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Engage Academy 2023: APPLICATIONS OPEN, 7-month development programme for public engagement professionals

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Academy 2023

Are you working to foster a culture of engagement in your organisation? Do you support others to engage with the public and communities? Are you keen to develop your agency, capabilities and networks to enhance your approach?

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is delighted to open applications for our sector-leading Engage Academy (https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/nccpe-projects-and-services/professional-development/engage-academy)

Whether you call yourself a public engagement professional, or wear a different title, the Engage Academy is for you.

This year’s Engage Academy will run again from January – July 2023, and provide engagement professionals with the opportunity to network amongst peers, explore common challenges, and build skills and strategies to enhance their work and develop as change agents within their institutions. Sessions will be online, bookended with the opportunity to attend two in-person events in January and July.

Programme structure: The Engage Academy provides a stimulating environment, encouraging thoughtful engagement with content; informal networking to recreate those ‘coffee queue’ moments, and opportunities to access content at times convenient to you. The programme components include:

  • Interactive online workshops
  • Webinars which can be accessed as part of a watch party, or in your own time, including opportunities to meet the webinar contributors to explore further
  • Facilitated networking social events
  • Peer learning groups facilitated by a champion and supported by an experienced mentor

The Engage Academy requires approximately 6-7 days commitment during the 7 month programme.

Is Engage Academy for me? Engage Academy is intended for those whose role primarily involves supporting others to engage. We welcome applications from those working across higher education, research, knowledge, charity, health and public sector organisations. The Academy is designed for people at every stage of their engagement career, from those new to the sector through to those with many years of experience.

Cost and bursaries: The cost to attend Engage Academy will be £900 or an £800 early bird rate for tickets purchased in September 2022. We are committed to supporting people to be able to access the Academy. We offer bursaries and an instalment option for payments. We can also support you to make a case internally for securing investment in your professional development. Please let us know what support you need when you apply. (Note: UoM staff can apply for internal funding via the University of Manchester Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Professional Development Fund – see: http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/blog/?p=4555)

Find out more and apply: Follow this link to find out more and apply for a place: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/nccpe-projects-and-services/professional-development/engage-academy

Deadline: Please submit your application by 17:00 on Monday 31st October. We will respond by Wednesday 16th November to let you know if you have been successful in gaining a place on the programme.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact NCCPE Senior Project Officer Siân Aggett at engage.academy@uwe.ac.uk

We look forward to learning and developing together!

Posted on behalf of The NCCPE team https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/

Calling all scientists and engineers – looking to engage new audiences with your research?

Wonder Match Manchester – Tuesday 8 October, at Bridge 5 Mill.

Are you a scientist or engineer who would like to engage with new audiences with your research?

There is funding available to help this happen! Come to a Wonder Match event to find out more…

Wonder Match provides an opportunity to find out how you could access up to £15,000 for projects that support diverse audiences to engage with STFC-related science and technology. This event will be a chance to hear from the funders, find out about the STFC Spark Award, and meet potential project partners from community organisations.

You will also have the chance to apply for up to £1000 of ‘thinking funding’ to help you establish and develop community partnerships that could strengthen your Spark Award application.

Find out more and apply here: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/wonder-match

Posted on behalf of Dr Neville Hollingworth, Public Engagement Manager, Science and Technology Facilities Council
E: Neville.hollingworth@stfc.ac.uk

Media Engagement Masterclass, 4 October 2018, 10am to 5pm Bristol

Would you like reach new audiences for your research this year? The NCCPE is hosting a Media Engagement Masterclass next month, providing a practical guide to engaging with the media.

Using the NCCPE’s quality engagement framework, this workshop explores the purpose, people, process and evaluation of media engagement. With the help of experienced journalist and broadcast producer Craig Henderson, we will support you to better understand the ways in which the media can benefit your work.

Together we will explore the potential value of media engagement, and address some of the myths, misconceptions and genuine concerns that academics feel when confronted with the idea of opening up their research to the media. This session will raise awareness of the media, help you to find the ‘story’ of your research, and maximise your chances of successful media engagement.

Media Engagement Masterclass – Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm,

Find out more and book your place at: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/whats-new/events/media-engagement-masterclass

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:

If you are a partner of the University of Manchester, please follow this survey link:

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