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University of Sussex and the National Centre for Social Research pledge future collaborations in new partnership

The University of Sussex and the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) have agreed to work in partnership between 1 October 2018 and the end of June 2020, to test the boundaries of enhanced collaboration.

Both institutions were formed in the 1960s and have renowned traditions for impactful research, including through collaborations with partner organisations.

Adam Tickell commented: “We believe we can enhance the impact of our respective institutions by working more closely on social research projects, where we have a common interest. We believe the partnership will offer valuable research opportunities for the many talented staff at both organisations through closer working on projects, as well as potential infrastructure benefits.”

Guy Goodwin, NatCen Chief Executive added: “We are also encouraging staff to utilise the considerable capacity we have at our joint disposal, to better exploit both our synergies and our differences, for example NatCen’s data collection capability and University of Sussex’s international networks, and to widen our horizons and the scale of the projects we can undertake together.”

The two institutions have nominated Professor Gordon Harold (Sussex) and Nancy Kelley (Deputy Chief Executive, NatCen) as co-ordinators of the non-exclusive partnership. Multiple areas of common research interest have been initially identified, including social policy, education, health and social care, research methods, economics, family and community processes, trials and evaluations.

Leadership teams from both institutions will come together in November to discuss further the opportunities that closer working can bring.

In the meantime, staff are encouraged to share with Gordon or Nancy any projects where benefits in joint working could be identified. Dr Debbie McGuchan (Sussex, R&KE) can also be contacted to assist with initial interests and questions.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2018