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What is Nottingham Civic Exchange?

Find out about our mission and purpose and meet the team behind Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Nottingham Civic Exchange is an initiative for Nottingham.

Nottingham Civic Exchange has been established by Nottingham Trent University to maximise research, policy and practical impact by bringing together university expertise with partners seeking to address the needs of local communities. Nottingham Civic Exchange acts as a resource to look at social and economic issues in new ways. This means facilitating debate, acting as a bridge between research and policy debates, and developing practical projects on a local, city and regional level.

Nottingham Civic Exchange focuses on issues and challenges directly related to its place of origin. We work in a collaborative way to identify solutions. This means we act as the facilitator for conversations, projects and action on a citizen, city and regional level. We do this by gathering evidence, providing space for debate and coalescing partners around projects and initiatives that make a difference.

For full details about our work and focus please visit the What We Do section.

A Borderless Production produced by MA Documentary Film students at Nottingham Trent University


Nottingham Civic Exchange draws on the expertise, resources and networks of NTU conducting research into social and economic issues relevant to city and regional partners. Watch our video to find out more about the Nottingham Civic Exchange and it’s first research phase ‘ordinary working families’.

Aerial shots – Upper Cut Productions
Editor – Lara Phillipps.

The Team

Rich Pickford
Rich, Nottingham Civic Exchange

Rich Pickford, Manager

Rich takes the lead on facilitating connections between researchers, communities, business and citizens and maximising the impact of Nottingham Civic Exchange's work. He has a passion for working with people in a variety of settings. Rich has a background in outdoor education and youth work, and prior to working with NTU he was based with the RSA supporting their work across Wales and the Midlands.

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Haya Fakoush, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer

Haya Fakoush, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer, Nottingham Civic Exchange, NTU. Haya supports the development and delivery of NCE projects which aim to enhance the engagement of NTU’s research with communities and policy. Her work is centred on the NCE theme of Culture and Place and she is keen to develop community-based initiatives.

Haya holds an MA in Educational Leadership and an MA in Social Science Research. Previously, Haya held research and teaching assistant positions in higher education and worked on research projects with international development organisations. She contributed to research projects on refugee education, international migration, vocational education and the informal work sector.

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