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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

Workshop: Engaged Research in the Arts

Tuesday 1 July 2-5pm, Contact Theatre (Space 3)

Researchers in the arts at the University of Manchester work with a range of arts and cultural organizations across the city and wider region. These collaborations can set research agendas, facilitate research, maximise its impact, ensure its social relevance and lead to creative outcomes.


This workshop will highlight engaged research in practice and explore different models and modes of engagement between researchers and arts/cultural organizations. It will also provide a forum for researchers and cultural partners to meet and share ideas, as well as an opportunity to foster new collaborations and ongoing conversations on social engagement across the arts. We’ll begin the afternoon with panel presentations followed by time for discussion, and conclude with a screening of creative work produced by the Delia Darlings followed by a wine reception and informal networking session. Support for this event has generously been provided by the Division of Art History, Music and Drama and the Division of English, American Studies, and Creative Writing.

Speakers include:

Registration and Queries

The event is free and please pass on the invitation to anyone you think might be interested, but please sign up in advance via Eventbrite as there are a limited number of places. For any further information, contact Dr. Simon Parry (simon.parry@manchester.ac.uk) or Dr. J. Michelle Coghlan (j.michelle.coghlan@manchester.ac.uk).

Posted by Dr Simon Parry, Lecturer in Drama and Arts Management, Drama / Institute for Cultural Practices, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

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.

Researchers in Residence Showcase, 16 June, Manchester Museum

We are inviting you to attend the Researchers in Residence Showcase.

The Researchers in Residence project is a pilot-scheme of funded internships for PhD students and Post-Doc Researchers, developed by UoM Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, artsmethods, and non-HE partners.

These placements will provide a way of conceptualising and developing collaborative work with non-HEI cultural partners – combining and reflecting upon mentoring, peer learning, researcher development, impact, knowledge exchange, project design, and employability.

Each of the selected institutions holds a wealth of archival and collections material which will benefit from researcher engagement. The projects developed would ideally harness the skills and research expertise of the student and contribute to the cultural institutions development. The projects might range from contributing to curatorial tasks to education and outreach work, from discrete research on a particular issue or the running of an event.

The event will showcase the projects undertaken in 2013-14 and will act as a forum for discussing wider issues surrounding research and engagement between Higher Education Institutions and cultural, heritage and charity organisations. The RinR project will run 2014-15 so your thoughts on how this should be structured will be very welcome.

Please see the attached programme for more details.

For further info on the RinR projects, please visit the blog:

To book a ticket: www.eventbrite.com/e/researchers-in-residence-showcase-tickets-11544021479

Posted on behalf of Jenna C. Ashton, Project Officer

A workshop on Understanding Participation

How do you analyse participation by individuals, communities or the public in your area of study? What criteria do you use to evaluate participation? What theories or models does your discipline use?

The Understanding Participation workshop, taking place Friday 21 February 2014 from, 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m will explore these questions and more.

Participation is a key element in research and professional practice for varied academic disciplines engaging people in making decisions about issues and procedures that affect their lives, from individual well-being to global sustainability.

Would You Like to Share Your Models, frameworks or examples?

On Tuesday 21 February 2014, we will be holding a multi disciplinary workshop designed to consider a range of models for analysing and evaluating participation, whether in virtual or face to face interactions.

We are looking for individuals interested in sharing their models, frameworks or examples of their application to practice at the workshop. It does not have to be a report of research undertaken: We would welcome posters, slides or slideshows that outline or sumarise an approach to evaluating participation.

If you would like to contribute a display click here to submit details of your examples
Please note that the deadline for the description is Monday 13 January 2014

Don’t have a model, but would like to attend the event, register here.

To discuss your ideas or queries, please contact:

Kate Sapin, Programme Director, Community and Youth Work Studies, Manchester Institute for Education, School of Environment, Education and Development. Email – Kate.sapin@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161 275 3523

Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science, Institute of Social Change,
School of Social Sciences.  Email – Rachel.Gibson@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161-306-6933

This event is funded by Manchester Informatics

engagement@manchester – Working in Partnership with the Public

Engagement@Manchester is a series of lunchtime meetings exploring different aspects of public engagement. All University staff and students are welcome to attend these free events. No registration required – just pop along.

The next meeting will focus on Working in Partnership with the Public and take place on Wednesday 17 April, 1 – 2pm, Alan Turing Building, G.107.

This month’s event will explore how people from the University have successfully worked together with members of the public and community groups over a long time period. This aspect of public engagement is about shared project planning and delivery and we will hear from people with experience of working with the public in research, volunteering and teaching.


  • Claire Planner is a health services researcher and she coordinates a patient, carer and public advisory group (called PRIMER) who assist in the design and delivery of research projects.
  • Lindsay Gilbert is the Head of Volunteering & Community Engagement in the University and she will share some of the schemes she works on in partnership with community groups.
  • Yvonne Awenat is an Hon Research Fellow who works in the School of Psychological Sciences and coordinates the Community Liaison Group, who contribute to many aspects of teaching for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact: kate.dack@manchester.ac.uk

To find out more about Engagement@Manchester visit: www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk