The NCCPE is recruiting for several new roles to help us to develop and support more inclusive public engagement. We are looking for people to join an Advisory Group and to facilitate an Action Learning Group, which focus on addressing race equity and equality issues.
Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is Monday 17th April at 10am.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all aspects of our work, and to creating respectful and inclusive engagement environments for all. Developed with our Inclusion Working Group*, the NCCPE published a Statement of Inclusion, detailing what we plan to do as an organisation.
We know that we need to think about how our organisation works, and we want to help universities to engage, and involve, communities in their research in ways that are inclusive and relevant. For these reasons, we are looking for several people to join the NCCPE Inclusion Advisory Group – Race Equality and for two NCCPE Associates to coordinate and facilitate the NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity.
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NCCPE Inclusion Advisory Group – Race Equality
Joining the NCCPE Inclusion Advisory Group – Race Equality is an exciting opportunity to help the NCCPE think through how our organisation approaches inclusion and issues around race equity and equality in public engagement. This is a short introduction to this group.
Read the terms of reference and apply for the Advisory Group
What is the NCCPE Inclusion Advisory Group – Race Equality?
The NCCPE Inclusion Advisory Group – Race Equality (IAG-RE) is a new group that will help the NCCPE to improve inclusion and race equality in engagement with research in the UK. The group will:
- Challenge, support and problem solve with the NCCPE as it works with others in the university and higher education sector to improve inclusion and participation in public engagement and research.
- Support the NCCPE to carry out the Race Equality Framework (REF) self-assessment tool.
Is advisory group membership for me?
We are looking for people who have knowledge and experience that relates to equality within public engagement, public participation and/or public involvement. The group will be made up of members of the public, researchers, public engagement professionals and NCCPE staff, and members will be paid for their time where this works sits outside normal work responsibilities. We are currently looking for:
- Community members and academic researchers with experience of public engagement with research
- People with lived experience that relates to race inequality in research or public engagement
- Public engagement professionals
- Other people with experience or knowledge of public engagement with research or race equity issues
Meetings will be held online, and we encourage people from across the UK to apply.
What will be expected of group members?
Membership is expected to last two years. We ask that all group members:
- Attend all meetings and core training, which will be held online using Zoom. In the first year, this will include:
- A one-hour launch meeting
- Four two-hour advisory group meetings
- A three-hour training session after the first advisory group meeting
- A one-hour review meeting where we will assess the group and if and how it should continue
- Work between meetings, which we estimate will take one hour per group meeting.
- Communicate any accommodations needed to enable attendance and participation, for example digital tools, equipment or adjustments for accessibility needs.
- Provide input and advice, drawing on lived experience, professional experience, knowledge and skills.
- Consider equality and equity and aim to actively address equity throughout the work of the advisory group.
- Identify creative solutions to address racial inequalities and share examples of good practice from across sectors.
- Draw in existing research, practice and story-based evidence to share with the group.
- Follow ground rules (meeting etiquette). A draft of these rules can be found in the Terms of Reference.
The group will be supported by a Coordinator and two Co-Chairs. One Co-Chair will be selected as part of the group recruitment, and the other Co-Chair and Coordinator will come from NCCPE staff. These roles are described in the Terms of Reference. If you are interested in being a Co-Chair there is an option to specify this on the application form.
Is this a paid role?
All members can receive payment for their participation where this work sits outside normal work responsibilities.
- Members will be paid £250 per advisory group meeting, which includes one hour of meeting preparation time.
- Members will be paid £125 per meeting to attend the group launch and review meeting, which includes a small amount of preparation time.
- Members will not be paid to attend training, but we can cover carer costs to attend training.
- We can cover carer costs to attend training, to attend meetings, and to cover one hour of meeting preparation per meeting.
Find out more and apply
Read more about what it means to get involved as a Advisory Group member or chair in the Terms of Reference and apply using our online application form. If you have any questions about the group, terms of reference, or application form, please email Alyssa Chafee at email@example.com or ask anonymously on our Advisory Group Padlet.
Alyssa is also holding an online drop-in session on Zoom on Thursday 30th March from 10 – 11 am. Please come along if you would like to talk about either or both of the Advisory Group and Associate roles. Join the meeting here.
NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity
We are looking for two Associates with lived experience or knowledge of race equity issues to coordinate and facilitate the NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity pilot.
Action learning is a form of peer problem solving where group members share challenges, reflect on them, and consider actions they can take. Action learning requires multiple meetings, allowing time for members to work on their actions and reflect back with the group. Read this example action learning brief to learn more about this approach.
In this short introduction, we outline what becoming an NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity Associate involves.
Read the terms of reference and apply for the Action Learning Group
What is the NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity?
The NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity will support public engagement professionals to challenge, address and problem solve issues of race equity, in order to develop more inclusive public engagement with research practices in universities.
- The pilot will use an action learning approach to problem solve the challenges faced by group members.
- We intend for the Action Learning Group members to include public engagement professionals (PEPs) who are developing their inclusion work. This will include professional PEPs but also researchers, outreach officers, impact officers, and others who help support engagement.
Is this role for me?
We are looking for people with lived experience and/or knowledge of race equity issues to coordinate and facilitate the Action Learning Group pilot.
- This role is open to anyone with an interest in issues of inclusion and experience or knowledge of race equity issues.
- You do not need to be a researcher, university staff member, or public engagement professional to apply.
- Experience of running action learning is not required, but we do ask that applicants share their experience of running small group discussions.
This role is home-based and meetings will be held online. The NCCPE offices are based in central Bristol. Associates are not expected to visit the office but may choose to do so for team meetings.
What will be expected of Associates?
This pilot will run from June 2023 – May 2024. We have budgeted £3,150-£7,200 for this work to allow for some flexibility in the days required. Associates in this role will be asked to:
- Finalise the design of the online Action Learning Group pilot with NCCPE staff.
- Work with the NCCPE to recruit and select group members.
- Coordinate meetings with group members.
- Facilitate and lead up to two action learning groups over six to nine months.
- Ensure reasonable adjustments are met to accommodate attendance and participation during meetings.
- Ensure all group members have the opportunity to contribute, and contributions from all members are valued
- Liaise with your fellow Associate.
- Report to the NCCPE on a regular basis.
We have set aside 9-12 days for this work as follows:
- 3 days for pilot development
- 0.5-1 days per month for action learning group meetings
- 3 days for reflection and future planning, including evaluation, project wind down and deciding next steps
Read more about the Associate responsibilities and relevant skills, knowledge and experience in the brief.
Is this a paid role?
Associates will be paid for their time.
- We pay Associates £350 to £600 per day (including VAT when charged), depending on experience. Please indicate your day rate when you apply.
- We can cover reasonable expenses for accommodation requirements, carer costs, or other expenses related to this role.
- Associates recruited into this role are responsible for paying their own national insurance and income tax.
Find out more and apply
Read more about what it means to get involved as an Action Learning Group Associate in this brief and apply using our online application form. If you have any questions about the role, the pilot, or application form, please email Alyssa Chafee at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask anonymously on the Action Learning Padlet board.
Alyssa is holding an online drop-in session on Zoom on Thursday 30th March from 10 – 11am. Please come along if you would like to talk about either or both of the Advisory Group and Associate roles. Join the meeting here.
Interested in joining the NCCPE Action Learning Group – Race Equity pilot as a group member? Please complete this expression of interest form and we will let you know when applications open.
*The NCCPE Inclusion Working Group members are Lewis Hou, Charlotte Thorley, Carinne Piekema, Jack Kerrigan, Cassie Hugill, Emma Griffin, Sophie Duncan.