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Engagement@Manchester – 15 May 2019, 1.00-2.30pm with Dr Emily Dawson, UCL

Engagement@Manchester – 15 May 2019, 1.00-2.30pm, Michael Smith Building (lecture theatre at entrance)

Increasingly as public engagement practitioners we are asked to look at ways we might engage with more diverse audiences. But what do we know about who, how and why people do (or do not engage) with science.

In our next Engagement@Manchester best practice session, our special guest: Dr Emily Dawson, UCL, will present on the topic of “Equity, Exclusion & Everyday Science Learning”.

Emily’s work focuses on how people learn about and engage with science, with an emphasis on equity and social justice. Her research and teaching explore how some science education practices across the formal and informal education sectors (i.e. from schools, to museums, to watching TV at home) set certain kinds of people up to be successful when they engage with science, while other people are set up to fail.

Seeing Emily talk and hearing about her research really challenged me about my work and inspired me to think differently about how I do public engagement. Her work is relevant for anyone wanting to do public engagement no matter what discipline you are in.” – Prof Sheena Cruickshank, Academic Lead for Public Engagement

All welcome to this best practice session. No registration required.

Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Dee-Ann Johnson
Public Engagement Manager | Office for Social Responsibility | The University of Manchester | 0161 306 3231 |Twitter: @uomengage

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:

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