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Co-production Summer School for Research and Social Change

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The University of the Highlands and Islands is excited to present an intensive short course on co-production for research and social change.

Co-production is increasingly used to address issues of inequality across a range of academic fields such as health, disability studies, human geography, sociology, social policy and psychology in order to promote social change. As an approach, it draws on innovative methods from participatory action research (PAR) and community engagement.

The course is aimed at those with little or no prior experience of co-production such as students, post-docs/ECRs, third sector employees and community activists. It provides valuable opportunities for reflecting on and enhancing your practice and supporting your CPD. The course is especially valuable if you have a project in mind. Previous summer schools have resulted in participants collaborating together on projects developed after the course ended.

Over four days, academics and non-professional researchers and activists experienced in using co-production approaches, will introduce you to the theoretical underpinnings and practical methods used in co-production. We will explore ways of overcoming barriers to co-production and ways to meaningfully engage with seldom listened to groups. Space is given to develop ideas and relationships, enhancing your personal and professional networks.

Working with other course participants, you will co-produce the design for a hypothetical project of your choosing or, alternatively, if you prefer, collaborate with other participants in developing a project. If you or your organisation have a specific project in mind, please contact copross@uhi.ac.uk to discuss.

The course is held in the new University of the Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness, in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland and the price includes 7 nights’ accommodation (Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July) in the newly built student quarters giving you the opportunity to explore some of the spectacular scenery in the area.

To maintain a personalised level of learning and interaction, the course is limited to a maximum of 20 delegates. Applications are now open.

Event (Course)

TitleCo-production Summer School for Research and Social Change
Abbreviated titleCoProSS
LocationUniversity of Highlands and Islands
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event