Strand 2: Developing Community Research Engagement – Community Research Initiative for Students (CRIS)

Project Lead

Anne Laybourne

Team Members

John Braime
Joanna Socha



At the community research initiative, we connect London’s voluntary and community sector with UCL to collaboratively develop research projects that matter. Projects are carried out by master’s students as part of their dissertation research study.

There are two main aims to CRIS:

  1. To enhance the UCL master’s student experience through knowledge exchange with experts from outside academia.
  2. To support and promote collaborative research that is societally useful.

We work very flexibly to offer as personalized a service as possible. Students can be involved in several ways: bookable personal consultation appointments, events, skills sessions, brokering, knowledge exchange meetings, and access to documentation to support collaborative work.

Voluntary and community sector organisations can work with us to identify knowledge gaps or needs in their business and develop these into topics or ideas for research. These opportunities are published online on the CRIs Ideas Directory at the start of each academic year for new master’s student cohort.

The aims of ISIKLE are to scale up the service, understand how voluntary and community sector organisations would like to work with us, and ensure the initiative is fully accessibility e.g. students with caring responsibilities, international students, or part-time students.

For more details, visit the Community Research Initiative for Students website.

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