community Research Hub

Put your skills to use

Royal Holloway’s Community Research Hub is a Royal Holloway Volunteering initiative that matches students who want experience applying research skills with charities and non-profits needing support with surveys, analysis, reports, literature reviews, desk-based research, ethnographic research and more. 



How can you volunteer through the Community Research Hub?

Students can register and find our opportunities on our Volunteer Management System or visit the Volunteering office in the Davison Building for an informal chat. Please see below for the latest requests and opportunities, and register your interest by emailing Louise McGarr at the Community Research Hub.

You can also find the Community Research Hub on Facebook and on Instagram

How can our researchers help your organisation?

Are you a charity, community organisation, campaign group or other not for profit organisation in need of research to support your work? Royal Holloway’s students provide pro-bono research services to a wide variety of external charitable and non-profit partners.

Submit your project request online or email us for more information. You can also register as a community partner of Royal Holloway Volunteering using our online platform.  When submitting a request, please fill in our project ethics form

Why get involved? 

 For students, benefits might include:

  • Applying classroom learning to real-world settings.
  • Developing research-related skills.
  • Extra-curricular CV content.
  • Having exposure to contacts, data and scenarios which can often be used as a basis for publications and further research.
  • Earning Passport Award points.
  • PhD students’ participation in Community Research Hub activities contributes to their Research Development Programme training requirements (five days/yr).
  • NB: AHRC-funded PhD students may be able to extend their funding when pursuing development opportunities such as these. 

The benefit to partner organisations is that they have their research needs met, which vary from case to case but might involve:

  • Conducting a survey or focus group
  • Analysing data
  • Writing reports with recommendations
  • Having exposure to contacts, data and scenarios, which can potentially be used as a basis for publications and further research.

Email Louise McGarr at CommunityResearchHub@royalholloway.ac.uk for more information.

What are the current opportunities?

You can find all of our current opportunities on our online platform

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