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Engage 2016 Programme Details

Engage 2016 took place on the 29th & 30th November in Bristol at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel.

How universities choose to engage with the public has changed profoundly in the 8 years since the NCCPE was established. Engage 2016 takes stock of the progress we’ve made, celebrates innovation, and examines the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

  • High profile speakers at the cutting edge of policy and practice, from inside and outside the sector, will share their analysis and perspectives – and help us navigate the ever shifting landscape and trends, from TEF to research funding and impact assessment;
  • An array of high quality workshops will provide a mix of hands on and reflective spaces to investigate ‘what works’ and why, and to showcase innovation in theory and practice;
  • The final of the Engage 2016 competition will celebrate some of the very best examples of engagement in practice from across the UK.

Read the Engage 2016 programme in full.

Come to Bristol to be inspired, challenged and refreshed!

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Silaporn Buasai - Deputy Director,  The Thailand Research Fund
  • Simon Gaskell – President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London
  • Steven Hill – Head of Research Policy, HEFCE
  • Chris Husbands – Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair of the TEF
  • Peter McOwan - Vice Principal for Public Engagement, Queen Mary University of London
  • Judith Petts – Vice Chancellor, University of Plymouth
  • David Sweeney – Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE
  • Steve West - Vice Chancellor, UWE Bristol and Chair of Universities Alliance

Highlights of day 1: Tuesday November 29th

Opening plenary: Making a difference – innovation and impact

What have we learned about how best to frame and focus our engagement so that it makes the greatest difference? Where next for the REF? What can we learn from beyond the UK? These and other challenges will get Engage off to a bracing start.

Workshops and tasters

Dip in to our ten minute tasters or dive deep into our workshops exploring a host of topics from driving culture change to engaging with underserved audiences; from experimenting with new techniques to connecting theory and practice.  A mini plenary puts school-university partnerships under the spotlight and challenges us to think differently about partnering for long term mutual benefit.

Celebrating excellence and innovation in engagement

Come and meet the 18 finalists from the 2016 Engage competition in our interactive poster party, and join us for the nail-biting final where we will reveal the 6 category winners which set the bar for excellence and innovation in public engagement.

Highlights of day 2: Wednesday November 30th

Opening plenary: raising the bar

How can we shift from ‘good’ to ‘great’ in our approach to public engagement? How can we begin to set genuinely challenging standards and raise our collective game? Hear from university leaders committed to transformation – and how the NCCPE’s new Watermark seeks to identify the hallmarks of genuine, quality engagement and leadership.

Workshops and tasters

More challenging content to refresh and inspire your practice – from working with museums to developing high quality ‘engaged learning’ for students; from evidencing impact to embedding lasting cultural change.

Closing plenary: where next for public engagement?

Engage closes with a challenging assessment of what the future holds. Will the TEF distract us – or does it provide another space in which engagement can thrive? How will the changing funding regimes inhibit or enable innovation? What do our partners expect of us – and where might we identify the most productive spaces for collective action?