Welcome to the Manchester Beacon Network for people from university, community and cultural organisations to share their events, projects and learning.

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About Manchester Beacon Network

The Manchester Beacon network is maintained by The University of Manchester and draws content from across its >400 members. You'll get network news via our newsletter but also...

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Network Coordinators

  • Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester
  • Erinma Ochu, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, The University of Manchester

Any enquiries can be directed to: beaconATmanchester.ac.uk


The Manchester Beacon network is a legacy of the Manchester Beacon for Public engagement, a four year programme (2008 - 2012) aimed at supporting engagement across Greater Manchester through a partnership that involved The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester Knowledge Capital.

If you would like to find out more about the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement programme, visit our learning or read this short guide:

Guide to Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement  Guide to the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement. ? 

You can also read the final independent evaluation of the Manchester Beacon which is summarised here and shares lessons learned and progress against objectives. All of the Beacon reports are available for download.

The National Coordinating Centre

The National Coordinating Centre in Bristol continues to share learning around public engagement across the Higher Education Sector. In 2012, eight additional universities were awarded 'Catalyst' funding by Research Councils UK to build on the legacy of the Beacons initiative by embedding public engagement in research.

Our Funders

The Manchester Beacon was part of the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Research Councils UK, in association with the Wellcome Trust, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Scottish Funding Council.

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Help Documentation

The following help documents are available, divided by section:

  1. General
  2. Home Page
  3. Events
  4. Members
  5. Publications
  6. Opportunities
  7. Newsletters
  8. Projects & Awards
  9. Other Pages

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