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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

Engaging with the Media – 15 October 2014, 1-2pm, Manchester Museum, Kanaris Theatre

You don’t want to miss this month’s Engagement@Manchester session where explore the topic “Engaging with the Media“. We hear from academics who have recently featured in the media on a range of topics from Ebola to Papyrus and we find out how the University press office can help you to engage with a range of media channels more successfully.

15 October 2014, 1 – 2pm, Manchester Museum, Kanaris Theatre

Our speakers include:

Everyone is welcome – no experience in engagement activities needed! Free, drop-in, bring your lunch.

And if you missed out on previous events, you can catch on the resources and talks here:

We hope to see you there.

engagement@manchester – 21 May – Engaging with Young People – beyond the usual approaches

Our next engagement@manchester event explores “Engaging with Young People”. All staff and students are welcome to attend this free lunchtime event taking place Wed 21 May, 1-2pm, Kanaris lecture theatre, Manchester Museum.

Often when we think of public engagement and young people we think of activities related to schools, but in this session we explore what engagement looks like beyond the classroom. We look at the challenges and opportunities associated with engaging with young people beyond the usual approaches, and share the learning from three different perspectives.

Speakers include:

  • Suzie Henderson, Head of Creative Development, Contact Theatre – Our work around young people’s leadership development: The Agency project
  • Elisha Bradley, Undergraduate – What it means to be a member of the Manchester Museum Youth Board  (Video: Nature & Me: Elisha Bradley)
  • Kate Sapin, School of Environment, Education and Development, Programme Director, Community and Youth Work Studies – Exploring participatory engagement.

As always there are opportunities to network with others who have an interest in public engagement. And you will also find out about a new publication, produced by the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team “A Whistle Stop Tour of How To Run an Event for Schools and Pupils“.

If you have any queries please contact: Dee-Ann.Johnson@manchester.ac.uk

What is engagement@manchester?
Engagement@manchester are lunchtime events to provide informal professional development/networking sessions for anyone interested in public engagement. We’ve looked at a diverse range of topics including public engagement in teaching, citizen science, presenting in unusual places, using social media. You can catch up on previous sessions (filmed events, presentations and resources) here.