We need your help
It’s increasingly important for researchers and universities to be able to track and measure the ‘impact’ of their public engagement activities, but there appears to be a widespread lack of confidence in how to effectively evaluate public engagement, what useful information evaluation of public engagement can provide, and how to measure the impacts arising.
The NCCPE and Qualia Analytics are working together to explore the needs of researchers in evaluating their public engagement activities, and how they can be better supported.
We want to find out:
- What is your current evaluation practice for public engagement?
- What are the challenges you face or concerns you have around evaluation of public engagement?
- What tools and approaches do you currently use?
- Where do you go to get support or advice?
- What are the tricky issues that leave you feeling ‘stuck’?
We want to hear about the views and experiences of public engagement professionals (PEPs) and researchers so we’ve set up two surveys. These surveys should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and by contributing your views and experiences you can help us to inform public engagement policy, practice and research. We really appreciate you taking the time to contribute to this valuable piece of research.
To help us get a broad understanding of the picture across the UK we’d be grateful if you would share this with PEPs and researchers in your institution/network.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch: email@example.com
Heather Lusardi | Senior Project Manager, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Phone: 0117 3286727 | Mobile: 07972567408 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a scientist or an engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of your research with others? Are you keen to learn more about how to engage with new audiences? Then Wonder Match could be perfect for you.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is working with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) on Wonder Match, a series of partnership-building events designed to support community organisations and researchers to work together to encourage diverse audiences to engage with STEM.
The events provide a great opportunity for community organisations and researchers in STFC related disciplines, or those who use STFC-funded facilities, to meet and develop project ideas together. Event participants can apply for a small amount of funding to enable them to further develop their approach.
Upcoming events include East Midlands (Leicester, 8 October), Scotland (Glasgow, 12 November), North West and West Midlands.
Find out more and apply: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/nccpe-projects-and-services/nccpe-projects/stfc-wonder-match
Friday 28 September is European Researcher’s night and for the fourth time Manchester Museum will be hosting Science Uncovered Manchester – a special late opening showcasing Manchester’s finest researchers and their work for an adult audience. There’ll be research on show, music, drinks and a lively atmosphere.
Our participation in Science Uncovered event is funded by the Natural History Museum, who’ve hosted this event successfully for several years across the UK. European Researcher’s Night is a Europe wide initiative, in which thousands of researchers all across Europe meet the public and share their work in a social setting. See Science Uncovered Callout 2018 (pdf)
We’d really love for you to be involved in sharing your research to a wide adult museum audience. So to register please read the information sheet attached, decide what you would like to do on the day and then fill in our registration form using this link: bit.ly/2IURwoa
Deadline to register is 2 August – if this will be a problem for you, please let us know.
If you have any questions or queries, please email Anna Bunney, Engagement Manager, or Barinur Rashid, Secondary Science and Post 16 Learning Coordinator at, ManchesterMuseumEvents@manchester.ac.uk and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
We hope you are interested in being involved, and are looking forward to hearing from you.
I’m planning on taking some demos out to a family community festival in Longsight on Saturday 23rd June and am looking for volunteers.
An ad from the organiser is below: I’m looking for either –
- People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with some demos I’ll provide (TBD but potentially static electricity and balloons)
- People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with activities of their own, or
- Suggestions of simple demos to explain electricity that can be done without any power in a field
It’ll be picking up from Oxford Road campus about 11.30am and getting back about 5pm, and lunch is provided.
Bigger Book Bash Saturday 23rd June
A large scale book themed free family festival. We are looking for scientists who can explain how lightning or electricity works for the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Zone in a fun and interactive way. It could be fun activities about static electricity using bubbles and balloons- it could be anything you like! The activities run from 1pm- 4pm and we expect around 3000 visitors so whatever you choose to do will need to be something simple and repeatable! We suggest you will want to be on site by 12pm to set up. A delicious free curry lunch will be provided. You will be working in gazebo in a field across from Stanley Grove Primary Academy (M12 4NL) in Longsight.
Get in touch with me if interested!
Dr Emma Nichols, Public engagement manager, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester
Email: email@example.com | Tel: (0) 161 306 8744
Paid fellowships to develop and deliver a range of activities to inspire and engage schools and college students from across Greater Manchester. We aim to widen participation to higher education to low participation groups by showcasing university as real opportunity for everyone,
“Being a WP Fellow has helped me get through some of the tougher days of my PhD. Science should be accesible to to all – and being a WP Fellow makes that possible.” – Mel, Phd Researcher, Faculty of Sicience and Engineering
Posts available 2018/19 academic year: Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students. Further information can be found here.
School specific posts (deliver work based on UG/PG school) within:
COME ALONG TO OUR WP FELLOW INFORMATION EVENT: 2-3pm 20th June 2018, John Casken Theatre, Martin Harris Building (with cake!). Register for this event here by June 13th 2018.
WP FELLOW ONLINE APPLICATIONS OPEN: 26th June – 17th August 2018
You can apply to become a WP Fellow using the oniline application form – here.
More information about the work that the University completes in widening participation can be found in the annual report here.
Posted on behalf of Emily Cooksey |UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)| | Directorate for the Student Experience | The University of Manchester
We are looking for 5 researchers from across the University of Manchester from:
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- Faculty of Humanities
These researchers will take part in an exciting engagement experiment called Mixlab.
You’ll work in partnership with emerging young creatives, whose work includes spoken word, dance, rap and multimedia. These creatives have come through a talent development programme with Reform Radio and the Public Programmes Team at Manchester University NHS Trust.
Together, during Co-Production week 2018 you will produce an innovative and accessible piece of public engagement content.
You will need to:
- Take part in a filmed, intensive creative session on 5 July.
- Follow up, with your creative partner to finalise your content.
- Launch and celebrate your co-produced content in September.
Places are limited, so register your interest by 15/06/2018
For more information email: MixlabMCR@gmail.com or call 0161 276 5956
Posted on behalf of Lewys Stocks, The University of Manchester
The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.
The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).
Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards
For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK
Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology
The Museum of Science and Industry is very excited to be one of the locations for the Bee in the City sculpture trail this summer and to mark the occasion we are having a bee-themed Late on Wednesday 25 July from 7pm – 10pm.
See Bee in City: http://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/
Our Lates are informal, adults-only events that take place after hours, combining hands-on activities and demonstrations with a bar. We work with scientists and researchers from across the country to bring an exciting and innovative programme to our visitors. We welcome audiences of around 500 during a Late so there’s great opportunity for public engagement here.
We’re looking for interactive, hands-on and creative activities showcasing exciting contemporary research that will inspire our young adult audience. As it’s the summer, we’re also looking to make use of our outdoor spaces as well as indoor galleries. If you have a bee-themed activity or demonstration that you think might suit this type of event, please get in touch by Wednesday 13 June.
If you have any questions please reply to Georgina.Wells@msimanchester.org.uk
GEORGINA WELLS, CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR Tel: +44 (0)161 696 7786, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP
Artists & Scientists @ Castlefield Gallery – 29 May 2018, 18.30 – 20.30
The May Castlefield Gallery Associates session takes a look, from both sides of the lab bench, at artist/scientist co-operation. Jon Biddulph and Dave Griffiths will talk about their experience of working with astronomers, forensic archaeologists, microbiologists and nuclear scientists, and microbiologist Jo Verran will provide a scientist’s perspective on working with artists. This session is especially aimed at artists wanting to know how to go about working with scientists, and at scientists looking for creative links.
No prior experience of art-science collaboration needed, just an interest in exploring new options.
More information on the event here: https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/artists-and-scientists/
Any questions, please contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on behalf of Jana Wendler, Course Unit Lecturer, Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester
Community Engagement: Empowering Young People, featuring special guest Ruth Ibegbuna – Wednesday 16 May, 13.00 – 14.30, Discovery Centre, Manchester Museum
Ruth Ibegbuna, is the Founder of RECLAIM, building on her successful teaching career to develop innovative strengths-based work which enables young people to achieve their potential. RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change charitable organisation. Ruth was listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK, in The Debrett’s 500 in 2016. She was also listed by Virgin and Ashoka as one of the top six female change makers internationally.
In this Engage@Manchester session, Ruth will be talking about and answering questions around empowering young people, working side by side with them to build a fairer future. She is an expert in encouraging young people to believe in their inherent abilities and to demand the best for themselves and their lives.
Following the talk, join us for cake and coffee. If you only make it to one engagement@manchester shared learning session this year – then make it this one – for a healthy dash of inspiring engagement practice.
No need to book. Drop in.
More about engagement@manchester can be found here: