Past Engage Conferences
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)'s Engage Conference has been running annually since 2010, providing an opportunity for all those interested in public and community engagement in higher education to come together, and be inspired, challenged and refreshed.
We are keen to see conversations and ideas build year on year, and ensure that Engage provides a thoughtful and interesting space to take our collective thinking forward.
Engage Conference 2022: Changing Universities
Realising the value of meeting face to face, and the flexibility and accessibility provided by engaging online, Engage 2022 made the most of both worlds and consisted of two day-long events: Engage Live on 7th December and Engage Online on 15th December.
Delegates from across the sector joined us to share their experiences and learn alongside colleagues on an inspiring and people-centred exploration of how universities can fulfil their social purpose. The events included inspiring plenary talks, interactive sessions, informal networking, and the space for smaller, focused discussion.
Engage Conference 2021: Shaping ideas for change
As well as a mix of inspirational plenaries, interactive workshops and networking opportunities, we also ran the Engage ‘Unconference’ for the first time – a plethora of activities and exhibits, bringing our community together in the weeks leading up to Engage to workshop ideas for change and share practice. The ideas and outcomes developed during the Unconference were shared and taken forward as part of the Engage Conference.
Engage 2020: Engagement, innovation and change
The Engage Festival was a week-long extravaganza of over 60 live events inviting delegates to explore and reimagine the role and future of public engagement, as COVID-19 redefined our world. Running from Monday 30th November – Friday 4th December, the festival had a rich programme of thought-provoking talks, interactive workshops, immersive experiences, and lots of creative ways for people to connect and network.
Engage 2019: Disruption
We were delighted to welcome Julia Unwin as a guest speaker to Engage 2019.
Drawing on her experience as Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with its strong social justice agenda, and her role as chair of the recent Civil Society Futures inquiry, Julia offered a challenging external perspective on higher education’s place in the world; and how we can contribute positively to society at a time of profound change and disruption.
Engage 2018: Facing the Future
Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration
Engage 2016: Inspiring Innovation
Engage 2015: Engaging with Impact
Engage 2013: Partnerships that count
Every time I attend Engage I go back to work with lots of ideas to implement and reflect upon after being inspired and challenged through the sessions.
The Engage Conference is an opportunity for those with a stake in public and community engagement in higher education to come together, explore new ideas, share new practice, and co-create new ways to approach ongoing challenges. Whether we come together online or in person, Engage is always lively, informative and provocative – and never the same conference twice.