Engage Academy

A year-long training programme for public engagement professionals.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)'s Engage Academy provides a space for professional development for those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution. Aimed at those working to enhance the quality, visibility and impact of public engagement with research, the Engage Academy supports participants to develop a strategic approach to engagement with research for their department, research organisation or university.

“It was the most useful, informative and interesting training I have ever been on.” - 2016/17 participant

Course structure

The Engage Academy cohort meets in Bristol for three two-day sessions over one year, exploring the role of purpose, process and people in underpinning engagement excellence. Each meeting combines presentations led by individuals prominent within the engagement, funding and policy communities; practical workshops; and opportunities for peer-supported learning. Mentors with expertise in public engagement strategy, culture change, evaluation, and community engagement are available to provide one-to-one support.


15-16 May 2019;

18-19 September 2019;

22-23 January 2020 


M-Shed, Bristol 


The Academy is aimed primarily at those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution. It is suitable for individuals based within a higher education institution in the UK, whose role focuses on public engagement with research/involves responsibility for supporting public engagement with research within a department and/or institution. In order to attend, you must have the support of your departmental/institutional lead. 



(A limited number of earlybird places are available at £800) 

NB participants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation


  • Enriched understanding of the wider engagement landscape - including the history; national context; and current and future drivers for engagement, such as the impact agenda
  • Enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence
  • Opportunity to develop a working plan to overcome key challenges
  • Access to a mentors, a peer support group, and alumni network


Bookings are now closed for the 2019-20 cohort. For more information contact Sophie.Duncan@uwe.ac.uk