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Watch our myth-busting animations


LSSI commissioned a three-part animation serie. The new animations provide an overview of our Review of Collaboration project between the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, along with myth-busting about working with both councils and universities.

The Review was carried out to help enhance both the impact of the research and policy partnerships and maximise the benefits of collaborative working in responding to social, environmental, and economic challenges facing the city. 118 research projects have been carried out between the University and the Council in the past five years all geared towards improving outcomes and, reducing inequalities.

The animations share key insights from the Review to help researchers and council officers understand what it is really like to work collaboratively as well as highlighting some of the misconceptions.

Camilla McCartney, LSSI Engagement Officer, commented:

We feel that these animations will be particularly useful for researchers or council officers who are interested in collaborating on a project and want to find out more, or even those who are already engaged in projects.

The first animation provides an overview of the Review of Collaboration project:


The next animation focuses on myth-busting to help provide academics with insight about working with councils, using Leeds City Council as an example:


The final animation explores 4 myths that councils may have about working with universities, using the University of Leeds as an example:


The Review was conducted by Dr Nicola Carroll, Postdoctoral Researcher at LSSI and Professor Adam Crawford as Principal Investigator.

The authors were assisted by a Review Support team including: Camilla McCartney of LSSI, Mike Eakins, Tom Knowland and (the late) Simon Foy of Leeds City Council as well as a Reference Group of senior leaders across the Council and the University.

Further information about the Review of Collaboration is available here.

We will also be launching a new series of Social Science Shorts to share experiences of researchers and council officers who worked together on collaborative projects, which will be available on our website soon.

If you have any questions about the Review, please contact us on