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Public Engagement at Manchester

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

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