The pilot phase of The Collaborative has now concluded. The materials available here are for information only.

The Glasgow Third Sector Knowledge Exchange Collaborative consisted of a network of academics at Glasgow who had an interest in bringing their expertise to bear in solving the pressing concerns facing third sector organisations. This expertise might include business or strategic planning, HR and recruitment, social return on investment, evaluation and research, computing and digital tools, or lobbying and advocacy (to name a few).

The aim was that a core set of academics interested in this work would serve as key champions and advisors to the third sector organisations alongside students who work with the organisations on projects via integrated coursework modules, internships or collaborative dissertations.

In collaboration with project partner, Glasgow Council for Voluntary Sector (GCVS), we aimed to get an understanding of the training needs of Glasgow’s third sector during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery, thus being better able to address those needs.

In the pilot phase of this project we aimed to understand these needs, build the network of academics and third sector partners and organised two workshops. It was intended that this initial engagement would provide the basis for more intensive one-on-one collaboration between academics and third sector partners in the future.