Welcome to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Newsletter

Conference: Engage 2012, 5 & 6 December 2012, Bristol

We are delighted to announce that booking has now opened for our 3rd National Conference: Engage 2012. This two day conference will explore how public engagement enables universities to face the challenges posed by the need to more rigorously demonstrate the impact of research; increasing demands for a ‘relevant’ curriculum that prepares students for life beyond university; and the need to mobilise knowledge in addressing challenges faced by society.

Keynote presenters include Carole Souter (CBE), Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund and David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), HEFCE; themed workshops; and a host of other interactive sessions, delegates will be able to explore different aspects of the engagement agenda including research; teaching and learning; knowledge exchange; and social responsibility. More details and registrations here.

UK Community Partner Summit

In June this year community partners and academics came together to think about ways to build university community resilience. The delegates prioritised three areas of work and a working group is now meeting to take these ideas forward. To find out more about the summit, who’s involved and what’s happening next, visit here.

We would love to hear from community partners working with universities who would like to get involved. Please get in touch with Becci.feltham@uwe.ac.uk to find out more.

NCCPE Public Engagement Ambassador Event –  7 November 2012, 10:30 -16:00, London

Booking is open for the next public engagement ambassador event. Delegates will be able to find out more about public engagement at King’s College London; take a tour of the Museum of Life Sciences; and discuss relevant topics, informed by suggestions on the booking form. If you are a member of the scheme, please book here.

Creating Impact Case Studies for the REF: 16 January 2013, Bristol

Are you helping researchers to makes sense of the Impact dimension to the REF? If so the NCCPE is keen to help. This training the trainer event provides a unique opportunity to find out about resources we’ve developed to help researchers create impact case studies, and to develop skills in evaluation. Book your place here.

Training and events
If you offer relevant training and events do get in touch. We can profile your training and events on our NCCPE website. Upcoming opportunities include:

Community Participation in Professional Practice at the University of Edinburgh
This new course is aimed at helping you make the most of new opportunities in this emerging area or solve problems in your current place of work. You will study with leading practitioners of participatory approaches via three Masterclasses in Edinburgh. The teaching team, led by Tom Wakeford, will be available for practical support and advice on your work-based assignment for up to three hours a week. The course starts in January 2013. Details and contacts can be found here.


If you require further information about our work, please follow the instructions for that item or email nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.