Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research
The UKRI Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) call sought to help enrich and embed cultures within HEIs where excellent public engagement with research (PER) is supported, valued, rewarded and integrated within institutional policies and practices.
The first year of this programme ran from October 2017 to October 2018. In May 2018, the SEE-PER projects were given the opportunity to apply for a second year of funding to embed and expand upon work done in the first phase.
Ten of the twelve projects received funding to extend for a further 12 months, and the programme concluded in early 2020.
SEE-PER reportUKRI appointed the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to co- ordinate this work, ensuring learning was shared across the projects, and that evaluation was used strategically to inform and assess the value of the SEE-PER initiative.
Two types of approach were funded. ‘Embedding change’ proposals sought to enhance and embed an institution’s approach to supporting PER, building on the learning from the Beacons for Public Engagement, RCUK PER Catalyst and Catalyst Seed Fund programmes. Their final project reports contain a wealth of insight and advice about how to develop effective support for public engagement.
‘Challenge’ projects addressed a specific challenge in supporting PER effectively, and expanded the existing knowledge base about ‘what works’ in effectively supporting PER. They explored how to encourage take up of training and development; how to foster quality partnerships, and how to embed PE-R in global grand challenges.
The University of Brighton’s Ignite programme developed a fast track incubator model for initiating a set of community-research partnerships. They seed-funded seven partnerships, and their website features films and information on the programme.
Access SEE-PER tools and resources
The ‘Support it’ area of our website will soon contain a host of the practical tools and resources that were developed by the SEE-PER teams. Here are just some of the resources on offer: