Invest in your dissertation

Our programme is here to create a more meaningful dissertation experience for masters students at UCL. Our work is driven by our value of authentic knowledge democracy and our desire to act as a bridge between the voluntary sector and the university.

We are here for YOU at every stage of the dissertation research process. Throughout the year we have several ways for you to engage with the Community Research Initiative such as:

  • Skills sessions and training in participatory research techniques
  • Networking events with London's voluntary sector
  • Mixers and brainstorm sessions with likeminded community-driven masters students
  • One-on-one consultations to bounce ideas with our programme lead Anne Laybourne
  • An opportunity to partner with a voluntary organisation to collaboratively carry out your dissertation research

Explore the blocks below to learn more about all the Community Research Initiative has to offer you and the wider London community!


Students co-creating dissertations with community organisations
Making your dissertation go further, do moreStudying for a master's here at UCL? The dissertation is a key element during a demanding and challenging year - why not make it go further and mean more?
Community Research Clinic 2022
What’s a Community Research Clinic for?The Community Research Clinic, a joint venture between the UCL Volunteering Service’s Community Research Initiative and Kohlrabi Consulting, offers London’s small-to-medium sized charities, other non-profit organisations, and grassroots commun
Funding for LGBTQ+ inclusion activities & research
What is this funding?The LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group has allocated funding to proposals for LGBTQ+ inclusion activities and local institutional research th
Dissertation Showcase 2022
At the Community Research Initiative, we are always looking for ways to celebrate! Especially when it comes to our students and local Community Partners who have spent the summer collaborating on a research project.