Exceed in Coventry
European Social Fund
£205,061 (not including CU matched funding contribution)
- Coventry City Council (Lead Project Partner)
- Working Actively to Change Hillfields
- Voluntary Action Coventry
- Valley House
- Vanny Radio Community Broadcasters
- Coventry University Social Enterprise Hub
- Sinead Ouillon, Programme Lead
- Samantha Aplin, Fab Lab Manager
- Helen Lewis, Fab Lab Coordinator
- Peter Coleman, Fab Lab Technician
- Keith Jeffrey, Managing Director, CUSE
- Gabriela Matouskova , Business Delivery Manager, CUSE
- Daniel Range, Senior Research Assistant
- David Mcilhatton, Senior Research Fellow
- Kelly Bogue, Research Assistant
- Sharon Cartwright, Research Delivery Support Partner
- Amy Arnold, Research Delivery Support Assistant
What is Exceed in Coventry?
Exceed in Coventry is a three-year project providing tailored help and support to over 1,300 Coventry residents, enabling them to progress into education, training, job search or employment.
Exceed in Coventry is part-funded by the European Social Fund.
What is Coventry University's Role?
As a partner for ‘Exceed in Coventry’ the University is working with Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and other project partners to recruit and support BME communities into the project. In addition, Coventry University, City Council and Age UK Age Friendly City project is supporting the recruitment and support of individuals over 50 years of age.
Fab Lab Coventry is an informal city-centre space where Exceed participants can learn new skills, complete work experience projects and engage with local employers. Participants can choose from a range of entry level courses that are centred on advanced manufacturing and IT. Participants will also receive pre-employment support, including the opportunity to become trainers to deliver Fab Lab activity such as hosting a fix-it club / repair café. Participants can gain recognition for the engineering and technical skills they gain in the Fab Lab through an accredited OCN course: ‘Using Digital Fabrication Systems’.
Over the duration of the project, the University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) will train 90 participants as ‘Peer Engagement Volunteers’ who will work alongside the Progress coaches to support engagement. Whilst contributing to the overall success of the project, Peer Engagement Volunteers will also build their own confidence and abilities.
Coventry University Social Enterprise (CUSE) Community Interest Company (CIC) will provide access to support into self-employment through their Enterprise Hub.
How do I find out more?
CTPSR Seminar Series: Transitional justice paradigms and praxis
This Roundtable draws on extensive fieldwork research with survivors of sexual and gender based violence and displacement in Bosnia, the DRC and Colombia to discuss the lessons that can be learned from comparing the international norms of transitional justice with their implementation in different local contexts.
The politics of migration, displacement and belonging among Afghans migrants and refugees in Europe and North America
Our research on Afghan experiences of displacement and migration focuses in the following issues: the politics of the migration, asylum and resettlement of Afghans in Europe and North America; Afghan journeys and migration into Europe and the engagement of recently arrived Afghans in Europe for peacebuilding and development in Afghanistan. We aim to examine the situate of the complex migration histories of Afghans who have recently migrated from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan within debates around the categorisation, intersectionality and development in migration.
Refugee resettlement: politics, practices, rhetoric
This project explores resettlement in countries of destination as well in those which host large numbers of forcibly displaced persons. Drawing evidence from a select group of case-studies, we analyse the ways in which the politics of resettlement are translated on the ground through the practices and narratives of the staff of intermediary organisations such as UNHCR, IOM and the NGOs involved in resettlement; and government officials as well as their main respective donor governments. Using decolonising methodologies, we also aim to study the intertwined narratives, storytelling and rhetoric about resettlement of the women and men who have been forcibly displaced.