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The University of Southampton
Public Engagement with Research

Case Study 2014/15

Shared Vision Project

Shared Vision

Community-Student-Staff Research Partnership for Public Engagement with
underused Open Spaces

Project contacts:

Julia Kendal, Sustainability Action Officer, University of Southampton:

Barbara Hancock, Training Co-ordinator, Training for Work in Communities,


Engagement activity:

Project summary:

The Shared Vision project brought together the University’s Centre for Environmental Sciences (CES), SO18 Big Local, Training for Work in Communities (TWICS) and Southampton City Council (SCC) to research local community use of three underused open spaces (Frogs Copse, Cutbush Hidden Pond and Harefield Woods) and to increase local appreciation and ownership of these spaces.

A goal of the project was to provide the evidence base for future work by SO18 Big Local by gaining better insight into local residents’ views on the green spaces. Local residents participated in surveys and focus groups. Traditionally the University has had limited interaction with the residents in SO18; this project gave them the opportunity to not only interact with student and staff researchers, but to be directly involved in research that will have a tangible outcome for their local area.

Key Outcomes

Lessons learned

To address challenges such as diverse partners involved - it is critical to outline the different expectations and goals from the beginning of the project and agree where these dovetailed and where separate events/activities needed to be undertaken to achieve them.

What's next

The University’s Sustainability Action Programme will continue to support the work of SO18 Big Local through promoting to students any volunteer opportunities in the community such as the Nature Hunts and other engagement activities.

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