Removing Structural Inequalities
17 January 2019
Barriers to collaboration between universities and black and minority ethnic community organisations could be removed says Katherine Dunleavy, whose research points to a positive way forward.
In recent years, black and minority ethnic (BME) civic and cultural organisations have been hit hard by austerity, pushing many to the brink of collapse. At the same time, there have been increasing levels of participation and collaboration in research conducted by higher education (HE) institutions, bringing funding, new skills and opportunities into communities and new knowledge into universities. However, levels of collaboration between universities and BME organisations have remained low.
Ownership and legacy are often overlooked at the start of a partnership, but they are issues at the core of the longer-term benefits of a collaboration
So, over two years, Common Cause Research set out to investigate how questions of race can create barriers to partnerships and ask how we can remove them.