Thank you for your interest in the Engage Watermark. There are currently three levels of award (Gold, Silver and Bronze), each relating to a different stage that an institution has reached in its support for public engagement. After three years, institutions with a gold award can apply for the platinum level – evidencing a sustained commitment to public engagement.
There are lots of benefits of applying for an award including:
- Intelligence gathering about how well your institution supports engagement
- Benchmarking and evidencing progress over time
- Reward and recognition for your commitment to embedding engagement into your institution
The assessment can be applied at an institutional or faculty level. The costs for the assessment process in 2018 are:
- Institutional assessment - £8,900
- Faculty assessment - £7,500
The fees include a comprehensive assessment of support for engagement; a report detailing areas of strength and weakness; support and advice as to how to move your work forward; the Watermark Award (including Award Certificate and Wall plaque); participation in the presentation event at Engage 2018 (exacts dates TBC); a licence to use the award for a 3 year period; and participation in the Watermark network of Engaged Universities/ Faculties.
For 2018 RCUK have provided a limited number of bursaries to support institutions to complete the Watermark process. The bursary covers 20% of the cost of the Institutional assessment, and 30% of the Faculty assessment, making the discounted costs as follows:
- Institutional assessment - £7,120
- Faculty assessment - £5,250
N.B. Where an overnight stay is necessary for site visits, institutions will be required to cover the costs of accommodation.
Please note: To proceed with your application you will need to complete this booking form by the 26th February, and raise a purchase order for the Watermark fee by the 5th March 2018. Please note that the purchase order should be in the name of the University of the West of England (UWE). Please contact Lisa Adlington Lisa.Adlington@uwe.ac.uk for any further information required to set UWE up as a supplier.
On completion of this form we will send you an outline of the Watermark process for 2018 including a timeline and key milestones that need to be met. Applicants unable to progress with their applicaiton within the time frame will have their award deferred until Engage 2019.