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Becoming a STEM Enthusiast

A range of free videos about STEM subjects for outreach activities and staff development have been produced by the Becoming a STEM Enthusiast project:

Outreach - Making Choices: Why Choose STEM Subjects? (1 short clip, 1 long clip)

Outreach - Stepping Up:...

Action on Access

The Action on Access mission is to promote inclusivity and diversity, and the broadest possible access to higher education. They shape and influence both policy and practice and broker dialogue between policy-makers and practitioners. They also challenge...

Cogent Sector Skills Council

Cogent is the UK's industry skills body for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymer businesses, and we also have a key role in meeting the skills needs of emerging technologies.

As an employer-led Sector Skills Council...

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement [NCCPE] was established in 2008 as part of the £9.2m Beacons for Public Engagement initiative.

The Beacons for Public Engagement initiative is a four-year project designed to create a culture change...

National STEM Organisations

Below you'll find a list of national STEM providers whose work should be of use and / or interest to STEM practitioners:

BrightsideUNIAID

Our vision is of a society where all individuals are inspired and empowered to achieve their potential through...

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National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement [NCCPE] was established in 2008 as part of the £9.2m Beacons for Public Engagement initiative.

The Beacons for Public Engagement initiative is a four-year project designed to create a culture change across the higher education sector. It consists of a network of:

  • Six beacons which are university-based collaborative centres that help support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement work. The six Beacons are based in Newcastle and Durham, Manchester, Norwich (UEA), UCL, Cardiff and Edinburgh
  • The NCCPE - we co-ordinate, capture and share learning between the Beacons and across UK higher education institutions [HEIs] and research institutes

NCCPE's Role

The NCCPE supports universities to engage with the public, working with all the beacons to promote best practice in public engagement and to provide a single point of contact for the whole higher education sector. The NCCPE also works strategically with key national partners to help develop work across the sector.

The SW Spoke has ensured that the NCCPE's approach to public engagement informs and supports its own approach to widening participation.

Beacons for Public Engagement

The six beacons are university-based collaborative centres that are working to support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement. The beacons are at the forefront of efforts to change the culture in universities, assisting staff and students to engage with the public. Their partners include further education colleges, museums, galleries, businesses, charities, TV and press, and public bodies.

You can find out more about each beacon's work via the below:

  1. Beacon North-East
  2. CUE East
  3. Edinburgh Beltane
  4. Manchester
  5. UCL
  6. Wales Beacon

NCCPE Resources

A whole range of public engagement resources from the NCCPE can be accessed through our website and through the NCCPE website where you can find information on:

  • Defining public engagement
  • The importance of public engagement
  • Advice on undertaking public engagement
  • Supporting public engagement