Manifesto for Public Engagement

We are inviting every university and research institute in the UK to sign up to our Manifesto for Public Engagement.


We believe that universities and research institutes have a major responsibility to contribute to society through their public engagement, and that they have much to gain in return.

We are committed to sharing our knowledge, resources and skills with the public, and to listening to and learning from the expertise and insight of the different communities with which we engage.

We are committed to developing our approach to managing, supporting and delivering public engagement for the benefit of staff, students and the public, and to sharing what we learn about effective practice.  


Download the 

Manifesto Booklet (PDF, 3.92Mb).

Manifesto Sign up Sheet (PDF, 137kB)              


Why sign up?

1. There is compelling evidence that public engagement is critical to a healthy higher education institution.

You can read the full case for public engagement here.

2. Research funders expect universities to support public engagement

In 2010 the UK research funders published the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research. In this they clearly articulate their expectations of institutions that they fund. One key way institutions can respond to this is by signing up to the Public Engagement Manifesto.

3. You can access help to develop your work in this area

Signing the Manifesto is not an end in itself, but a commitment to celebrate, share and support the public engagement activity within your institution. The NCCPE is offering support to any institution who wants to develop their work in this area.

In addition early adopters of the manifesto will have access to bespoke consultancy, drawing on the learning from the Beacons for Public Engagement and the vinspired students project.

What next?

Find out how to sign up