit. PIP provides a platform to share knowledge, experiences and insights, to collectively build the capacity and capabilities of University staff and third sector partners.

One to one support partnerships

For third sector partners who have identified a skills or knowledge gap, PIP links them with University staff, to provide answers or insights into specific questions or challenges, and potentially find a longer-term collaborative partner to provide knowledge and an outside perspective on their ways of working. This could be in professional service areas such as marketing, finance, strategic planning and business change.

New collaborative projects

For staff (or third sector partners) who have identified a project that would also be of benefit to a third sector PIP partner, we will help them find a partner to develop and deliver their 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.

Get involved

If you are a member of staff or an external third sector organisation interested in being involved in PIP then please email us, sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our PIP work is linked to the following SDG:

  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.