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Public Engagement at Manchester

Join us for our final Engagement@Manchester session for this academic year

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:
http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/resources/engagement/

Social innovation skills share

Do you have expertise in social innovation or experience of community-university partnerships? Or are you keen to learn more about these approaches? LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT WORKSHOPS OR CASE STUDIES

Join the NCCPE on Thursday 31 May to explore ‘what works’ in this important but challenging area. The event will run from 10:30 to 15:30 at NCVO in London.

The event is aimed at people who are keen to learn about the different ways community-university partnerships can be developed to realise social innovation. You may be community partner keen to work more closely with universities; a public engagement professional working in a university setting; a researcher keen to explore new methods and ways of working; or a funder, keen to understand better how to invest in productive projects.

An important backdrop for the event is a HEFCE funded pilot project (2016-17) to stimulate social innovation, which the NCCPE helped to coordinate. As this activity draws to a close, the NCCPE is keen to invite interested parties to join us to explore ‘what works’ in social innovation.

Find out more, submit a proposal to host a workshop or case study, and register for the event: www.publicengagement.ac.uk/whats-new/events/social-innovation-skills-share

For any enquiries, please contact lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk

Community University Partnership Initiative

The NCCPE are pleased to announce the launch of the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI).

Funded by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, CUPI supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.

Are you curious about building a new partnership? Have you got a research idea you are keen to explore? Then the current events could be a perfect opportunity to get involved.

Events are currently taking place in the following regions (further locations to be confirmed):

  • Bristol – Thursday 22nd March at Knowle West Media Centre
  • Manchester – Tuesday 17th April at St Thomas Centre

We are now accepting applications for places at these two match events. Please note that applying for a match event does not guarantee your place. We will be back in touch following registration to confirm whether applicants have been successful.

CUPI is based on the successful MUPI programme – which found that a regional focus helped ensure attendees found relevant people to work with. The 4 pilot match events will be taking place in England, in line with Power to Changes remit, however applications are open to those from across the UK who identify with the geographical area of the match event. Following evaluation of the pilot programme, we will seek funding to enable us to develop more comprehensive coverage across the UK.

Find out more and register your interest for the Bristol or Manchester match event for the opportunity to create a new partnership, access funding and explore getting a research idea off the ground.

Posted on behalf of Stephanie Todd, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Phone: 0117 3286425 Email: stephanie.todd@uwe.ac.uk

Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers

Are you an academic working with or training community/peer researchers? Are you interested in opening an honest and critical space which can confront some of the assumptions, challenges and pitfalls that working with community researchers can entail? Are you keen to find ways to develop new cross-disciplinary thinking about the role and training of community researchers in research partnerships?

Then join the NCCPE and the Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement research programme for this one-off round-table event.

Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: University of Bristol, Bristol
Participants: Academics working with or training community researchers

For more information and to register for this event, please see the NCCPE website.

Posted on behalf of Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester

Chemistry Week (19­-27 Nov 2016) funding call

The theme is ‘Changing Places’. RSC Grants of up to £750 will be available to support existing local and regional networks to develop and deliver events during Chemistry Week. Applicants are encouraged to interpret the theme in their own way. For example, networks may choose to deliver outreach events in new locations or venues, or to consider role reversal in their event format.

IIn previous years these nine days have played host to a variety of engaging and inspiring activities aimed at both school and public audiences. Ultimately this week is a celebration of the chemical sciences and an opportunity for our members to share their passion and demonstrate to people within their local communities how chemistry is relevant and present in everyday life.

More information is here: http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/chemistry-week/

The deadline for applications will be 29 July 2016. Applications must be submitted by 17.00 GMT.