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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.

10 minutes of your time to support research into social responsibility by MBS

10 minutes of your time to support research into social responsibility by MBS

As socially-responsible-minded colleagues, we hoped you would take 10 minutes to complete a quick online survey that has been developed in MBS. As part of the PG research the survey is testing the relationship between a commitment to social responsibility and the levels of commitment staff have to their organisations. It is envisaged the research will allow the University to benchmark itself against other types of employers.

Here is the link – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_3DfJBOopxc37OTeMZFS-PxFlXzoGFOC_0Mal7208s8/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link​

Many thanks in advance for your support.

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

Did you volunteer for the University on 16 May – National Day of Volunteering (Give and Gain Day)?

You may be aware that 16 May was National Day of Volunteering and that the University contributed by participating in ‘Give and Gain Day’. This is an initiative organised by Business in the Community (BiTC)* that encourages employers to target staff volunteering activity onto this particular day to effect a groundswell and maximise the impact of staff participation on a global scale.

In addition to the formally brokered ‘BiTC Give and Gain projects’ that some University teams signed up for, we have the opportunity to contribute further to the success of the day by recording ANY staff volunteering activity that took place on 16 May. Consequently, if you are aware of University supported staff volunteering (e.g. School Governors, Public Engagement, team development volunteering events) that are happening in your area, please would you please let susan.field@manchester.ac.uk know about it by answering the following brief questions:

  • No. of employee volunteers
  • Approximately how many hours (in total) were given to this activity on 16 May?
  • Please give a short description of the activity you took part in.
  • Name of beneficiary organisation
  • Beneficiary postcode (if known)
  • Did you work in collaboration with other companies on the day?
  • Brief details of who

* ‘Business in the Community’ (BiTC) brings together like-minded organisations to use their ideas, talents and resources to enhance their social responsibility impact. The University became a member of BiTC in Summer 2013 in support of our social responsibility agenda.

Thank you in anticipation of your help!

Susan Field, Head of Human Resources,  HR Office,  Faculty of Engineering & Physical 

British Science Association strategic review – your help requested

The British Science Association is beginning a major strategic review
process to figure out who they need to be and what they need to do over the
coming years.

The online survey is now open – it will take about 10 minutes to complete. There’s £50 worth of M&S vouchers in it for one lucky winner, as a small incentive.

The survey link: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=karR1VtxSqsRAYLKlbn72w

Find out more about the British Science Association.

Posted on behalf of Imran Khan, Chief Executive, British Science Association

Community Partner Perspectives

This might be of interest to community partners you might work with…

Please contact becci.feltham@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Are you a Community Partner?
We are asking community partners who are working with universities and those who are interested in working with universities in the future, for their views in order to inform the development of a UK Community Partner Network to share learning and experiences of community-university partnership working, and to support universities, community organisations and funders to develop more effective ways of working collaboratively.
If you are not a community partner but you have community partner networks or colleagues, we would be really grateful if you could forward this information to them.

The work has been initiated by a group of community partners, engaged academics, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton (CUPP) who are committed to supporting the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between universities and community groups.

We are seeking feedback to inform the development of the next phase of this project which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The survey may take 10-15 minutes to complete. All of the questions are optional, and we would like to encourage you to fill in as many as are relevant to you. We look forward to getting your input into this work.

A link to the survey is here https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/nccpe/commpartner/

You can find out more about the Community Partner project here www.publicengagement.ac.uk/about/community-partner-network

Posted on behalf of Erinma Ochu PhD FRSA

Help shape the future of our Social Responsibility Work

You are invited to help to shape the University’s work on its social responsibility agenda – Goal Three of the Manchester 2020 Strategic Plan.

The aim of Goal Three is to ensure that the University contributes to the social and economic success of the local, national and international community through all its activities.

Many of you already contribute to the achievement of this goal through your work on:

  • Research – where projects focus on finding solutions to global challenges such as cancer, social cohesion, world poverty and carbon reduction;
  • Teaching and Learning – where courses and initiatives such as our Manchester Leadership Programme and University College help to produce responsible and socially-aware graduates;
  • Engagement – by encouraging access to the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Jodrell Bank, the John Rylands Library and to our courses through flagship initiatives such as the Manchester Access Programme and Equity and Merit Scholarships.

Many other colleagues, particularly in the Professional Support Services, also contribute by ensuring that the University champions equality and diversity and environmental sustainability and opens up employment opportunities to people from our neighbouring communities.

We have recently reviewed all of the activities that make a contribution to the achievement of Goal Three and we have concluded that we could have a greater impact if we focus on a more ambitious and tightly focused set of activities that illustrate more effectively what we mean by “social responsibility” and where we are making a difference.

You can share your views with us online here.

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy from: Suzanne Spicer at Suzanne.spicer@manchester.ac.uk or on 0161 306 3047.

Posted on behalf of Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester