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Public Engagement at Manchester

Your invitation to take part in the NCCPE Engage Watermark survey (closes 15 June 2018)

The University of Manchester has applied for an Engage Watermark, an action identified in its Share, Inspire, Involve public engagement strategy (pdf).

The Engage Watermark is an award granted by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to higher education institutions to recognise and reward their strategic support for public engagement and their commitment to improve the support offered.

There are four levels of award, each relating to a different stage that an institution has reached in its support for public engagement, as based on the NCCPE’s EDGE tool. The Watermark lasts for three years, after which institutions can apply again. Only those institutions with a gold award can apply for the platinum level.

The Watermark process involves the completion of an application form; a survey of staff, students and partners; two assessed site visits; and the development of an action plan for the next three years.

We would appreciate you taking 15-20 minutes to complete the survey to share how well you think the University supports public engagement.

To complete the survey by 15 June 2018, please follow the relevant link below:

If you are a student or staff member of the University of Manchester, please follow this survey link:
https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/university-manchester-engage-watermark-survey

If you are a partner of the University of Manchester, please follow this survey link:
https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/engagement-watermark-survey-partners-university-manchester

Posted with thanks on behalf of Professor Sheena Cruickshank, Academic Lead for Public Engagement, The University of Manchester.

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 partnerships

Are you curious about building a new partnership with local community organisations or businesses?

Community-university partnerships bring together two sets of expertise and knowledge for mutual benefit. Partners decide the terms and the focus so that the benefits are shared and the relationships are worthwhile.

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) with The University of Manchester are launching the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) which aims to help broker and cultivate new partnerships – because developing long lasting links with community organisations and businesses can be challenging.

How does it work?
Based on a tried and tested method, CUPI hosts match events that allow you to explore potential partnerships that draw on your research expertise. The first match event is being held in Manchester on Tuesday 17 April 2018 10.30-4.30pm at the St Thomas Centre. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

CUPI match events provide an opportunity for new partnerships that emerge from the event to bid for a small ‘kick-start’ fund of £500 – £1000 to get the project off the ground. You will have an opportunity to bid for funding during the event. Bids must contain at least one researcher and one community organisation member. The funding is intended to help potential partners to work out if and how they might work together and to refine their ideas, by covering some of the costs involved in thinking and planning. This could include doing some desk based research, travelling to meet up to test or frame your ideas into clearer project plans or simply having further conversations.

Support will also be available if you want to explore ways to fund and develop your projects in the future, with an additional opportunity for projects to bid for more CUPI funding.

Any researcher can apply. If you can, try make sure the person attending has authority to bid for funding. If not, bids can be made after the event too. To find out more and apply for a place at the match event click here.

If you have any further questions then please contact stephanie.todd@uwe.ac.uk

CUPI match events are delivered through the Community University Partnership Initiative funded by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, developed by the NCCPE.

Posted by Suzanne Spicer FRSA, Social Responsibility Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester

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

Engage 2016: Inspiring Innovation

I’m delighted to let you know that registration is open for Engage 2016 – the NCCPE’s annual public engagement conference.

Featuring the finalists of this year’s Engage competition, the conference will celebrate the diversity of engaged practice across the UK. The conference will provide an opportunity both to take stock and to move forwards with our engagement work.

Engage 2016 will take place on the 29th & 30th November in Bristol. You can find out more and register via out website: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/engage-2016

We look forward to seeing you there! Just let me know if you have any queries – Email: laura2.steele@uwe.ac.uk or Phone: 0117 328 7191

Posted on behalf of Laura Steele, Project Officer, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement