The Vice Chancellor, Chris Brink, has previously set out his vision for the institution to be a ‘civic university’, which is firmly embedded in the life of the city and the region. To that end, the institution is keen to support staff and postgraduates as they aim to engage the public in their research. The university’s engagement manager has circulated some information about the engagement agenda and, importantly, a great new programme of training to support our staff and students in their engagement activities – see below!
In December 2011, the UK Beacons for Public Engagement initiative ended. The six UK Beacons will soon publish their final reports and a new generation of ‘Catalyst’ institutions, funded by RCUK will take up the challenge of embedding public engagement in their teaching and research. Newcastle University will continue to be recognised as a Beacon for Public Engagement, both by funders in HE and other universities, and under the direction of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ella Ritchie, we continue to invest in engagement at Newcastle.
Attached is our new Public Engagement Training and Development programme, which is open to all staff and postgraduate students.
We would also like to draw your attention to the University’s Engagement Website (www.engage-ne.org.uk) where you can find more resources and information.