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The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement [NCCPE] was established in 2008 as part of the £9.2m Beacons for Public Engagement initiative. Based at the Watershed Centre in Bristol, the NCCPE is a partnership between the University of Bristol and University of the West of England. We are a small core team of eight, headed by Director Paul Manners.

Our vision is of a higher education sector making a vital, strategic and valued contribution to 21st-century society through its public engagement activity. We are working to help support universities to improve, value and increase the quantity and quality of their public engagement activity, and embed it into their core practice.

We work with the Beacons to synthesise learning from their work, and disseminate it. In addition we work with Universities across the Higher Education sector to learn from them, and develop resources, research and events that capture the huge value of public engagement, and equip people to get involved.

We are keen to ensure that we support university staff and students across all roles and subjects to get involved in appropriate public engagement activity.

Our website is a rapidly growing resource for the sector – with information about funding, examples of good practice, upcoming events, news and other resources.

We are developing a manifesto for universities to sign to declare their support and intentions around public engagement and will encourage University senior managers to sign up to develop their institution’s work in this area.


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