Community Organisations

There are many opportunities for voluntary and community organisations, charities and social enterprises to work in partnership with the University, examples of which are in this section of the website - please follow the links below. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of these opportunities or have ideas of your own for joint working.


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Business-related Support for Organisations

Business related support for organisations is available from a variety of sources. 

Through the Third Sector Consultancy programme we offer teams of student volunteers to carry out consultancy-type services for third sector organisations. Teams work in close collaboration with organisations over a four or five week period in response to a brief supplied by an organisation.Students from our School of Computer Sciences can provide consultancy-type services to organisations through the IT Community Consultants Project.

Our Communicating Nutrition Project can offer support to organisations on a nutrition-related theme.The University's Careers and Employability Service is able to assist organisations in recruiting undergraduates or graduates from 4 weeks - 12 months periods. Further information can be found on the Careers and Employability website.

The Graduate School placement programme provides organisations with the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of a graduate for a period of time, working on a specific project.

Furniture Recycling

If you are a community or not-for-profit organisation in need of office furniture we may be able to help and at the same time save you some money. The University has a Furniture Re-Use Project which offers used but good quality office furniture free of charge. Please email Dave Skinner with details of your requirements.

Student Placements and Internships

The Undergraduate Community Internship Programme facilitates high quality work experience opportunities in third sector organisations for current undergraduate students. The project aims to share the skills knowledge and enthusiasm of bright motivated students with local organisations who in return offer a valuable insight into working in the third sector. To find our more about this programme please contact Jacqui Storey.  You can also read some case studies based on recent placement partnerships.

Free meeting Rooms

Local community groups can apply to hire a room for free on University Park. Refreshments can be provided at a charge to the community organisation and AV equipment is usually available. Bookings can be taken up to six months in advance and rooms are booked on a first come first served basis with a maximum of one booking per group per calendar month. For further details, please contact Liz Cervenak or see the booking policy. 

Research Partnerships

Research can help with a wide range of issues and interests for any community organisation; from learning more about the history of an organisation to exploring the experiences of people who care for others. Many students carry out research as part of their course and staff also conduct research which may have applications for the community. Please contact us if you would like to explore research options further. 

Sharing Culture

This project involves international students from our Business School spending time in schools and community settings. Chinese Culture Sharing sessions take place in community settings such as care homes and day centres.  The students develop and deliver sessions with the aim of sharing their culture and language with people in their adopted local community. The sessions comprise mainly of colourful presentations and craft activities designed to be inclusive and fun for all. If your organisation would be interested in knowing more please contact

Student Volunteer Centre  

Each year over 3,000 students sign up to volunteer in the local community. The Student Volunteer Centre matches the needs of charities and community groups from all over Nottingham with the interests and passions of these students. Opportunities range from coaching in local schools to helping organise Christmas parties for older people. Please contact the Student Volunteer Centre if your organisation would like to recruit student volunteers.

Share your Knowledge

We are aware that there is a lot of expertise and specialist knowledge within the local community and that the University, with its large student and staff population, could be a source of potential learners. Please contact us if you are interested in giving talks at the University e.g. living with dementia, alcoholism, sexual orientation etc.  

Sports Facilities

A range of sports facilities are available to the public at the University Park and Sutton Bonington campuses. This includes use of the swimming pool, fitness suite and outdoor sports courts and pitches.

University Grounds and Friends of University Park (FoUP)

The University’s grounds, gardens and open spaces are open to the public and the Gardens Guide gives lots of information about guided walks and horticultural highlights. The Friends of University Park Group holds a regular events programme which includes bird, tree and heritage walks.

Library Services 

There are 8 libraries across the University's UK campuses plus those in Malaysia and Ningbo, China.  Some services are available to visitors either as individuals or as organisations.

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Community Partnerships

University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane
Nottingham NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3718
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