So this week we held our first informal, drop-in discussion forum around public and community engagement, which was so well attended we ran out of seats- fantastic. Great to see that UCLan is engaged with the idea of engagement 🙂
Fuelled by coffee, rocky road cake and mini gingerbread men, the forum generated some super new ideas and interesting and provocative feedback on EngageUCLan’s plans for implementing the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research. We even managed to match make some ideas with skills on the ‘lonely hearts board’. Move over Cilla (now I’m showing my age).
Watch this space for more on plans for a STEM Women Photoshoot and the next Lancashire Science Festival, which is going EXTREME for 2013
I’ve been the ‘public engagement person’ for a little while now, and things are going well. Our researchers are really getting into the spirit of public engagement, in all its many shapes and sizes. Some highlights:
- The Lancashire Science Festival- 5000 visitors, great feedback, a perception-changing milestone of an event for UCLan
- The Science of Superheroes lecture, where engineering meets comic book enthusiasm, taken out onto the road to a comic book convention
- The more joined-up nature of things. Cross-institutional, cross-community working. Shared ideas, challenges, projects, cake.
- Institutional buy-in. Senior management commitment.
It would be fair to say that there is some real momentum now. So I’m pleased to open up the Engage UCLan forum. An informal drop-in session, on a Wednesday afternoon, for conversation over coffee and cake. All welcome to discuss anything at all around public and community engagement. Yes, I did say there would be cake.
Tweet me if you want to come along @microjology
I’ll post a synopsis of the discussion here.