We want to contribute to and be part of the burgeoning research landscape in the West Midlands.

BVSC Research regularly work with a whole range of trusted partners, including:

  • The Institute for Community Research & Development at the University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Ideas to Impact
  • Revolving Doors
  • The Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations at Coventry University
  • Birmingham City Council
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Clinical Research Network
  • Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    From Networks we are part of:

  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network: Sophie is a trustee of the Voluntary Sector Studies network which promotes understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research and provides a voice and a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK at the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference (VSVR)
  • VCFSE Infrastructure Research & Policy Group: BVSC lead a national research and policy group, formed to bring together Infrastructure Support organisations (like BVSC) who support the VCFSE across the UK, to share information and learning.
  • West Midlands Social Care Research Network: Sophie is a member of the NIHR West Midlands Social Care Research Partnership, chaired by NIHR, which brings together academics and representatives from ADAS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Care) and the Clinical Research Network
  • Birmingham & Solihull NHS Progression Plan (Reaching Under-Served Communities - Community Engagement and Equalities (RUSCCEE) Oversight Group: Sophie sits on this group which brings together partners from across the NIHR, NHS, local authority and the voluntary and community sector to ensure that organisations and groups are working collaboratively. The RUSCCEE is a new partnership which encourages research organisations to undertake community engagement in partnership with partners from the voluntary, community and faith sectors.