Asylum Network has launched a new website called The Research Matchmaker, that gives organisations that work with migrants the chance to let researchers know what research projects they would find most useful.
The principle is simple: organisations go online and enter a description of the research they want completed. And then students, researchers and academics go online and offer their services for those projects. Go to this link to get started: www.asylum-network.com
The website offers a fast, easy, intuitive and free way to share research needs with researchers who are often keen to make an impact. It also offers guidance on making a match and building a collaboration. To get started just register, create an advert and post it into our searchable website. You can provide lots of detail or just a basic outline, it is up to you.
Students, researchers and academics can also go online and create a profile, which lists their key areas of interest and expertise. Organisations that work with migrants can then search these profiles and contact the individuals quickly and securely. There are already some interesting projects listed as well as profiles of researchers offering their skills to organisations like yours
The research matchmaker website offers a way to ensure that students, researchers and academics do work that matters to migrants and the organisations that work with them. But it will only work if it gets used! Please consider spending a few minutes to register and enter an advert. It is at this time of year though, when the students and academics are back and planning for their next 12 months, that we have the best opportunity to feed relevant research ideas to them through this site.
The site is launched on a trial basis so feedback is also very welcome.