The six beacons were university-based collaborative centres that were set up in 2008 to support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement, with a lifespan of four years. The beacons were at the forefront of efforts to change the culture in universities, assisting staff and students to engage with the public. Their partners included further education colleges, museums, galleries, businesses, charities, TV and press, and public bodies.
The projects all completed final reports and evaluations to document the progress they made and lessons learned. All of these reports have now been published and can be accessed below.