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Supporting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities through partnership, research and collaboration.

Co(l)laboratory is an 8 year, £5.1m project that will train 50 PhD students and 50 Citizen Scientists through a programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research, guided by local communities to support the development of the local economy, increase productivity, and improve growth and wellbeing.

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How can local residents, community groups and organisations get involved?

We need to Nottinghamshire residents and community-focused organisations to help us gain a better understanding of the challenges facing communities and to help guide and shape new research. Get involved through one of our live events or contribute any time through our online idea sharing platform. 

Start sharing your ideas today.

Residents researching ideas

How do I apply for a Co(l)laboratory PhD?

Applications are now open for our fully funded PhD projects. These studentships have been developed through collaborations between researchers and local community-focused organisations to shape the research projects around the priorities of local communities.

Working with organisations such as Nottingham City Council, Skate Nottingham and the Trent Bridge Community Trust, we have developed projects addressing challenges such as local mental health provision, understanding youth violence in Nottingham, local experiences of modern slave labour practices, and much more. Applications open from 12pm on Thursday 22nd December 2022 and closes at 12pm on Monday 6th February 2023. Applications to all Co(l) laboratory 2023 PhD studentships must be submitted through our online applications portal here.

Find out more about Co(l)laboratory’s Community-Engaged PhD Opportunities to support the lives of people living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire HERE.

PHD Students researching

I’d love to get involved but I can’t commit to a PhD. Is that possible?

Absolutely. Co(l)laboratory Citizen Scientist mini-placements offer local people the chance to gain real life, paid research work experience, looking into local challenges faced across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. As flexible placements these can fit around other commitments and can be completed part time.  Recruitment for these opportunities will commence in early 2023.

Work experience in an office.
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