The Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) project builds on the success and learning from the Research Councils UK Catalyst Seed Fund, Catalyst funding and the Beacons for Public Engagement, as well as addressing specific challenge areas identified in the recent Factors Affecting Public Engagement by Researchers and State of Play reports.
The project was initially funded by Research Councils UK and is continued under UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Seven institutions have been funded to create, enrich and embed cultures within higher education institutions where excellent public engagement with research (PER) is more effectively and strategically supported. These ‘embedding’ projects are:
- Birkbeck College, University of London, led by Professor Miriam Zukus
- Heriot-Watt University, led by Professor Gareth Pender
- Keele University, led by Professor David Amigoni
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, led by Professor Dame Anne Mills
- NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, led by Dr Nick Wells
- University of Lincoln, led by Professor Carenza Lewis
- University of St Andrews, led by Professor John Woollins
A further five projects have been funded to expand the existing knowledge about ‘what works’ in supporting public engagement with research, synthesise this knowledge, and pilot activity in a chosen challenge areas. These ‘challenge’ projects and their challenge areas are:
- University of Brighton: ‘quality of public engagement with research’, led by Professor Tara Dean
- University College London: ‘governance arrangements’, led by Professor David Price
- University of Bath: ‘take up of training and CPD’, Professor Jonathan Knight
- University of Southampton: ‘take up of training and CPD’, led by Professor Simon Spearing
- STFC – Laboratories: ‘take up of training and CPD’, led by Dr Neil Geddes
NCCPE are delighted to be providing coordination for the SEE-PER portfolio of projects. We are supporting the funded projects to: work together efficiently; address challenges in a coordinated way; think collectively about evaluation and legacy; share learning; and engage the wider sector in the learning from the programme.