Joining the NCE mission!
Personal reflection on joining Nottingham Civic Exchange by Haya Fakoush, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer
I joined the Nottingham Civic Exchange mission with the desire to make academic research relevant to everyone. At NCE, we aspire to shift the space for academic research from lecture theatres and academic conferences to local authorities, policy makers and communities. Social science is not only about people, but it is with and for people. The human connections we make as a university and researchers can only enhance our impact and our ability to make difference for the sake of humanity.
Together we are stronger. This blog is my formal invitation to those who have faith in our collective ability to be the driving force for a better future to engage with NCE. We have a wide network which allows us to empower each other and take your idea or research up the civic engagement route.
Across my professional experiences, I have worked in academic and non-academic capacities within higher education in the UK; working for the global development team at NTU; engaging with international students; research and teaching assistant positions at the University of Nottingham; and most recently research assistant for UNESCO headquarters, division of Youth, Literacy and Skill Development. I contributed to research projects on refugee education, international migration, vocational education and the informal work sector. Yet my interests are far beyond my expertise, and I continuously endeavour to widen my knowledge and skills.
Admittedly, my academic studies are in the field of education at undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research level. But, in this new role I am grateful to be exploring the wider discipline of social sciences which allowed me and continues to allow me to step away from the boundaries of my field. My particular interest in social science is social justice, or more accurately it is the pursuit for social justice. My academic journey has involved working on participatory methods for research with young people, purposefully engaging with literature by authors outside the global north, and collaborating with academics in different parts of the world and from different disciplines.
So far at NTU, I have met incredible and genuine people at the social science department. I already feel that I am part of a collegial and collaborative community that aims to celebrate the interdisciplinary approach to social science and knowledge production. My aim is seeking communication, engagement and collaboration opportunities that contributes to the overarching research vision of knowledge exchange.
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 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 at a local, city and regional level.