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Pitfalls and possibilities of developing school-university partnerships

Join Ellie Cripps (University of Bristol) and Kirsty Ross (University of Strathclyde) to explore the pitfalls and possibilities of developing school-university partnerships.

Date: 5th June 2019

Location: Bristol

This one day course supports participants to develop school-university partnerships that inspire students by bringing cutting edge research into the classroom. Using the NCCPE’s Perspective on Partnerships tool we will explore the perspectives of all those involved in partnership – researchers, brokers, teachers and school students. Drawing on learning and experience from the School University Partnership Initiative (SUPI), we will foster new understandings of how to define the scope of new projects, ensure clarity and avoid unmet expectations, as well as renewing and rejuvenating existing partnerships.

Who: The course is aimed at public engagement professionals and those working in outreach or widening participation roles, who are responsible for supporting academics staff to develop partnerships with schools and engage with school pupils.

Cost: £75 per person (£45 for PEP Network members)

Price includes a copy of the NCCPE's Perspectives on Partnership PoP tool

Find out more and book your place

Tue 12 March 2019, 13:08 | Tags: NCCPE, Schools


The 13th annual Science in Public conference will provide an innovative, engaging, and creative interdisciplinary space to explore the intersection of science and publics. Taking place from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 July 2019, the theme for the conference is ‘the global and the local’; the organisers hope to increase engagement between practitioners and researchers locally, nationally, and globally whilst also thinking through the implications of science communication and practice on the different scales we are often expected to and need to work on. The conference is open to variety of formats and content, which means that the sub-themes of the conference will be driven by the submissions that we receive. We are looking to include the widest possible range of perspectives in the programme content and encourage you to contact us with questions you might have about potential contributions.

Wed 27 February 2019, 11:18 | Tags: Science

NCCPE Engage Researchers' Academy

A new initiative from the NCCPE, the Engage Researchers' Academy is a year long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for delegates to reflect upon what it means to be an engaged researcher, and to explore the quality and value of engagement. It also supports participants to develop the skills and experience to work with others and improve the impact and relevance of their research.

Fri 23 March 2018, 09:11 | Tags: NCCPE

Royal Society Training

Introduction to public engagement

12 March 2019, 10am – 4.30pm

This course will enable you to take part in, or create, public engagement activities that are research-led and relevant to you. Designed with early-mid career researchers in mind, the course includes sessions on the benefits of public engagement, what ‘good’ looks like and understanding audiences, as well as how to create public engagement activities that grow out of, and complement, your research.

The course will be delivered by Dr Steve Cross in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity based approaches.

Find out more about the course, including course fees, bursaries and how to register here.


Engaging with schools

21 March 2019, 10am – 5pm

This course offers early-mid career researchers the opportunity to share experiences and learning with like-minded scientists, to explore approaches for engaging more effectively with schools and young people, and to reflect on your own activities and aspirations for working with schools.

The course will be delivered by Dr Ceri Harrop and Dee-Ann Johnson and will include sessions on understanding the school environment, exploring teacher and pupil expectations, considering learning methodologies and practical tips for pitching, designing and delivering engaging activities in schools.

Find out more about the course, including course fees, bursaries and how to register here.

If you have any questions please email

Thu 22 March 2018, 11:59 | Tags: Science