#PEPTogether monthly online get-togethers
As we try to make sense of what is happening in the world, in the UK, in our universities, in our neighbourhoods, in our lives, we think it is important to create space to think together. Since March 2020, the PEPtogethers have provided such a rich place to engage together, to share some of the highs and lows of life during a pandemic; and to support one another as we adapt to new ways of working, thinking and doing. The NCCPE have been delighted to work with the sector to create spaces for really useful conversation, which you can see summarised in the reports below.
We are now running monthly online PEPtogether for members of the PEP Network – so do join us if you haven’t already (it’s free!). If you would like to participate in the monthly events, but aren’t able to join the network, we will be delighted to welcome you as a guest. You’ll just need to let us know you are coming.
Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement
Thursday 17th June, 11:00 - 12:30
In our June PEPTogether, we'll be exploring the KEF, the KE Concordat, and the role of community and public engagement. We will be joined by Sacha Ayres - Senior Policy Adviser in Knowledge Exchange at Research England, and Allice Hocking - Head of Research Impact and Partnerships at the University of Plymouth. Together we will reflect on the practical processes involved in the KEF, future plans for the process, and the KE Concordat Action planning process that many institutions are currently engaged in. It will also be a chance for the NCCPE to share headlines from a review of the KEF Public Engagement narratives, and some further research we are about to kick-off, which we’d love your help with.
Throughout the session we will be taking comments, questions, and reflections on our Padlet board – do feel free to add your thoughts in advance of the session if you’d like! We will then continue the conversation on the PEP Network online Slack channel, where you can post any further questions for our speakers and the membership, culminating in a live Slack discussion next week.
If you’d like to find out a bit more about the KEF process in advance of the event, Allice Hocking reflected on the experience of preparing a KEF PCE narrative for the NCCPE blog, which you can find here: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/whats-new/blog/public-and-community-engagement-and-kef-university-plymouth-story
The link to join will be available on the PEP Network slack channel. If you aren't a member but would like to join us, please email Maddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to those of you who have been joining us for our #PEPTogethers. You can find notes from previous sessions below:
- Thursday 26th of March: A short summary of our collective ideas and discussions
- Thursday 2nd of April: An overview of news from NCCPE and smaller discussion groups
- Thursday 9th of April: An overview of news, and a summary of our discussions about online training
- Thursday 23rd April: Notes from this session, exploring community engagement and what communities are looking for in our current context
- Thursday 30 April: Notes from this session exploring the Civic Agenda and how it links to public engagement
- Thursday 7th May: Notes from our session exploring Ethics in Engagement
- Thursday 21st May: Celebrating PEP stories - read the blog post and hear the stories
- Thursday 4th June: Notes from the presentations and discussions about Hyperlocal Engagement
- Thursday 18th June: Scenario planning for an uncertain future
- Thursday 2nd July: The role of Public Engagement in universities’ responses to COVID19
Thursday 16th July: Addressing Inequality and Inclusion – Black Lives Matter. We have pulled together some useful resources to help PE Professionals address the issues and opportunities arising from the Black Lives Matters movement - view the Padlet board here, and add your own resource and ideas for action.
- Thursday 30th July: Sharing lockdown stories, planning the NCCPE research project, and looking to the future
- Thursday 15th October: Spooky PE Tales - we shared our 'scary' stories of engagement, read our short summary.
- Tuesday 17th November: Supporting successful participatory research with the UKRI
- Tuesday 19th January: Themes arising from Engage 2020: Funding Engagement and People-centred research
- February (half-term break)
Tuesday 16th March: Lazing on a sunny crafternoon
- Thursday 15th April: PEP Insights Research Study - initial findings and reflections
Tuesday 18th May: Spring networking