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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

Engage conference 2014 registration now open!

The NCCPE annual conference is sneaking up on us! In Bristol on the 3 and 4 December 2014 we will be bringing together people who are interested in public engagement to be inspired, challenged and refreshed.

Our conference theme this year is Captivating places; Captivating ideas; Captivating people: Unlocking the potential of curiosity-driven engagement, and in the coming weeks we’ll be blogging, tweeting and discussing what these themes mean to you, so do share your thoughts!

You can see a provisional programme of what to expect at Engage 2014 here, and to register for Engage, please click the following link.

We are delighted to announce that plenary speakers include Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England – who will be sharing her insights on how universities need to engage with the public; Dominic Gray, Projects Director at Opera North, and Michael John Gorman, Director of the Science Gallery in Dublin – two organisations doing quite extraordinary work to engage with the public; and Eleonora Belfiore, Associate Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, a leading thinker about the dynamics of engagement and how to value it.

Has the REF helped to embed support for public engagement? As universities await the conclusions of the REF 2014 assessment exercise, the NCCPE having been considering the impact of the REF on public engagement, and whether this has been positive or negative. Join in the discussion by sharing your comments on our blog. We will be picking up this discussion in more depth at Engage 2014 where we are hosting a seminar all about the REF, so look out for that when planning your visit.

Posted on behalf of becci.feltham@uwe.ac.uk