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#3 Lab blog – Research-Based Community-Engaged Projects

In 2021, the Education Incubator has worked on developing a new approach to projects as part of our Education Innovation Lab.

The Innovation Lab is a ten-week programme in which project teams will use human-centred, design-thinking techniques and principles to test their assumptions, create new networks, and prototype solutions to the problem they have identified.

One of the calls we published for the Innovation Lab was for Research-Based Community-Engaged Projects, in which staff were asked to identify a problem, test their assumptions, and what success looks like. This call was open from 1st March to 31st March 2021, and received thirteen (13) applications from across University departments and campuses.

A panel** met on 8th April to discuss and select projects to fund and join the Innovation Lab. They scored each project against six criteria and then discussed the potential for each one to be successful as part of the Innovation Lab. The panel were incredibly impressed with the applications received. After much discussion, they decided to unanimously support the five following project teams to join the Lab in May 2021:

We want to congratulate all applicants on their work and effort in applying to this call. In the coming weeks, we will post more detail about these projects on our website, as we look forward to them joining the Innovation Lab.

These projects will feature at our Incubator Café event in July, where all can attend short sessions run over two weeks to learn more about the outcomes, outputs, and impacts of Incubator projects in 2020-2021.

**The panel was comprised of Penny Dinh (VP Education from the Guild), Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (Member of the University Research Impact Executive Group), Sarah Dyer (Director of the Education Incubator), and Tom Ritchie (Project Manager for the Education Incubator).

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