Public Engagement Professionals Network

The NCCPE's public engagement professionals network (or PEP Network) aims to support public engagement professionals across the UK working in higher education and research to access CPD, peer support and the latest thinking on engagement.

Update, April 2020: As we adjust to working in this different climate, we are making a change to the way the PEP network will work for the remainder of the membership year. In the spirit of keeping the sector communicating, sharing knowledge and addressing current challenges together, we are going to waive the PEP Network membership fee until March 2021. Current PEP Network members will have their membership extended at no cost for the next membership year.

Join us at an online PEP Network event!

Our training and continuing professional development (CPD) consultation showed a clear demand from those in public engagement related roles in higher education and research for more external provision of CPD, and support for a national membership network run by the NCCPE. On the basis of this we have prioritised the development of our public engagement professionals network (PEP Network).


  • Create a sustainable network for public engagement professionals (or PEPs)
  • Foster new connections and collaborations
  • Facilitate peer support and sharing of learning and good practice
  • Advocate for the value of public engagement professionals across the sector
  • Share intelligence about the latest thinking and policy development related to public engagement
  • Provide continuing professional development for PEPs at various stages of their careers
  • Provide access to relevant low-cost training

Applications are now open for 2019/20 membership!  

Who's it for?

This network is primarily aimed at public engagement professionals (or PEPs) working in professional services roles in higher education institutions (HEIs) or research institutes across the UK. Whether public engagement is formally part of their job description or not, this group face a series of common and often unique challenges in working to support or coordinate high quality public engagement within UK higher education institutions or research institutes.

We also welcome those working in similar roles in the sector, or those working with HEIs, research institutes or funders to coordinate and support public engagement.

What's the purpose?

PEPs often work in quite isolated roles in the sector, and this national network aims to counteract that by mobilising the collective experience and skills of this group and supporting their career development. It will provide access to the latest thinking and expertise about engagement policy and practice, offer opportunities for CPD and training, support members to share solutions and problems, and establish peer support mechanisms. During the first year of the network we will also work with members and other to explore options related to accrediation. We believe that membership of this network will benefit PEPs personally and professionally.

What does membership involve?

The 2019/20 membership year runs from 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020.

The PEP Network will be focused around an annual calendar of four face-to-face events held across the UK regions. Each event will provide a mixture of formal CPD - tailored for members at a variety of career stages and with a variety of roles; structured networking and skills sharing; and a chance to hear from the NCCPE and other invited experts about the latest developments in the sector. There is no additional cost for members to attend these events, although spaces may be limited.

In between these face-to-face events we will provide an online space where you can connect with peers and catch up on the learning from any events you've missed. We will also encourage and facilitate additional local and regional meetings.

How much does it cost?

Please note: The PEP Network membership fee has been waived until March 2021. 

We recognise that many PEPs have limited budgets for their CPD and so we have subsidised membership fees to ensure the network is inclusive, and are offering bursaries for those to whom cost is a barrier.

Membership costs £60 per person per year. The membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September. You can join at any time, although your membership will only last until the end of the membership year.

Joining the PEP Network is an investment in your ongoing development as a public engagement professional. For this reason, if you move on to a new role or organisation during the membership year, we will be happy to transfer your membership over. If you would like to do this, please contact us.

How do I get involved?

Applications for membership are open all year round. 

Apply now!

PEP Network events

Our first PEP Network meeting for the 2019/20 membership year was held in Cardiff on Wednesday 30th of October 2019. We then held online events on Wednesday 27th of May 2020 and Friday 3rd of July 2020.

Upcoming events:

Further information

You can find out more about the results of our consultation in our summary brief. For any enquiries, please contact