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Pilot engagement projects

3 March 2016

Thirteen new pilot engagement projects have been approved to help boost the work the University undertakes in the Cardiff city region.

All projects involve close working with communities, schools, voluntary bodies or public authorities, and demonstrate the important ties that the University has in its surrounding area. With a total outlay of £56,000 these projects are a further demonstration of how the University wishes to support the transformation of communities across the Cardiff city region.  Whittling down the many good applications to the successful few was a difficult task and demonstrates the strength of activity and ideas across the University.

A new call for future Pilot Engagement Projects will be launched in June, and we urge colleagues with exciting ideas to apply.

Approved projects

Dawnsio’r Lingo

Dawnsio’r Lingo is led by CISHeW, SOCSCI, and focuses on young people and their parents in North Merthyr.  It will explore the modality of dance as a means of communication, expression and the development of Welsh as a second language.

Trek to Connect

Trek to Connect, led by SOCSCI, SHARE and Continuing Professional Education, will use geocaching to promote heritage, connectivity and well-being.  It is aimed at those not in employment, education or training and is focused on Communities First areas, particularly in North Merthyr.


REACH, led by WISERD, SOCSCI, Student Volunteering Cardiff and the Widening Participation Team, focuses on those 16-20 years olds in Butetown, Cardiff at risk of being not in employment, education or training.

Aberfan Anniversary

Aberfan Anniversary, led by JOMEC, uses the Aberfan Anniversary to explore the reporting of traumatic events.

It’s a Mugs Game

It’s a Mugs Game is led by the Children’s Burns Research Centre, School of Medicine. It will launch a campaign to reduce hot drink scalds in infants and toddlers in Flying Start areas of the city region.

Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange, led by the Creative Economy team in AHSS, seeks to build a creative economy hub for the Cardiff Capital Region.

Get Started in Sport and Exercise

Get Started in Sport and Exercise is led by the School of Healthcare Sciences, and aims to stimulate community health in Merthyr Tydfil.

Mobile Crowdsensing Network

Mobile Crowdsensing Network is led by Welsh School of Architecture. It will engage with local communities in Grangetown, Cardiff to develop community gardening and green infrastructure.

Footprints in Time

Footprints in Time, a community archaeology project with Tidal Lagoons Ltd, will see SHARE work with two schools using evidence from the Severn Estuary.

Creative Writing Toolkit

Creative Writing Toolkit, is being developed by ENCAP, INSRV and Research and Innovation Services, to deliver online creative writing tools to benefit communities, schools and those not in education, employment or training in Communities First clusters.

Interactive Health Workshops for Welsh Primary Schools

Interactive Health Workshops for Welsh Primary Schools, led by the Division of Cancer and Genetics and Medicine and the Institute of Medical Education will provide resources to primary school pupils in the Cardiff Capital Region.

Llais y Maes

Llais y Maes, led by the Centre for Community Journalism in JOMEC, will introduce community journalism to communities in Abergavenny and the Valleys, working with those who are not in education, employment or training.

Hack the Local

Hack the Local is being led by the Centre for Community Journalism in JOMEC and COMSCI, and will develop a ‘hackathon’ event in Cardiff.

A fourteenth application was approved, although this will be funded through City Region Exchange’s activities promoting a better understanding of the city region.  Led by CARBS and working with regional stakeholders, this project will explore the potential impact of introducing a living wage into the Cardiff Capital Region.

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