Nov 14 2018

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

NCCPE is an international authority in inspiring and supporting universities to engage with the public, and building partnerships outside academia, and we are delighted to have them run training at Royal Holloway. This day will comprise two half-day sessions, and you are welcome to attend either or both. It is suitable to all research staff. Lunch will be offered at 1pm. Excellence in Public engagement (9.30am-1pm): the key ingredients needed to develop a high quality public engagement activity Building Sustainable Partnerships (1.30pm – 5pm): how to develop strategic relationships, good practice principles and establishing mutually beneficial ways of working.NCCPE’s training is developed through extensive piloting and evaluation to meet the needs of university researchers, and draws on the breadth and depth of NCCPE’s expertise as a national centre. NCCPE team have extensive networks across the UK, and draw upon connections with funders and policy makers to ensure that their training speaks to current agenda

The first session (9.30am-1pm): High Quality Public Engagement

This course provides an opportunity for participants to consider why public engagement matters to them and their work, and how they might develop their engagement work.

Course participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the relevance of public engagement to their research
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to develop their own public engagement work
  • Begin to plan and develop high quality public engagement with research
  • Explore a variety of evaluation methods appropriate to different contexts

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain what public engagement is and explain why researchers engage with the public
  • Identify the most relevant ‘public’ for their research
  • Identify the types of public engagement activities that are most likely to be effective for their participants/ audience
  • Begin planning a public engagement process/ build on an existing engagement plan
  • Identify who they need to speak to (perhaps as potential partners) to progress the planning and delivery of the activity
  • Identify how evaluation can be used to capture the value of their engagement work, and to ensure an activity is fit for purpose, appropriate to the aims, and delivers against them.

The second session (1.30-5pm)Building sustainable partnerships

For those who are interested in further developing a strategic approach to their engagement, this workshop provides an opportunity to consider issues of sustainability, legacy and partnership, and to explore equitable approaches to collaboration.

Course participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the purpose of working in partnership, from the perspective of different partners
  • Explore the benefits of different forms of collaboration for your research and engagement
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to develop equitable and mutually beneficial partnerships

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the benefits that partnership working can bring to you and your partners
  • Identify the most relevant partners and collaborators for your research and engagement
  • Identify the types of collaboration that are appropriate in your context
  • Identify the different stages of partnerships and the key considerations for partners at each stage.
  • Understand the tensions that can arise when working in partnership, and the principles that can help to keep things on track. 

 

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