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Launch event(s)

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We had a fabulous time we had at the launch event in Streatham last week. So much fun that we’re hosting another one. 20 November, 1-3pm on the Tremough Campus. We’ll provide lunch, you provide opinions, thoughts and discussions.

Discussion about participationDuring the event we discussed why we do public engagement at different stages of the research cycle (because it extends reach, improves the likelihood of securing a grant, challenges your perceptions of your work, allows you to see your work differently and generates case studies for evidence) as well as why some of us don’t currently do public engagement. The reasons for not doing public engagement covered a wide span from how it is recognised in work load models, to not knowing where to start.

We also started conversations about what quality engagement looks like. For example, how we avoid tokenism and work towards a meaningful dialogue. As this person says:

“The event was a good starting place in thinking about points in the research process where public engagement could take place, and forms it could take. [The most useful part of the event was] some peer to peer learning, useful ideas from colleagues – particularly those from other disciplines.”

We also opened the call for Champions for Public Engagement – deadline is 30 November and the application form is short.

To keep these conversations going we’ll be starting a series of activities to raise some of these issues and develop the skills necessary to feel comfortable when taking first steps in public engagement. Watch this space for details of seminars, workshops and other events – be prepared to come along, join in and most importantly share your experiences.

Launch event – 10 October, 4-6 Forum seminar rooms 2&3

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Join us for the Catalyst launch event where, over a glass of wine and nibbles, we’ll be discussing what Public Engagement looks like at Exeter, what support we can deliver and opportunities to further your PE practice.

During this interactive event you will have the chance to tell us the support you need to get your Public Engagement moving, developing and progressing. We’ll share our ideas for the project and let you know about upcoming opportunities including seed corn funding and Champions for Public Engagement.

The Catalyst project is for all academics doing or considering Public Engagement. From student to professor this project is for anyone with an interest in Public Engagement.

If you are based at the Tremough Campus – we’ll be coming your way shortly. Exact dates and time to be confirmed.

Book here.

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