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Engagement@Manchester: Policy, Health and Culture – 21 March 2018, 1.00-2.00pm

Our next Engagement@Manchester session will be on policy, health and culture. Improving health and wellbeing has been recognised as important by policymakers and engaging in the arts is proving to have an impact on building health and wellbeing.

When and where: 21 March 2018, 1.00-2.00pm, Zochonis B24

Drop-in and join us to hear from:

  • Colin Lorne is a Research Fellow in AMBS working on the Health Foundation-funded project Devolving Health and Social Care: Learning from Greater Manchester. He will give a whistle stop tour of Greater Manchester Health Devolution.
  • Mary Tully is a Reader in Pharmacy Practice in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry who works in the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences as Director of Public Engagement for Connected Health Cities and is co-lead for Public Engagement for HeRC. Mary will share her experiences of using citizens’ juries to influence policy on health data.
  • Wendy Gallagher, Arts and Health Partnership Manager at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth, will discuss the importance of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the recent report Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing. The report contains strong evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Wendy will also highlight some of the strategic developments across the health and culture sector.

This engagment@manchester session is brought to you by Suzanne Spicer and Anna Bunney.

Impact and research partnerships: E@M lunchtime session, 7 Feb 2018, 13.00 drop-in

We are delighted to announce that the next Engagement@Manchester lunchtime share session will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Drop-in and listen to colleagues who share their experiences of impact and research partnerships. Join a discussion on the current context on public engagement and REF2021 and discover what expertise and support is available to build research partnerships.

TITLE: Impact and research partnerships

WHEN: 7 February, 13.00-14.30

WHERE: Room 3-210, University Place


  • Dr Sarah Marie Hall (School of Social Sciences) – Everyday Austerity project (winner of the inaugural Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Active Citizenship)
  • Dr Emmanuel Pinteaux (Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology) – Stroke, Self and Brain workshops in partnership with The Stroke Association

Followed by discussion and information concerning:

  • Current context around impact and public engagement – UOM and REF2021
  • Internal expertise and support to build research partnerships.

All welcome!

Judith Gracey & Rachel Kenyon, Research & Business Engagement Support Services

Engagement@Manchester: Working with schools and young people 17 May, 1– 2:30pm

Engagement@Manchester: Working with schools and young people – 17 May, 1 – 2:30pm, G38 Coupland 1 Building.

In this session, led by the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Staff and Students who have experienced a diverse range of outreach activities involving young people from across Greater Manchester and beyond.

There will be case studies from PhD Students, an academic school and researcher-led projects. We will also highlight support available for you to start/expand/contribute to schools liaison work in your academic school. A perfect event for staff and students brand new to working with schools and young people and wondering where to start.

There will be coffee & cake at this event, our final engagement@manchester for this academic year. The session is open to all, so please pop in and see how you can get involved.

If you have any suggestions or topics you’d like covered in next years Engagement@Manchester sessions – please let us know on engagement@manchester.ac.uk

We hope to see you there!

Emma Lewis-Kalubowila, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM), The University of Manchester

Public engagement can lead to impact – E@M session with Paul Manners from NCCPE – 25 Jan 1-2.30pm

Public engagement can lead to impact with Paul Manners, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

25 January 2017 1.00-2.30pm, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum

Join us for this month’s Engagement@Manchester lunchtime learn and share meeting when we are pleased to welcome Paul Manners, Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Over the last year, the NCCPE has completed a major review of how public engagement fared in REF 2014. During this excellent opportunity, Paul will share the headlines and explore the implications for REF 2021.

All welcome.

Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3047
Email: suzanne.spicer@manchester.ac.uk

engagement@manchester session: 11th May 2016: working with school teachers

Please join us at our next engagement@manchester session, where we will explore the topic “Working with school teachers”. Many colleagues across the University work with pupils in schools; but this session will focus on areas of good practise in working with teachers. By working with teachers, we have an opportunity to establish long-lasting and far-reaching relationships which can have hugely positive impacts.

With input from Stephanie Lee, Head of Outreach and Widening Participation, as well as well as David Rydeheard, Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Cat Lumb, Secondary and Post 16 Coordinator, Humanities, Manchester Museum. We will explore the benefits of working with school teachers and share top-tips from colleagues with experience working with them.

When and Where: 11 May 2016, 1 – 2:30pm, University Place 2.219

Be sure to bring along your questions as well as your hints and tips about how to work most effectively with this audience. There will be time for networking.
All welcome. No registration needed, just drop in.

Hope to see you there,

Emma Lewis and Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officers.

Evidencing public engagement – learning from REF 2014 experiences

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1 – 2:30pm, Simon Building, Lecture Room 4A (4.63)

This month’s engagement@manchester lunchtime session will have a focus on how we should be evaluating the impact of public engagement with research, for possible future REF case studies.

Hear from colleagues who share their experiences from REF2014 and join the discussions on the challenges and how to collect evidence. In particular we’ll be looking at what information to collect, how to collect it and who might be interested in it or able to use it.


The format will be short (+/- 5-10 min) talks from 4 academics who submitted REF2014 impact case studies with a significant public engagement element, looking at:

  • How impact was achieved?
  • How it was evidenced?
  • How did they put the case study together?
  • This will be followed by Q&A discussion and some interactive group discussions, including looking at Public Engagement cases submitted to REF from some other Universities.

Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager | Office for Social Responsibility | The University of Manchester | 186 Waterloo Place | Oxford Road | Manchester M13 9PL | Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3047 suzanne.spicer@manchester.ac.uk

E@M session Wednesday 21st October: Evidencing public engagement – learning from REF

Upcoming engagement@manchester lunchtime session on Wednesday 21 October

Evidencing public engagement – learning from REF 2014 experiences

We will be discussing how we should be evaluating and evidencing public engagement with research, for possible future REF case studies.

Hear from colleagues who share their experiences from REF2014 and join the discussions on the challenges and how to collect evidence.

When and where:
Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1 – 2:30pm
Simon Building, Lecture Room 4A (4.63)
Open to all staff, free, drop in.

Unusual festivals for engaging the public in your research

Our next Engagement@Manchester lunchtime meeting exploring issues of public engagement is on Wednesday 18 March, 1-2pm at Manchester Museum.

Unusual festivals for engaging the public in your research
This session will explore some of the more unusual festival events that our researchers have taken part in to engage with the public and will give attendees the chance to discuss their ideas and ask any questions.


  • Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies will explore working with SICK! Festival, the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges. SICK! is taking place now in Manchester and Brighton.
  • Ellie Welsh, Robogals (bringing engineering to girls) working with Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire.

Save the dates

  • 20 May 2015 – The why, what and how of public involvement in research
  • 15 July 2015 – What did we learn from REF/impact and public engagement?

What is Engagment@Manchester

Are you interested in public engagement? Do you want to meet other like-minded people at the University? Would you like to hear some inspiring ideas?

Then come along to this series of lunchtime meetings exploring different aspects of public engagement. There is a wealth of expertise across our university and we are running these free events to help us share engaging ideas and experiences.


Posted by Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester