This initiative aims to create a culture within UK Higher Education where public engagement is formalised and embedded as a valued and recognised activity for staff at all levels, and for students.
The NCCPE’s vision is of a higher education sector making a vital, strategic and valued contribution to 21st-century society through its public engagement activity. • Ourmission is to support universities to increase the quantity and quality of their public engagement activity. • Our three strategic aims are: 1. To inspire a shift in culture - Support universities in bringing about strategic change that embeds public engagement - Identify, develop and disseminate evidence-informed practice • 2. To increase capacity for public engagement • - Broker and encourage the sharing of effective practice • Capture learning from the Beacons and beyond and share it widely 3. To build effective partnerships - Encourage partners to embed public engagement in their work - Inform, influence and interpret policy - Raise the status of public engagement
Public engagement in practice Public awareness and understanding - Festivals - Public lectures - Outreach events - Exhibitions etc Service and social responsibility - Volunteering and charitable activities - Providing access to University facilities • Engaged teaching and learning • Service learning (linking student study to community needs) • - Lifelong learning provision Engaged research - Collaborative research, with end users actively involved in the work and its eventual application - Co-production of knowledge, with end-users involved in defining research programme and directing its execution • Knowledge exchange • - Contribution of expertise to policy development • Brokerage service for external enquirers • ‘Experts directory’ to open up access to university expertise
Aims of the programme: 1. To inspire a shift in culture encouraging universities to recognise the value of student volunteering as part of their core strategy. 2. To build capacity pooling the expertise of the student volunteering community, and working together strategically to galvanise a step change in the quality, quantity and diversity of student volunteering. 3. To deliver high quality engagement activity enriching universities, their communities and the lives of the students involved.
Student Volunteering – What are the issues? • Student Volunteering covers broad and diverse range of activities – with different institutional arrangements and objectives, and different funding sources. • As a result: • Hard to capture full impact of the work • Hard to ‘align’ activity, as it happens in pockets within institutions • Vulnerable to shifts in funding • Prevents a coherent ‘narrative’ emerging that captures its full strategic importance • We need a framework that clarifies the scope of student volunteering and its connections, and shows how it adds value to key strategic purposes of universities (teaching and learning, research, student experience, etc). • What is the unique contribution that universities can make through strategic management of volunteering ?
2008 2009 2010 2011 • Project set up • Appoint team • Initiate research • Evaluation • Advisory group • Phase 1: Listen and learn • Research - Consultation events • Online consultation • Developing partnerships • Phase 2: Development and testing • Pilot projects (Sept 09) • Website and resources development • Development of Charter/ Manifesto • Toolkits / frameworks • National campaigns • Phase 3: Dissemination/ advocacy • Website and communications • Manifesto/ Charter launch • Embrace approach into overall strategy and communications
How will we do it? • Research and evidence gathering • Benchmark of current activity • Framework of different approaches • Engage and involve • Dynamic and extensive consultation process, involving all key stakeholders • Framework • Impact; recognition; funding • Pilot projects • Enhance good practice, tackle barriers, promote innovation • National campaigns • Connect universities with external partners to deliver large scale volunteering activities • Advocacy and influence • Strategic endorsement from VCs, funders
What have we done so far? • Research • Completed and published Phase 1 research and mapping exercise, describing current activity and impact • Consultation • WiSCV regional meetings • Student consultation events • National Campaigns • Launched new student engagement programme with National Trust • Wider engagement • Established programme Advisory Board • Appointed external evaluator
What next? • Research • Commission major Phase 2 research programme, focussing on student perspectives, community engagement, and impact evaluation • Pilot Project fund • Launch pilot project fund • Student Advisory Board • Recruit and establish Student Advisory Board, with themes including: programme direction, research, pilot projects, national campaigns, skills hubs
vinspiredstudents Grant Programme • Pilot project fund to test and trial new ideas around student volunteering • Enhancing good practice • Tackling gaps and barriers • Promoting innovation and growth • £125k for up to 15 projects • Open to HEIs and Students’ Unions • Key criteria: • Advance learning about student volunteering • Innovative • Engage students in design and delivery • Embed equality and diversity • Promote engagement with wider community
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