The 12 Days of Public Engagement...

In the run up to Christmas and the New Year, we thought we'd give you the NCCPE take on the year in Public Engagement. And what better way to do it than through the medium of song. All together now...

  • On the first day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • A website with interactivity
    • It is hard to imagine that our new website only launched in June, but we have had lots of feedback that it has made our content easier to navigate and has also offered more potential for integrating new content. We are delighted that our polls have been popular, and we will be launching a new series in the New Year, complete with reflective blogs to help animate our work. Thanks for all our contributors and bloggers, and if you want to contribute content do get in touch!

    • Website image
  • On the second day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Two international conferences
    • A highlight from the last year has been the opportunity to work with colleagues from other countries, working to develop effective engaged practice. The CUVIC conference was an opportunity to explore community university partnership working in Canada, from Uni 101, a project to support homeless people accessing learning, to meeting Barbara an activist academic working with policy makers, parents and researchers to improve outcomes for children. This conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn from others. The Living Knowledge Conference in Copenhagen was a great opportunity to share the Research for Community Heritage project with engagement enthusiasts from across Europe.
  • On the third day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Three community partner associates
    • UKCPNAnother highlight this year has been the development of the UK Community Partner Network. Three community partner associates have been helping develop the website, regional events and training. Those interested in getting involved should join our jiscmail list, or participate in the next regional event in Newcastle on the 22nd January.
  • On the fourth day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Four categories of the EDGE
    • The EDGE tool continues to be a useful tool for talking and action for universities and departments seeking to develop a culture to support engagement. Drawing on the lessons learned from the Beacons for Public Engagement, it identifies the key factors in an effective engagement culture and allows you to assess your university or department against these. Are you ‘Embryonic’, ‘Developing’, ‘Gripping’ or ‘Embedding’?  Our new interactive EDGE tool is well worth a look, and look out for the new Engagement Watermark which we seek to pilot next year...
  • On the fifth day of Christmas HEFCE gave to me...
    • Results of the REF
    • We hope that the results of the REF will evidence that engagement can create a fertile ground for impact. We have worked hard over the last two years to inform the assessment process for the REF and to share effective ways of capturing the contribution of public engagement in case studies and templates. Our review event in May of this year provided really useful insight into how the REF was affecting public engagement activity, and in the year ahead we’ll be analysing the case studies and results to ensure we can contribute proactively to what happens next.
  • On the sixth day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Six training courses
    • We’ve been out and about offering public engagement training across the UK, meeting lots of people who are looking to engage people with their work, or who are developing strategic support for engagement. We have loved meeting so many people who make engagement come alive, from the researcher looking to develop a community mapping project for safe accessible toilets (check out our toilet paper….) to the phD student wanting to develop a consultation around the implications of his research – we have enjoyed learning with you.

    • If that’s not enough, we are about to launch two new courses. The first is the Public Engagement Academy which is aimed at Engagement Brokers working to support universities to engage with others. The second is in partnership with the UK Community Partner Network, Community Engagement for beginners (which will be followed by a Community Engagement masterclass). These will be offered alongside our other training courses and our new dates will be launched in the new year.
  • On the seventh day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Seven engaging encounters
    • At Engage 2014 we didn’t just wanted to talk about engagement – we also wanted to live it! Our theme was imagination and curiosity, and we invited seven projects to come and create real engagement encounters for our delegates.

    • The result was an exciting evening, where delegates were able to write postcards to the future and to the past; dance out the functioning of the brain with a ceilidh band; imagine a low carbon future in cartoons; crawl into a darkened ‘making space’ to sit by a camp fire and explore their imagination; create brain art; and decide what to do when a deadly virus turns infected people into zombies – all linked to current research in universities across the UK.

    • Engagement encounters
  • On the eighth day of Christmas RCUK gave to me...
    • Eight catalyst projects
    • The Catalyst project has seen eight universities supported by RCUK funding to build on the lessons from the Beacons projects, and to create an engaged culture in their institution. A project highlight has been seeing the catalyst teams developing really effective approaches to culture change, and many have secured long term investment from their institutions. Take just one – the Open University – which has used the funding to set the university on a long term trajectory to become an ‘open research university’, and read their Champion Rick Holliman’s blog imagining what studying a PHD might be like in 20 years’ time…
  • On the ninth day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me...
    • Nine competition winners
    • The Engage 2014 competition received an overwhelming 230 entries, covering a whole host of activities across the UK. The quality of applications was overwhelming, and evidenced that engagement is alive and kicking in lots of institutions, where researchers and their partners find really effective ways to work together for mutual benefit. If you missed it then check out the films and case studies. And if you entered we will be looking to share more of your projects online in the coming year.

    • Engage competition awards
  • On the tenth day of Christmas colleagues gave to me...
    • Ten top tips
    • One of the great pleasures of doing the work we do is the chance to meet so many people who are doing exceptional work to embed support for public engagement and who are pushing the frontiers of what is possible, from inside and outside universities. We’re lucky enough to be able to work with you, and to then share what you’re learning with others. Whether this is through our website, with a host of new case studies and resources every year, being involved with advisory groups and fora like the new National Forum for informal science learning, or hosting the public engagement ambassadors; we are delighted to be involved in so many projects that are pushing forward the engagement agenda in a critical and informed way.
  • On the eleventh day of Christmas the sector gave to me...
    • Eleven new manifesto signatories
    • Over 60 universities have pledged their strategic support for public engagement by signing up to our Engaged University Manifesto. We are delighted to welcome our new manifesto signatories, and to offer tailored support to all of them to develop their engagement work. One of the many benefits of signing up is the chance to profit from each other's expertise so if your university hasn’t signed up, it is not too late, and the NCCPE is here to support you. Check out the details, and do get in touch to explore how we might help you.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas RCUK gave to me...
    • 12 SUPI projects
    • RCUK have funded the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) to support 12 universities to develop strategic partnerships with schools. In November, the NCCPE hosted the SUPI gathering, involving teachers, researchers, funders, stakeholders, evaluators and project co-ordinators to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by SUPI teams. Whilst there are a lot of challenges, what was heartening was the will to develop effective ways to address them.

    • We have recently completed a year long study looking at what we know about school university partnerships, which was a brilliant opportunity to reflect on where the field is currently and how it could develop in the future. The report captures perfectly the challenge that animates everything we do – a sense of huge potential, examples of fabulous, creative practice – but also a clear gap between what is possible and what is currently being realised. Here’s to another amazing year working together to close that gap.

On the last day of Christmas the NCCPE gave to me....

A heart thanks for all your support, inspiration, generosity, and critical insights. We hope you have a happy Christmas and look forward to another inspiring year of ensuring engagement continues to animate the work of higher education institutes across the UK.

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