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!


Bite-Size Student Story: Megan
Megan Elias is a MSc student in the Institute of Archaeology. In this bite-sized student story, Megan reflects on the initial stages of her collaboration with the community organisation Crossbones.
Bite Sized Student Story: Saskia
Saskia Van Kesteren is a MSc student at the Bartlett School of Planning.
Student Networking Event Highlight: Sara
Sara Treneman is a MSc Social Policy and Social Research student within the Institute of Education. In this bite-size story; Sara shares the connections she made at the CRIS Networking event and her budding dissertation idea.
Social Hackathon Event Highlight: Ponni
Ponni Balasundaram is a final stage Ph.D. student at the UCL Royal Free Hospital Institute for Liver and Digestive Health. She shares her reflections on her experience participating in the Social Hackathon featuring community organization Round the Blend.