In alignment with our centenary commitments, including the endorsement of our civic mission, we want to encourage new interdisciplinary research that actively involves collaboration between researchers and charity, third sector and community organisations located in the city, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This research addressed real-world challenges experienced by these organisations and the communities they serve through innovative projects, including building new methodologies or designing and trailing new interventions. The funded projects lay foundations for longer term, sustainable and equitable partnerships. This scheme is primarily supported through the generous philanthropy of alumni, friends and donors.
Read the co-authored open access working paper series
Current awarded collaborations
Engaging communities with nature for wellbeing
- Dr Burns - Psychology, Biological Sciences and Informatics
- Dr Jones - Psychology, Biological Sciences and Informatics
- Emmanu-El Apostolic Academy
Working to remove structural challenges for entrepreneurs with disabilities
- Professor Baines - School of Business
- Circle Foundation
Exploring perinatal mortality, health literacy and stigma amongst the Leicester Gypsy and Traveller community
- Dr Ekezie - Centre for Ethnic Health Research
- Leicester Gypsy and Travellers Equality Group
Establishing a 'lived experience group' for survivors of gender-based violence
- Dr Sleath - Criminology
- Leicester's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Juniper Lodge
Co-producing concepts and solutions to Refugee belonging
- Dr Clarke - Criminology
- Bright Path Futures
Enhancing user services for potential improvements to critical end of live care
- Dr Kaul - Engineering
Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID)
Interdisciplinary expertise from across the university and UHL NHS Trust, microbiology, genetics, structural and chemical biology, mathematical and computational biology, physics, health and social sciences, respiratory medicine, clinical microbiology, and infectious diseases.
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The Identification Network brings together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals.
Heritage Protection Network
The Heritage Protection Network showcased research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments.
Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN)
Bringing together 10 different departments and 3 different colleges, the founding members of LAIN collaborate on studies in technical, social, legal and business-related aspects of AI to develop innovative research.
Leicester Prisons Research Network (LPRN)
The LPRN delivered ambitious, transformative and innovative prisons research to better understand the context of prisons in distinctly interdisciplinary ways.
Migration, Mobility and Citizenship Research Network (MMC)
This Network brought scholars together to generate cohesive and dynamic understanding of migration, mobility, and citizenship both locally and globally. Drawing on lived experiences and the everyday lives of the residents of Leicester, the network generated innovative approaches to the understanding of how communities and institutions have been transformed by migration in the post-war era.
In 2020 we convened an 'Advanced Study Group' (ASG) comprising 19 colleagues from all three Colleges, facilitated by critical collaborators Dr Laura Meagher and Sean Callaghan. The group established core Leicester strengths which informed the subsequent pandemics call, and cumulated in a published LIAS working paper. Eight successfully awarded pandemics research networks launched in 2021.
LOSST LIFFE: addressing inequalities at the intersection between law enforcement, mental health and suicide prevention
Co-constructing inequalities and improving well-being post-Pandemic: Children's vision in five Majority Word countries
- Lead: Professor Panos Vostanis
PPE Communications; interpersonal communication inequalities and implications
Health inequalities and minority communities in Leicester
- Leads: Dr Winifred Ekezie, Dr Idil Osman
Reimagining the Homogenocene
Air Pollution, viral invasion and microbial-human interaction
A Manifesto for Pandemic Sexual and Gendered Citizenships
- Lead: Professor Gavin Brown
Technological Responses and quality care