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Welcome to the CoSS Citizens UK Group newsletter...


A message from Monder Ram, Acting Convenor CoSS Citizens UK Group and Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship


The College of Social Sciences is a Principal Member of Citizens UK (CUK): Birmingham, a diverse civil society alliance committed to using community organising to generate collective power for social change. Under the stewardship of Prof Saul Becker and Dr.Catherine Durose (Convenor of CoSS-CUK: Birmingham), colleagues across the College have developed a range of exciting initiatives with CUK which aim to promote community action as well as provide opportunities for innovative and engaged research.


This introductory newsletter provides a flavour of current activities and the experiences of colleagues working with CUK. It's clear that the relationship is mutually beneficial and rich with potential for further development. Many of us have found it an ideal vehicle to pursue engaged scholarship and meaningful research.


We're keen to encourage colleagues from professional services, as well as academics, to engage with CUK, and will change our name to the CoSS Citizens UK Group to reflect our new approach.

Many of you have already expressed interest in getting involved and colleagues have recently joined us at Assemblies and actions, participated in community organising training, and worked with member institutions to develop placements and other opportunities for our students. Please join us at the next meeting of the CoSS Citizens group on 11th January 2017.

Research impact

Research for social impact

Funded by the University's User Engagement Fund, Catherine Durose, Karin Bottom (Government and Society) and Saidul Haque Saeed, Principle Organiser of Citizens UK Birmingham ran a series of a series of sandpit events in May and June.
Community engagement

Raising awareness of community engagement

In September, Sophie Sinclair, CREME Centre Manager, led and delivered an informative session on community engagement with Mosese Dakunivosa, Citizens UK Birmingham.
Monder Ram

The Business Leaders Project

Monder Ram reports on an 18-month landmark project partnership between CREME, Citizens UK Birmingham and NatWest Bank to support the City's migrant entrepreneurs.
Get involved

Join us at our first meeting of 2017

Join us on 11 January 2017 for our first Group meeting, chaired by Pro Vice Chancellor Saul Becker, and be part of the exciting programme of work with Citizens UK.
Monder Ram

Organising to develop a relationship with the incoming Directly Elected Mayor

Karin Bottom reports on the latest activities the CoSS Citizens UK Group are undertaking to ensure that the agenda of the incoming mayor will engage with civil society.
Get involved

Get involved with the Group

The CoSS Citizens UK Group is keen for professional services staff and academics to get involved in upcoming activities delivered by Citizens UK Birmingham. Click on the button below to learn more about forthcoming events.

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