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University of BrightonAngie Hart

Academic Director of the Community University Partnership Programme; Prof. of Child, Family & Community Health; Community practitioner, Service User

Angie Hart is the Academic Director of the award winning Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton. As part of that role, she is the Brighton lead for the Higher Education Council for England-funded South East Coastal Communities Programme. She is also Professor of Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health and Social Science. She teaches professional courses for health and social care practitioners and undertakes participatory research into inequalities in health and social care in relation to children and families.

As well as being a university academic, Professor Hart is a community practitioner with many years experience of working at the front line in child and family mental health, As the adoptive parent of three children from the care system, she has much experience herself as a service user of health and social care services in both the voluntary and statutory sector.

Professor Hart has published widely on health and social care services to disadvantaged children, their families and their supporters, especially in relation to fostering and adoption to midwifery and health visiting and in relation to the concept of resilience. She has also published her work on the development of community university partnership programmes and regularly consults on this to universities, charities and government agencies, including delivering conference keynotes and seminars. She was the lead editor on a book co-written by academics and community partners. Professor Hart’s degrees are in philosophy and social anthropology from the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge and Oxford, and she has a postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Sussex.
Her current work includes:

  • Developing a series of communities of practice in collaboration with a local charity. This project involves working with groups of parents and practitioners to implement and develop Resilient Therapy.
  • Facilitating the involvement of community practitioners and community members in effective community university partnerships
  • Facilitating the involvement of university staff members in effective community university partnerships
  • Consulting on effective civic engagement to  universities, charities, government etc.
  • Leading the evaluation of community university partnership practice at the University of Brighton using the REAP model
  • Providing academic leadership to the South East Coastal Communities programme
  • Fundraising for community university partnerships at the University of Brighton

Community-university partnerships in theory and practice; writing and presenting with community partners; Inequalities and disadvantage; Applying insights from research to practice; User involvement in research and development; Client-practitioner relationships; Qualitative research methods; Resilient approaches

Years of relevant experience: 20

Relevant Publications:
Hart, A., Northmore, S. and Gerhardt, C. (2009) "Auditing, benchmarking and evaluating university public engagement." Briefing paper commissioned by The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Bristol.

Hart, A., Maddison, E. and Wolff, D. (eds) (2007) Community-university partnership in practice. Niace: London. ISBN 978-1-86201-317-9.

Hart, A. and Wolff, D. (2006) ‘Developing local "Communities of Practice" through local Community-University Partnerships’, Planning Practice & Research 21 (1) 121-138.

Aumann,K and A. Hart (2009) Helping children with complex needs bounce back: Resilient Therapy for Parents and Professionals. Jessica Kingsley: London.

Community University Partnership Programme

Brighton, UK

Mission: Cupp was founded in 2003 with the aim of tackling disadvantage and promoting sustainable development through partnership working.

We aim to support the University’s contribution to social inclusion, economic growth and quality of life, and to learn from our partnerships in order to improve the quality of education we provide to our learners. Cupp’s core operational costs are covered by the University of Brighton and we raise additional project funds.

Staff Size: 10

Overview of programs:

Cupp engages in a variety of projects focusing on two main themes:
•    Research – Research, evaluation and project development
•    Student learning in the community – Student and teaching staff involvement in community projects            embedded in accredited learning


Contact information
+44 (0)1273 644051