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HE STEM Workforce Development & Employability in the South West Conference

On Monday 18th June over 100 delegates attended the SW Spoke's Workforce Development & Employability Conference at Sandypark, Exeter. The conference provided an opportunity for HE STEM project teams from universities and colleges in the region to share their findings from a wide range of work...

Training the Trainers: Beginners' Guide to Evaluation

The National HE STEM Programme has supported the NCCPE and the Beacons for Public Engagement to develop two courses to support HE STEM practitioners to develop their evaluation work: 1. Getting Started - A Beginners' Guide to Evaluation 2. Evaluation Masterclass: Making use of your evaluation:...

National HE STEM Events

For other National HE STEM events see the National HE STEM Programme's website at

What Works? Student Retention & Success Conference 2012

Date: 28-29 March 2012  Venue: University of York This two-day conference, taking place on 28-29 March at York University, will take a research-informed approach to answering the question ‘what works’ to improve student retention and success in higher education.  Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Pro...

Maths Strand Outputs in the National HE STEM Programme

Dates: Various, Venues: Various Each workshop will run in two parts, enabling colleagues to attend the sessions which are most appropriate for them. Part A: 11am – 1pm  Outreach, Widening Participation, Careers and Employer Engagement.Delivered by Makhan Singh and Hazel Lewis, Institute of...

Accessible Teaching Online Workshops

Date: Tuesdays, 1-1.20pm fortnightly, Venue: online In 2012, JISC TechDis is delivering a series of short online workshops to help make learning and teaching accessible and inclusive. These fortnightly (Tuesday) workshops will help you make the most of JISC TechDis tools and resources. Sessions are...

Evaluating STEM Outreach & Evidencing Impact

PAST EVENTS 29th February: Birmingham, 7 March: London, 8 March: Cardiff Ever wondered whether the HE STEM outreach activities you are doing have any value? Want to improve your practice but don't know where to start? Fed up of feedback questionnaires but want to develop an evaluation plan that...

Bringing STEM Curricula to Life through Public Engagement

PAST EVENT Date: Thursday 1st March 2012 Venue: Aston Business School Conference Centre & Hotel Event Overview Bringing STEM Curricula to life through public engagement was jointly organised by the NCCPE and the National HE STEM program at the Aston Business School Conference Centre.  From this...

Effectively Evaluating Placements Workshops 1&2

PAST EVENTS Two complementary half-day workshops were held at the University of Bath on 27th February 2012 (19 attendees) and 5th March 2012 (11 attendees). Event Details The workshops focussed on placement learning for members of staff at the University of Bath with responsibility for or...

Addressing the needs of employers: writing development and other forms of engagement on undergraduate STEM programmes

PAST EVENT This 'sold-out' day-event (30 attendees) was the second of its kind and ran on 16th February 2012 in Bath at the American Museum (previously held at MMU, 24/11/2011). Event Details The purpose of this workshop was to examine approaches to mapping employability skills within...

University of Bath HE STEM Seminar

PAST EVENT This afternoon-event ran on Monday 30th January 2012 and was open to all staff at the University with an interest in finding out more about HE STEM projects being developed and implemented at Bath. The seminars showcased 13 projects, presented by 12 speakers to a total audience of 36...

University of Exeter HE STEM Seminar

PAST EVENT This interactive seminar was run from 1-3.30 pm on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at the University's Streatham Campus, with the aim of showcasing the variety of projects being undertaken by staff at the University of Exeter as part of the National HE STEM Programme.  The event started with...


Bringing STEM Curricula to Life through Public Engagement

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Thursday 1st March 2012


Aston Business School Conference Centre & Hotel

Event Overview

Bringing STEM Curricula to life through public engagement was jointly organised by the NCCPE and the National HE STEM program at the Aston Business School Conference Centre.  From this page you can download presentations and read an overview of the day.

An event flyer outlining the content for the day can be accessed below:

Bringing STEM Curricula to Life through Public Engagement - Event Programme

Opening Plenary: The role of public engagement for students and for the STEM curriculum

Presented by Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Danielle Grufferty, Vice President Society & Citizenship, NUS; Ivan Moore, HE Curriculum Advisor on the HE STEM Programme; Paul Taylor, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning, Warwick University.

Following the presentations a wide ranging discussion took place, ideas and challenges raised included:

  • Academics and therefore students may struggle to apply their subject to real-life problems
  • Students and staff don’t often get accredited or rewarded for the work that they do within communities
  • There is a great value to working with student/learner ideas and vision and utilising the outreach, volunteering centres, students unions to support curriculum development
  • Respect, responsibility and reason: these should be the 3Rs of Education
  • The importance of exploring the 2 way nature of engagement: co-creation, collaboration and partnerships - generating new knowledge.


The slides from the workshops are available to download below:

Enhancing student employability through ethics-themed schools outreach activities and open educational resources, Dr Dave Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience & Scientific Ethics, University of Leeds

Ethics in Schools

Engineering community based learning at the University of Bristol, Dr Kate Miller, Centre for Public Engagement, University of Bristol

Engineering Community Based Learning - Bristol

Community Action & Knowledge Exchange; community engagement within and beyond the undergraduate curriculum, Dr Nick Plant, Faculty of Computer Science and Creative Technologies, University of the West of England

Community Action

Assessing student learning from public engagement, David Owen, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Assessing Student Learning

Learning to make a difference – student community engagement, Debra Vice-Holt, Community University Partnership Programme, University of Brighton

Learning to make a difference

Open Space

Participants were invited to form groups and explore further themes arising from the day.  The groups formed and a summary of discussions is written below.

Developing a community of practice to generate and share ideas & and developing project ideas for STEM curricula that bring in a wider set of community partners.

The group discussed the possibilities to bring together a network of HEIs with a common interest around this field.  They looked at tools that might help facilitate that network and sharing of practice - such as Wiki’s, and talked about common challenges that might bring the network together such as assessment, evaluation and curriculum development.

Ways of building partnership with community partners

The group discussed the ethical dimension of engagement: extraction vs. true partnerships and began to develop proposals for an ‘authentic listening exercise’ gathering evidence from community partners about worse practice in university-community relationships, and ensuring that we do not pre-structure the evidence gathering with our own agenda.

Practical ways in which staff can be supported to develop their skills in this area

The importance of communication skills and embedding this in training and development from an early stage.  Academics need to be able to communicate effectively with community partners and with students.  Discussed the possibility of ‘engagement fellowships’ for academics to develop practice.

Exploring models for student leadership / involvement and resources to support this

The possibility of a one day workshop looking at student/learner engagement in this area.  Students can be leaders in curriculum development, and can also play a vital role in evaluating provision.

I am a beginner, anyone else?

The small group had a swap shop of ideas and discussed the challenges that they were experiencing.  They noted that the definitions and interpretations of public engagement were quite varied.

London Transport Museum

A delegate from the London Transport Museum used the open space to look at how the NCCPE's framework for assessing student learning from public engagement could be applied in an extra-curricular context.

Funded Proposals

Funding was made available following the event for projects that built on learning from the day. The following have been funded (with completion dates of end of June 2012):

  1. Professor Lindsey McEwan, University of the West of England - Develop an HEI forum in community engaged learning in HE STEM in Bristol
  2. Professor Lindsey McEwan, University of the West of England - Gathering some good practice HE STEM case studies in terms of staff development
  3. Dr Gan Shermer, University of Bath - Investigating the possibility of developing a community of practice for science-based Community Engaged Learning projects
  4. Dr Abel Nymapfene, University of Exeter – Building a database of local players in low carbon energy research and development and to host a stakeholders’ conference to establish projects
  5. Linda Davis, University of Northampton - Allowing a newly formed cross-University STEM Steering Group (USSG) to deliver a joint student, staff and community workshop that seeks to collectively identify specific STEM related projects that meet a community need, develops an understanding of PE and encourages students to become active University STEM Ambassadors
  6. Jo Fried, Birkbeck College - A one day workshop exploring student leadership in STEM PE and local community-engaged learning.