#E_A_S_T_O_N = Engineering, Arts, Science, Technology Oriented Neighbourhood
Baggator Nexus is developing a multi-layered relationship between UWE and the areas of deprivation in Easton & Lawrence Hill. Its benefits include:
- Increased access to academic success: By providing opportunities for academic enrichment, such as tutoring, mentoring, and college prep courses, the university can help to level the playing field for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Improved STEM education: The university can bring its expertise in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to the neighbourhood, helping to prepare students for in-demand careers.
- Enriched cultural life: The university can embrace the many cultures of the area as well as bring its cultural resources, such as art exhibits, performances, and lectures, to the neighbourhood, exposing both groups to new experiences and ideas.
- Increased economic opportunity: By supporting SMEs, creating jobs and stimulating economic activity, the university can help to revitalise the neighbourhood and improve the quality of life for its citizens.
- Reduced crime and social disorder: By providing positive activities and opportunities for young people, the university can help to reduce crime and social disorder in the neighbourhood.
A multi-layered relationship between a university and a deprived neighbourhood can benefit both parties. The university can use its resources to improve the lives of its citizens, while the neighbourhood can provide the university with a sense of community and a connection to the real world. Tackling the real-world problems identified in the neighbourhood can give the university a place to develop viable solutions and ground students’ work in practical approaches to enhance their future employment prospects.
Here are some specific examples of small projects that could be undertaken as part of a multi-layered relationship between a university and a deprived neighbourhood:
- Using Coursework Projects to provide technical skills to citizen groups addressing local problems
- A tutoring program that pairs university students with neighbourhood students to help them with their schoolwork.
- A mentoring program that matches neighbourhood students with successful professionals who can provide guidance and support.
- A college prep course that helps neighbourhood students learn about the college admissions process and financial aid options.
- An after-school program that provides neighbourhood students with academic enrichment activities, such as STEM workshops and art classes.
- A summer program that brings university students to the neighbourhood to work on community projects, such as painting murals or cleaning up parks.
These are just a few examples of how a university and a deprived neighbourhood can work together to improve the lives of its residents. By building a strong and lasting relationship, both parties can benefit from the knowledge, skills, and resources each offers.