The RDSBL encourages all staff to generate and disseminate high quality research that impacts policy, industry and society more broadly. Our research work makes a significant contribution to the wider community. RDSBL staff engage with a diverse and broad range of commercial (London City Airport; Good Projects, ADKN, Nomad Projects), government (e.g. London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham; Republic of SRPSKA, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Region of Crete, Greece), inter-governmental (e.g. UN-HABITAT), not-for-profit (e.g. Global Learning London) and numerous academic stakeholders in local, national and international contexts.
RDSBL staff are closely engaged with the local authorities, SMEs and local communities to provide professional support work to specific organisations and residents in the area, particularly the more vulnerable, through the following centres:
Legal Advice Centre: The Centre provides a learning facility for our students, and at the same time serves the needs of our local communities by giving the opportunity to our students to provide, under supervision, free legal advice to members of the public who are unable to pay or obtain legal aid for such advice. Since April 2020, the Centre has prioritised three areas for the provision of advice in the light of COVID-19: landlord and tenant, welfare benefits, and family law. The Legal Advice Centre has partnerships with Duncan Lewis Solicitors and the Sycamore Trust, with which it runs the Romford Autism Hub Legal Advice Centre, providing free legal advice to individuals affected with Autism. The Centre also runs several student projects including mooting and debating (in collaboration with the Old Bailey) and the public legal education project (to produce information leaflets). Its patrons include Imran Khan QC, a School’s alumnus, who has generously participated in several events organised by the Centre over time. The Centre also regularly organises events on employability and inclusiveness in the legal profession, the most high-profile of which have included the participation of two Supreme Court Presidents.
Tax and Accountancy Clinic: The Clinic was set up to support the economic and financial wellbeing East London community. The Clinic is interested in the social wellbeing of our immediate community, especially regarding economic and financial inclusiveness, creating economic and financial awareness and providing access to government incentives and ensuring effectiveness of public policies. To this end, the clinic offers free consultancy to local SMEs on tax compliance, financial management and accounting regulations affecting their businesses. It also holds weekly public enlightenment programmes to create awareness on the operationalisation of government fiscal policies (including automatic stabilisers) at the grassroot level, managing procurements, managing credit facilities with suppliers and customers, and accessing finances for SMEs. The Clinic facilitates linking local employers to trainee accounting and finance students who are willing to work on part-time basis. Such adverts will be made available on the Tax and Accountancy clinic website and through the University Twitter account once such opportunity arises.
Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGPP): The Institute was established in 2020 and aims to be a pre-eminent think-tank with the goal of making governance and policy-making more inclusive and open to a broad coalition of stakeholders. IGPP produces and provides wide ranging research, reports, CPD, consultations and public policy briefings to help inform, influence, impact and educate the ongoing debates across key topical issues currently facing the UK. The institute offers an independent environment in which leading practitioners and decision-makers can collaborate and exchange ideas across the public policy divide.
Noon Centre: The Noon Centre supports key collaborative projects in Newham Council, such as '50 steps to a Healthier Newham' and is developing work on the economic impact of COVID-19 in East London. As part of its commitment to promoting a fairer and more inclusive society, the Centre provides advice to local businesses and helps to link students with employers through the Elite Scholars programme.
Working in partnership with the Sustainability Research Institute: Staff at RDSBL are working with the Sustainability Research Institute (UEL) to support local residents and other actors (housing developers, local council) on community enterprise initiatives. They also provide business consultancies to SMEs working in green and innovative projects as part of the Advancing Resource Efficiency and Urban Ecology Innovations (ARENA) project. The school also works with the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (Bath Spa Business School) to analyse the governance of collaborations in creative industries.
Knowledge Exchange and Consultancy
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership. Contact M.Moniri@uel.ac.uk for further information.
Consultancy: At the RDSBL we have access to world class researchers and expertise in a range of exciting disciplines. We will tailor our bespoke consultancy services to directly match your business requirements. By working closely with you every step of the way we will make sure we meet your business objectives, whether introducing a new product or service, developing your employees or looking to diversify into new areas. Get in touch to talk about how we can assist with your consultancy requirements. Contact M.Moniri@uel.ac.uk