University joins with Age UK Canterbury to help the local community

24 January2017

Age UK Canterbury and the Sociology team from Canterbury Christ Church University have joined together to promote their common interest in using higher education to help the local community.

Their special relationship was confirmed last week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at Age UK’s centre in Castle Street, Canterbury. By signing the memorandum both Age UK Canterbury and Canterbury Christ Church University recognise that they share a common interest in the development of research, learning and teaching to help the elderly within local communities. In particular, they will seek to co-operate in the area of volunteering, by providing placements to support the work of Age UK Canterbury and give hands-on experience to the University’s Sociology students studying Citizenship and Community.

The University’s staff and students will also be able to work with Age UK Canterbury on research opportunities that will help to develop activities appropriate to the ever changing and complex needs of their members and give students the opportunity to develop their practical research skills.


Christ Church students with Dr Neil Brown (centre left) and Sarah Cant (centre right).

Sarah Cant, Principal Lecturer in Sociology, said: “We are delighted to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with Age UK Canterbury. The Sociology team is committed to being an outward-facing programme that makes a difference to people’s lives in the local community and which enables our students to become responsible, ethical citizens.

“Sociology’s focus on social life and societal issues means that its research and insights are of interest not only to academics and students but also to the general public and policy makers. We are very much looking forward to working with Age UK Canterbury on research projects that will be of practical benefit to their members.”

Dr Neil Brown, Chief Officer for Age UK Canterbury, said: “We are very pleased to be working in formal partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. Our special relationship will enable us to deliver ongoing positive opportunities to support research, exchange knowledge and support older people in the Canterbury and surrounding areas.”


Sociology students Abbie Russon, Louie Bradley and Tamryn Bothma with Age UK Canterbury member John Miles.

Second year Sociology students Tamryn Bothma, Louie Bradley and Abbie Russon visited the Castle Street centre for the signing and met John Miles, 90. Abbie explained why the opportunities afforded to the students by the Memorandum are so important to their studies. “Working with Age UK Canterbury will enable us to practice our research skills. It’s a great opportunity to gain experience through our degree studies, as well as give back to our local community.”


Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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