#PEPTogether online get-togethers

An informal online space for engagement professionals during these uncertain times

#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.

Coming up

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 maddy.foard@uwe.ac.uk.

Previous #PEPTogethers

Thanks to those of you who have been joining us for our #PEPTogethers. You can find notes from previous sessions below:

2020 events

2021 events

  • 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