Do you require research or a work based learning (WBL) research project that will support the aims of your organisation?


Interchange logoAre you a voluntary and community organisation (VCO)?

Do you require research or a work based learning (WBL) research project that will support the aims of your organisation?

Are you a registered charity or not-for profit group?

Can you support a Student Community Researcher for 20 weeks?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then you SHOULD read on…

Interchange is a registered charity that connects Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCOs) for the purpose of research and work-based learning research projects. This is The Interchange Experience (TIE).

We are based in one of our partner organisations, the University of Liverpool.

Our students are 3rd Yr students mainly from the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology within the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.

We work mainly in the Greater Merseyside area with organisations that are not-for-profit and/or have charitable aims. We consider VCOs from outside the area. (please contact us.)

How will TIE benefit my organisation?
A WBL research project can provide assistance with a specific task planned by the VCO. Both a research project and WBL research project can provide evidence for VCOs to assist with areas to include:
-Business Planning; Annual Reports;
-Funding applications;
-Improving services;
-Becoming more sustainable.

When will the project start?
Students will start with their VCO in September 2017 and produce a final report in May 2018.

We make no charge for our service – but we do ask VCOs to meet the basic travel expenses incurred by the student(s) and to pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if required.

Do VCOs get a copy of the Report?
The VCO will receive a copy of the report at the end of the research project.
If you have a project idea please complete Stage One and Stage Two forms.

Stage 1 2017

Stage 2 2017

Please email both forms to [email protected] no later than Thursday 13th April 2017.
If you have any queries or would like to talk to the Interchange Co-ordinator before completing the forms then please contact:
Tel: 0151 794 2986
We look forward to hearing from you.


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