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Hello! Have you missed us? We’ve been a bit quiet around here whilst Helen left us for the University of Bath (boooo!) and Grace took over the reigns (yay!) We’ve got lots to share with you, starting with some exciting news…


1. We’re delighted to announce that the third and final round of the Public Engagement Champions is now open! *fanfare*

Are you passionate about Public Engagement? Do you want to further develop your own PE skills or share your experiences with others? We’re looking for the next round of Champions. Starting in October, you have the opportunity to buy out some of your time to focus on taking forward existing public engagement activities. Visit the Champions for Public Engagement page for more information and to download the call document and application form. Deadline is the 5th September.

2. BBC Radio 3 and AHRC New Generation Thinkers

Congratulations to Daisy Hay and Alun Withey on being selected as BBC Radio 3 and AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers for 2014.

3. ESRC Celebrating Impact 

Professor Debra Myhill recently won the ‘Outstanding Impact in Society’ award for her work on improving literacy with grammar methods as part of the ESRC’s Celebrating Impact Awards.


Funding opportunities

4. Ingenious Grant Scheme Open

Ingenious is a grant scheme for creative public engagement with engineering projects.

Funding is available from £3,000-£30,000. (Grace: If you’re interested in applying, I’d be very interested in hearing from you!) Deadline 22nd September.

5. Public Understanding of Science Competition

The Journal, Public Understanding of Science is running an essay competition. The essay questions posed is “In Science Communication, why does the idea of a public deficit always return?”

They encourage submissions from both younger and older scholars (authors will have to disclose their date of birth).

The winning essay will be fast tracked to print publication in 2015 and made freely available online.

The rules:

  1. Deadline for submission 15th January 2015
  2. Two essays will be selected: One from authors under 36 on 15th January 2015; One from authors 36 and more on that date
  3. 8000 words or less
  4. The editorial team and the editorial board of PUS will select the two winners
  5. Winners will be supported by peer review and published with fanfare
  6. Please send submissions to Sue Howard at



6. Engaged Learning Practice Exchange (EPLE)

2nd December 2014, Bristol 

Over the last year the NCCPE have been experimenting with the EPLE – an opportunity for those engaged in practices and programming around public engagement (PE) and other forms of community-university activity to have some time and space to stimulate innovation in what they do. They will be hosting an EPLE on the 2nd December in Bristol, as a wrap around for the Engage conference.

7. The Art of Invitation: Creative Engagement for Ourselves and Our Communities

Learn about creative public engagement strategies at this week long course run by Schumacher College.


Library Corner

Experiments in Engagement: Research into engagement activities with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (Wellcome Trust)




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