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Public Engagement at Manchester


Internal networks

We host a number of networks bringing colleagues and external partners together to foster discussion and share good practice:

Engagement@Manchester - a series of informal meetings exploring different aspects of public engagement. There is a wealth of expertise across our university and we are running these free events to help us share engaging ideas and experiences. Everyone is welcome – no experience in engagement activities needed.

Public engagement discussion list - an email forum for public engagement practitioners across the University to share their experience, knowledge, and best practice. Sign up to the list here.

Widening Participation and Academic Enrichment (WPAE) network - meets 3 times a year and provides Academic and PS staff with a remit or interest in widening participation with an opportunity to meet, discuss policy, reporting and share practice. If you would like to find out more about the network or sign up to the distribution list contact Rachel Bailey.

Policy@Manchester - connecting researchers with policy makers and influencers, nurturing long-term policy engagement relationships, and enhancing stakeholder understanding of pressing policy challenges.

Creative Manchester - a platform to bring educators, civic leaders and employers together. Supporting the creative industries if they are seeking academic support, student interns, partnership opportunities with world-class venues, a platform within our University community, and funding opportunities.

Public Contributors - anyone can get involved; whether you want to learn more about research and teaching going on at the University, or use your own experiences to help others, there are a number of ways you can take part. Take a look this useful guide: Being a Public Contributor (pdf).

Additionally you can keep up-to-date with all our programmes, initiatives, activities and events through our monthly Social Responsiblity newsletter.

External networks

BIG Science Communicators Network - skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths. BIG runs regular events and training courses on issues relevant to science communication and informal science and maths education. We also provide great opportunities for networking with other professional science communicators and so much more. (Membership fee)

NCCPE Public Engagement Professionals (PEP) network - aims to support public engagement professionals across the UK working in higher education and research to access CPD, peer support and the latest thinking on engagement. (Membership fee waived until March 2021)

National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM - a group of organisations committed to the value of engaging the public with STEM, and to working collaboratively to support innovation and good practice.

Public Engagement with Science (PSCI-COM) - an email list to provide a forum for discussion of any matter relating to public communication of science and public engagement with science. Sign up to the list here.

Science Communication Socials - a list of free science communication socials which take place regularly across the UK (list curated by Katie Steckles). For Manchester gatherings see scicommburrito.co.uk.

Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) network - promotes new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives on the communication of science and technology. (Membership fee)

University Museums Group (UMG) - actively campaigns for the university museum sector. UMG advocates for its members nationally and internationally and provides networking opportunities and regular seminars. (Membership fee)

UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) - brings together over 60 major science engagement organisations in the UK. Together, our vision is for a society where people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences.