The university was presented with the Gold Engage Watermark, the highest possible level an institution can achieve at this stage of the process, at the Engage Conference 2016.
The Engage Watermark is as a charter mark for universities and is granted to institutions to recognise their strategic support for public engagement and their commitment to develop this work in the future.
Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of QMUL, said: “We’re delighted and extremely proud to receive the Engage Watermark. At QMUL we acknowledge public engagement as an integral part of research and teaching, and believe in creating and sharing knowledge with a broad range of public and community partners. To have this view recognised by being the first institution to be awarded an NCCPE Watermark at gold level is a fantastic achievement.
“The Engage Watermark also demonstrates that we look forward to expanding our existing public engagement work to ensure QMUL is always building awareness, developing our reputation and engaging with communities.”
Paul Manners, Director of the NCCPE, said: “Since the early days of the NCCPE we have been championing a culture in higher education where public engagement can thrive. The Engage Watermark offers a benchmarking opportunity for institutions to evidence their commitment and achievements – combined with intelligence gathering to inform their future planning.
“We are delighted to be able to award Queen Mary University of London a Gold Engage Watermark. They have made exceptional progressin realising the potential of public engagement for their staff, students, and local, national and international communities – working over a number of years to consolidate their commitment. We hope they will inspire others to do the same."
The Engage Watermark was awarded following a rigorous assessment involving staff from across the institution and external partners. The gold level recognises that an institution is a beacon of excellence in the support it offers to public engagement. It has invested significant resources over a period of time to build substantial momentum, is ambitious to build on its success and address areas where development is necessary. It also has an action plan in place which sets ambitious targets with clear measures of success, and a strong commitment to sharing its expertise with other higher education institutions.
Applications for Engage Watermarks 2017 are now open. If you would be interested in getting involved please contact Lisa Adlington to arrange an appointment to discuss what is involved. You can find out more here.
In addition the NCCPE is piloting an award for Faculty/ School level support for engagement – so get in touch if you would like to be part of the pilot.