how should universities engage with the public?

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement [NCCPE] are hosting their first national conference on December 7th and 8th 2010 in London, UK. The conference will focus on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage with the public.

The aim of the conference is provide an opportunity for people passionate about university public engagement to come together to share effective practice and to explore how to embed public engagement within HEIs. The conference is for university staff (including senior managers, academics, researchers, volunteering staff, teaching staff, support staff), community partners, and students.

Plenary speakers include Alan Thorpe and Nancy Rothwell. Day two speakers include David Sweeney and Ger Graus.

The two day event will include such events as:
* the Launch of their our Public Engagement Manifesto and associated resources – to help inspire universities to embrace engagement as part of their mission, and equip them to do so
* Case studies from the Beacons – focussing on embedding public engagement
* Workshops exploring relevant themes including: culture change, effective engagement practice, funding, student engagement/volunteering etc
* and more….


Read more about the conference here.

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