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Engage Academy 2017-18

We are now fully booked for the 2017/2018 Academy

Professional development for engagement staff, realising their potential as change agents

The Engage Academy cohort meets in Bristol for three two-day sessions that explore the role of PURPOSE, PROCESS and PEOPLE in underpinning engagement excellence. Each meeting combines presentations led by individuals prominent within the engagement, funding and policy communities; practical workshops; and opportunities for peer-supported learning. Mentors with expertise in public engagement strategy, culture change, evaluation, and community engagement are available to provide one-to-one support.

  • When?
    • 17-18 May 2017; 20-21 September 2017; 17-18 January 2018
  • Where?
    • M-Shed, Bristol
  • Who?
    • The Academy is aimed primarily at those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution. It is suitable for individuals based within a higher education institution in the UK, whose role focuses on public engagement with research/involves responsibility for supporting public engagement with research within a department and/or institution.

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

  • Fees
    • £950 NB. participants need to cover their own travel and accommodation
  • Booking process
    • To confirm your place among the Engage Academy 2017-18 cohort you will need to book and pay for the course via our online shop. Places are available on a first-come-first-served basis and there are a limited number of early bird places.
    • When booking you will be asked four additional questions to allow us to assess your suitability for the programme; if we think that the Engage Academy may not be the best fit for you, we will get in touch to discuss this further, and if appropriate issue a full refund.

    • Please contact Claire ( if you would like to discuss your eligibility before booking.
  • Wellcome Trust bursaries
    • The Wellcome Trust are offering a limited number of bursaries to support attendance at the NCCPE Engage Academy 2017/18. To be eligible, your role must be funded by the Wellcome Trust. Each bursary covers £750 of the £950 course fee. For further details and to apply, please click here


- Enriched understanding of the wider engagement landscape - including the history; national context; and current and future drivers for engagement, such as the impact agenda

- Enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence

- Opportunity to develop a working plan to overcome key challenges

- Access to a mentor and peer support network

 A detailed overview of course aims and objectives is available below.