At the heart of the third sector is the social, cultural and environmental benefits that they bring to our city. Through working with third sector organisation, staff can help increase their capacity and capabilities to do even more great work, whilst also benefiting the University and the staff involved. Staff benefit greatly from working collaboratively with a wide range of inspirational individuals and organisations beyond campus. Key benefits include the professional and personal development that it brings staff, as well as the opportunity to form new collaborative partnerships designed to create new projects and research.
Effective collaboration brings benefits for the individual PIP partners as well as the organisations involved. At the core of the PIP programme is collaboration between the University and Third Sector and the 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.
PIP provides staff with access to work with and better understand the Third Sector and the communities that they work with. It supports staff to create capacity in their roles in a wide range of different areas. These could include:
- New insights from a partner’s background and history that can that can be used in your own personal and professional development.
- Development of stronger leadership and management skills.
- New research partners and projects that link to local need.
- Help with meeting some of the knowledge exchange requirements set out in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- New curriculum linked projects to give students a practical basis for their learning, student opportunities for research; volunteering or placements to enhance their employability.
- An opportunity to put your skills and expertise to good use and with making a positive impact on local communities.
What We Offer
Once registered with the PIP programme we will work with staff to find a package of collaborative opportunities with the Third Sector that best meet their needs. This takes into account the time that they can commit to PIP and their own individual PIP objectives.
PIP 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 and knowledge, we can capitalize on the expertise of the PIP Network and its members and look to providing ad-hoc workshops to support our partners. These workshops will predominantly be for the benefit of our Third Sector partners but not exclusively. Staff may also wish to deliver a workshop to our Third Sector Partners to disseminate new expertise based on their current research. Examples of workshops could include:
- Boardmaker Online – Beginners Session. Thu 14 February 2019 @ 09:00 – 12:30. Book your place here
- Measuring and evidencing social value
- Marketing and communications
- Recruiting and supporting volunteers
- Research methods; A beginners guide to scoping and undertaking research projects
- Dementia friendly business
One-to-one Expertise and Business Support
Third Sector partners are in need of professional and research expertise in many different areas to help them build capacity, improve their ways of working and help them meet teh societal challenges in our city. This may be on the basis of filling in-house skills gaps, to improve a particular operational or business area, or require a critical friend to give then an outside perspective on their ways of working. We will seek to staff to work with Third Sector partners and their organisation on a one to one basis based on their range of expertise and professional experiences.
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 Partnerships
For staff who have identified a project that would also be of benefit to a Third Sector organisation, we will help you find a partner to help 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-staff-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.