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Our research consultancy training programme is one of our most popular ways for doctoral students to use and develop their skills in consultancy while creating a real impact on the voluntary sector in London! 

Challenge yourself to make a difference and develop valuable skills in research consultancy that you can apply beyond academia.

What does the Pro Bono Research Service do? 

Our Pro Bono Research Service offers community or nonprofit organisations a chance to sit down with our knowledgeable doctoral students to co-create solutions for their research and evaluation needs. 

Our doctoral students work to set a research brief and leave organisations with a succinct proposal that will be posted to our UCL Volunteer directory to be taken up by a UCL student volunteer!

Consultants can also choose to take up evaluation projects with our partner organisations.


Duties and Responsibilities 

Attendance at one of the below trainings is mandatory for participation in this voluntary opportunity. 

  • Introduction to brief setting workshop (occurs on a yearly basis every autumn)
  • Research Consultancy Training series (occurs in the new year)

As this is a voluntary opportunity we recommend undertaking the following tasks to make the most of the experience:

  • Pro Bono Research Service Induction (mandatory, takes place at the beginning of term 3)
  • 6 hours of consultancy and evaluation volunteering a month
  • Termly lunch and learn sessions 

Training and Development

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills in:

  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Creating positive social impact
  • Giving back to the community
  • Stakeholder management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Creative problem solving 
  • Commercial awareness
  • Connecting with new communities
  • Knowledge of research methodology and approaches
  • Evaluation and impact assessment

I'm a PhD student and I want to get involved, what do I do?

Have questions or want to get in touch with our team to chat things through? Email [email protected] for more information.

Applications for the 2023-24 cohort are now closed, but please stay posted for news, updates and events.