by | Feb 11, 2022

Internal networks

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


Engagement@Manchester provides a series of informal meetings exploring different aspects of public engagement.

There is a wealth of expertise across the 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.

Visit the Engagement@Manchester page.

University Public engagement mailing list

This is an email forum for public engagement practitioners across the University to share their experience, knowledge, and best practice.

To sign up, submit your email address and click the ‘subscribe’ button on this form. You can unsubscribe at any time.

FSE Outreach and Public Engagement Network (OPEN)

The Faculty of Science and Engineering host regular meetings to connect staff and students, provide key updates and share good practice on public engagement and outreach activities. 

To find out more, please get in touch.


Widening Participation and Academic Enrichment Network

This is open to anyone at the University with an interest in widening participation at any stage of the student lifecycle, though the primary focus of the network is on access.

To join the network, get in touch and ask for your communication preferences to be updated to include WP.



Policy@Manchester connects researchers with policymakers and influencers, nurtures long-term policy engagement relationships, and enhances stakeholder understanding of pressing policy challenges.

You can keep up to date with all our policy news, blogs, events and activities through the Policy@Manchester monthly newsletter.

Creative Manchester

Creative Manchester is a platform bringing educators, civic leaders and employers together.

The initiative supports the creative industries in seeking academic support, student interns, partnership opportunities with world-class venues, a platform within our university community, and funding opportunities.

Find out more about Creative Manchester.

Public contributors in biology, medicine and health

Anyone can get involved; whether you want to learn more about research and teaching going on in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, or use your own experiences to help others, there are a number of ways you can take part.

Social Responsibility newsletter

You can keep up-to-date with all our social responsibility news, programmes, initiatives, activities and events through our monthly newsletter.

Sign up for the Social Responsibility newsletter.

FBMH Social Responsibility and Public Engagement newsletter

You can keep up-to-date with opportunities, training, and funding available to staff, students, and public contributors through the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health’s monthly digest.

Sign up for the Faculty Social Responsibility and Public Engagement newsletter.

External networks

Science Communication Socials

Free Science Communication Socials take place regularly across the UK, providing opportunities to meet others with an interest in public engagement and science communication.

Find out more about the Science Communication Socials.

BIG Science Communicators Network

This is a skills sharing network for those involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths.

BIG runs regular events and training courses and provides opportunities for networking with other professional science communicators. A membership fee applies.

Find out more about the BIG Science Communicators Network.

NCCPE Public Engagement Professionals (PEP) network

This is a forum to support public engagement professionals across the UK working in higher education and research, providing access to CPD, peer support and the latest thinking on public engagement.

Find out more about the NCCPE PEP network.

National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM

This is a group of organisations committed to the value of engaging the public with STEM and to working collaboratively to support innovation and good practice.

Find out more about the National Forum.

Public Engagement with Science (PSCI-COM)

This is 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 PSCI-COM mailing list.


This is a platform and network to engage broader audiences in science, health and research in a fun, accessible way.

Take part in monthly challenges to improve your science communication skills, and connect with scientists, health experts, artists, storytellers, expert reviewers and audiences to improve science and health communication.

Find out more about Lifeology.

Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) network

This network promotes new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives on the communication of science and technology. A membership fee applies.

Find out more about the PCST network.

UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC)

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.

Find out more about ASDC.

University Museums Group (UMG)

UMG actively campaigns for the university museum sector.

UMG advocates for its members nationally and internationally and provides networking opportunities and regular seminars. A membership fee applies.

Find out more about UMG.