Research and Social Change Residential Workshop


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CoProSS – Co-production Summer School for Research and Social Change

27th June – 30th June 2023, Inverness, Highland

The University of the Highlands and Islands is excited to present an intensive short course on co-production for research and social change.

Co-production is increasingly used to address issues of inequality across a range of academic fields such as health, disability studies, human geography, sociology, social policy and psychology in order to promote social change. As an approach, it draws on innovative methods from participatory action research (PAR) and community engagement.

The course is aimed at those with little or no prior experience of co-production such as students, post-docs/ECRs, third sector employees and community activists. It provides valuable opportunities for reflecting on and enhancing your practice and supporting your CPD. The course is especially valuable if you have a project in mind. Previous summer schools have resulted in participants collaborating together on projects developed after the course ended.

Over four days, academics and non-professional researchers and activists experienced in using co-production approaches, will introduce you to the theoretical underpinnings and practical methods used in co-production. We will explore ways of overcoming barriers to co-production and ways to meaningfully engage with seldom listened to groups. Space is given to develop ideas and relationships, enhancing your personal and professional networks.

Working with other course participants, you will co-produce the design for a hypothetical project of your choosing or, alternatively, if you prefer, collaborate with other participants in developing a project. If you or your organisation have a specific project in mind, please contact to discuss.

The course is held in the new University of the Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness, in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland and the price includes 7 nights’ accommodation (Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July) in the newly built student quarters giving you the opportunity to explore some of the spectacular scenery in the area.

To maintain a personalised level of learning and interaction, the course is limited to a maximum of 20 delegates. Applications are now open.

Previous feedback

‘The opportunity to engage in practical scenarios with other participants from different sectors was helpful, enabling the exploration of how to use co-production and how different people approach the process in different ways.’

‘I found the course grew in significance for me as it went on. It slowly challenged my prior assumptions of co-production and opened new horizons of thinking. I found the ability to share the experience with a group of others hugely valuable’

‘talking about my project throughout the week allowed it to grow and change for the better’

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Tickets and pricing

Tickets and pricing

The fee is for the four days (27th – 30th June) including refreshments and lunch over four days. Also included is 7 nights’ accommodation (26th June – 3rd July, Monday afternoon to following Monday morning) giving you the opportunity after the course to work quietly on your project, explore the beautiful Highland scenery or historic Inverness over the weekend.

Transfers, breakfasts and evening meals are not included.

Save 20% and book before April 14th 2023

We are pleased to offer 3 places at reduced rates (£300 inc. VAT per person) for activists on low incomes Please email to receive an application form.

Please contact us for group booking rates

Early Bird rates

Private Sector: £1500 + £300 VAT, total £1800 inc. VAT

Third Sector: £1250 + £250 VAT, total £1500 inc. VAT

External students, Individuals: £791.67 + £158.33 VAT, total £950 inc. VAT

UHI students: £250 + £50 VAT, total £300 inc. VAT: Special heavily subsidised price available to UHI students/activists living locally. No accommodation included

Special rates for activists £300 inc. VAT

After April 14th Rates

Private Sector: £1800 + £360 VAT, total £2160 inc. VAT

Public/Third Sector: £1500 +300 £ VAT, total £1800 inc. VAT

External students, Individuals: £950 + £190 VAT, total £1140 inc. VAT

UHI students: £300 + £60 VAT, total £360 inc. VAT: Special heavily subsidised price available to UHI students/activists living locally. No accommodation included

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Before April 14th: full refund minus £50 administration fee

April 15th – May 21st:  50% refund minus £50 administration fee

After May 22nd: No refund, but place can be transferred (see below)

Where possible we will support full refunds at any time after April 15th by transferring places to someone on the waiting list who can accept the place, for a £50 administration fee.

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Is there a waiting list?

Is there a waiting list?

Yes, if we sell out and there are subsequent cancellations, we will re-allocate the place.

If you find you cannot book a ticket please register for the waiting list by emailing

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What's the refund policy?

What's the refund policy?

The course is not running for profit and in order to get a good price on accommodation this has to be pre-booked and is non-refundable. As a result we cannot routinely give refunds on cancellations. However, should someone on the waiting list be able to take your place, then a refund can be arranged. This might be partial and depends on the original price you paid and who wants to take your place. Be assured we will do our best to refund you if possible, please contact if you need to discuss this.