At the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, the NCCPE will be launching a new network for public engagement professionals (PEPs) across the UK. This national network aims to mobilise the collective experience and skills of PEPS and support 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. Between June and September, we're hosting a number of free 'taster' events for prospective members.
Who's it for?
This network is 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 tend to work in quite isolated contexts and face a series of common challenges in working to support the embedding of high quality public engagement within higher education institutions or research institutes.
We also welcome those working in similar roles in the sector, working with HEIs, research institutes or funders to coordinate, support and facilitate public engagement.
How will it work?
The PEP network will be focused around an annual calendar of 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 fo 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.
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 do I get involved?
Before we formally launch the network at the start of the 2018-19 academic year, we plan to hold a number of free PEP Network taster events across the UK between June and September for those interested in being a part of this network. There are three ways to get involved, register for one of our planned events, offer to host another taster event, or register your interest in the network.
We have planned the following taster events:
- Belfast - 11th June
- Cardiff - 19th June
- Glasgow - 19th June (as part of the ScotPEN Annual Meeting for Public Engagement Professionals in Higher Education and Research)
- Manchester - 10th July
If you'd like us to hold a taster event in your area:
If you can't come to any of these events but would like to express your interest in becoming a member and want to keep up to date with the latest plans: