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Connect your ideas and studies to NTU’s think tank

Are you interested in politics and understanding society?

Having joined a top 20 UK University, which aims to make a difference, we want you to work with us to help enrich the society we are part of.

At NTU we run the Nottingham Civic Exchange, which is the university’s place-based think tank.  Launched in June of 2017 to work within Nottingham (and the wider region) we help showcase the cutting-edge research undertaken at NTU, generate & support new projects and act as a place for meaningful debate.  We have ensured students play an active role in each of these areas. This year we are launching our Associates programme for NTU Academics and Students to deepen links to Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Signing up to become an Associate is free and comes with a range of benefits.

What has Nottingham Civic Exchange done so far?

  • jointly produced a report into economic insecurity with the RSA (the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) a national think tank
  • developed a programme of work with our academics on understanding 'Ordinary Working Families'
  • hosted numerous workshops and events including a Government Budget livestream session where we brought together academics, policy makers, community members, students and the press
  • hosted the Civic Universities Commission - a national Commission looking at the future of universities
  • gave evidence at the Great Places Commission, a national Commission investigating the role of Housing Associations in providing wider social value to their residents
  • Spoke at the Cabinet Office Communications Plan launch
  • worked with academics and students to attend almost 20 parliamentary select committees and co-authored responses to a number of important commissions and consultations
  • hosted students on placements exploring economic insecurity, inflation and living standards, inclusive growth and housing affordability
  • launched a Nottingham Civic Exchange dissertation competition

What happens next?

This year we want to increase the number of students who work with us. Over the next year we will be continuing to support our colleagues to make a difference through research and influencing policy, building a new flagship programme focusing on Good Work in Nottingham and hosting events that allow for public debate on important topics.

Student Associates can support Nottingham Civic Exchange by:

  • Taking part in those events and helping us to host them.
  • Signing up to our Economic Insecurity Hackathon in November 2018.
  • Taking part in research projects through placements and work like opportunities. This year our summer student research projects focused on living standards and inclusive growth.
  • Writing comment pieces related to our themes from your perspective

How do you sign up?

All new Politics and International Relations student at NTU have already be signed up as a student associate but others are welcome too. We want you to take an active role in the place you’ll be spending the next three years.

Please get in touch with us via email or our twitter account at @NottsCivicEx if you'd like to join us or share your ideas.  Full details of our work are available online:

Nottingham Civic Exchange

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.

Visit our website - Contact us - Follow us - @NottsCivicEx

Published on 24 September 2018
  • Category: Current students; Nottingham Civic Exchange