Oxfam strikes unique partnership with UWS
David Eyre UK Poverty Press Officer
10th Oct 2012
A ground-breaking partnership between Oxfam Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) seeks to deliver new solutions for a fairer Scotland.
Part of the new initiative is the creation of a new policy forum, bringing together representatives from a range of public, private and voluntary bodies, aiming to contribute to the development of a more equitable and sustainable Scotland.
The forum will also challenge existing policies that undermine sustainability and equality, and which fail to address poverty.
Importantly, the forum will tap into the knowledge and expertise of Oxfam Scotland's partners - a network of community-based organisations across Scotland who have frontline experience of how policies are affecting people on the ground.
Representatives of several Oxfam partners were present for the official signing of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' between the Oxfam and UWS, including Beith Community Development Trust, Linwood Community Development Trust, Sunny Govan Community Radio, Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, Eadha Enterprises, The GalGael Trust and the Lochboisdale Amenity Trust, Tea In The Pot and Amina MWRC.
The partnership also provide opportunities for a number of UWS students to grow and develop, while making important contributions of their own, through placements, internships, and small scale research projects with Oxfam and its partner organisations.
Professor Seamus McDaid CBE, University of the West of Scotland's Principal and Vice Chancellor, said: "We are delighted to be establishing this important partnership with Oxfam Scotland. The partnership will see the University and Oxfam undertaking research of mutual interest and developing policies that further our shared vision of a more equitable, sustainable and socially just Scotland.
Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said: "The experience of our work around the globe shows that some of the most innovative and most effective solutions for tackling poverty come from people in the poorest communities.
"Our partners in Scotland have first-hand, on-the-ground experience about how government policies help or hinder them. By combining their ideas and their experience with the expertise of students and staff at UWS, we hope to create new policy ideas that will help Scotland become a nation where poverty is a thing of the past."