I have been working both with and independantly of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement to undertake strategic reviews of public and community engagement activity. This work has involved interviews, focus groups, documentary reviews and in the case of the work with the NCCPE analysis of EDGE survey data.
During this process, I undertake reflective discussions with key staff and stakeholders, working hard to unpack the culture of the institution and help identify feasible opportunities and sensible next steps to embedding engagement in research and teaching; and to draw out recommendations that can then inform a more strategic approach.
The work I do in this area will offer insight on:
· How do people view the role and contribution to the University's mission and strategy?
· What do people think currently works well in the support offered to staff and students undertaking public engagement?
· Where are there gaps or opportunities that should be addressed?
· Which audiences, public groups, and partners do you most frequently work with and why? Which would you like to engage more with and why?
· What models and approaches to public engagement used elsewhere are relevant to your institution?
· What is your vision for public engagement, and how might you measure success?
Universities I have worked with include: University of the Arts London, University College London, University of Brighton, the University of Bristol, the University of Huddersfield, and the University of Westminster.
In 2017 I was commissioned by the University of Bath's Public Engagement Unit to help take stock of their work over the last four years and produce strategic guidance to inform future direction. The final report evaluated the support offered by the PEU and set out key recommendations for developing their internal seed fund, training and ongoing one-one support. The report also informed a successful bid to the UKRI SEE PER Grant.
As part of this work, I investigated the provision, uptake and impact of training and professional development opportunities for researchers in public engagement. Training and continuous professional development (CPD) in public engagement is one of nine core strands of work to embed a positive culture of public engagement with university research. However, there is a perceived lack of availability and capacity among researchers to engage in training opportunities.
Key points about training and professional development from this work informed the development and delivery of activities and resources at the University of Bath. Including:
To access the outputs from this work, visit the ChallgeCPD website.
I was commissioned by the Head of Community Engagement East to help set out how the UCL East Campus will achieve its vision of being open, accessible, and engaged. The support we offered included:
MYRIAD is a research project interested in how schools promote young people’s wellbeing and resilience (the ability to adapt in the face of difficulties) throughout adolescence. We worked with the team from 2018-2020, offering support throughout the different phases of the project from design, through to delivery and evaluation. In two years, the PE programme reached around 6,700 pupils through:
Bringing people together and getting the most from events online and in person. We bring a wealth of facilitation experience utilising participatory techniques.
Specialising in public engagement and systems thinking our offer includes scoping studies, strategic reviews, evaluation and funding proposals.
We conduct research on themes related to social and environmental justice. Drawing together complex information into a coherent, insightful and compelling narrative.
We offer equivalent ILLM Level 7 accredited coaching, helping you bring attention to the relational dynamics at play, whether at home or at work.