Research centre ready for debut

Research into the size and scope of the social enterprise and voluntary and community sectors will be among the projects the new Third Sector Research Centre will carry out in its first six months.

The centre, which will be officially launched on Thursday, has been set up with grants of £5m each from the Office of the Third Sector and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Director Pete Alcock said the launch in Birmingham would be a way for the centre, based in Birmingham and Southampton, to begin engaging with policy-makers and practitioners from government and the sector.

"We want to hear what their ideas are for our research," he said.

The centre is assembling an advisory group of up 20 sector agencies, including Acevo and the NCVO.

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