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Public Engagement Academy 2016-2017

Are you working to enhance the quality, visibility and impact of public engagement with research? Are you responsible for developing a strategic approach to engagement with research for your department, research organisation or university? Would you like to work with others to develop your skills in this role?

If so the NCCPE’s Public Engagement Academy could be for you. The Academy provides a space for professional development for those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution, to encourage them to develop their practice, confidence and skills.

Feedback on the 2015-16 Academy:

"how wonderful it was to meet people in similar situations to share how we are all making sense of public engagement"

"I would recommend the Academy as an opportunity to take time out and a step back from the daily pressure of work, to reflect on your direction of travel, what you want to achieve, what will and won't work for your institution, and to benefit from all the experience and different approaches that others from elsewhere have... I think the Academy is good for anyone who wants to develop and make a difference in a PER setting within their institution, whether at a local/dept level, or at a central/institutional level."


  • Participants
    • The Academy is aimed primarily at those:

      ~ Working within a higher education institution in the UK

    • ~ Whose role focuses on public engagement with research

    • ~ Who have responsibility for public engagement with research within a department and/ or institution

      In order to attend, you must have the support of your departmental or institutional lead.

  • Dates
    • The Academy will run from May 2016 until January 2017, and will be made up of three core two-day training sessions held in Bristol, interspersed with some reflective work and Action Learning Set meetings. The dates of the two-day training sessions are as follows, and participants are expected to attend all three of the core training sessions:

      17 and 18 May 2016

      21 and 22 September 2016

      18 and 19 January 2017

  • Objectives
    • The Academy will provide delegates with the opportunity to:
      ~ Gain insights into how public engagement is being supported and led in other HEIs

    • ~ Explore the current and future policy and funding drivers for engagement, including the relationship between public engagement with research and the impact agenda

    • ~ Develop contacts with key policy makers / funders

    • ~ Develop a network of peer support for individuals working to embed engagement into their organisation

      The main objectives of the Academy will be:
      ~ To develop a strategy / working plan relevant to your department or institution

    • ~ To understand how change happens and the relevance of this in your own context

    • ~ To reflect and take action to improve engaged practice in your institution

  • Price
    • The cost of the 2016-17 Academy is £950 for the full course (participants must cover own travel and accommodation costs).
      An early bird rate of £795 is available to those who complete the application before 5pm, 29 January 2016.

      Final deadline for applications: 3 March 2016

Applications for Academy 2016-17 are now closed. The next application cycle will open in January 2017. Contact Claire ( with any questions.