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Engagement Learning Circles

Colourful stick figures in a circleLearning circles (LC) will be our guides to what the Institute should do, and how, and the place of engagement at Warwick. They will each be made up of a group of Fellows / Institute staff with an interest in a particular topic related to engagement.

The areas of discussion will be set by the fellows, with some initial guidance. We intend that the first round of learning circles will look at the following areas (click each heading to expand):

Learning Circle 1: Introduction to Engagement Training

This LC will aid in the development of Public Engagement training contributions to the all Warwick Staff Induction Hub, APP TE and APP EXP Teaching probation courses, Research-focused staff training framework; as well as to the development of WIE's own Introduction to Engagement Moodle (with a version for all Staff and also one in particular for Post-Docs/Early Career researchers).

Learning Circle 2: Developing the New Skills of Engagement

This LC will specialise in the discussion, development of support and training for innovative formats of Engagement communication (e.g. Video/Audio/Animation/Print Design/Online). It will also contribute to the development of a moodle course and a live training session for staff focused on how best to engage with the public online.

Learning Circle 3: Guide to Promoting Events and Event Management

This LC will contribute to the development of a comprehensive guide to help staff promote and manage their public engagement events.

Learning Circle 4: Evaluation and Assessment of PE Projects

This LC will focus on the development of strategies for the robust and useful evaluation of Public Engagement activities and projects. It will in turn produce recommendations, support, and contribute to training (e.g. a moodle course) and templates to aid effective evaluation and assessment of PE projects by Warwick Staff.

Learning Circle 5: Supporting Public Engagement elements of Staff Research/Teaching Funding Bids

This LC will work in conjunction with the WIE team to act as a "surgery"; where staff members seeking to submit research/teaching funding bids including elements of Public Engagement can come for advice and feedback on draft applications. It will also contribute to the development of a comprehensive guide to help staff apply for funding for Public Engagement with Research projects.

Learning Circle 6: Student Training in Public Engagement (UG and PG)

This LC will help develop WIE Introduction to Public Engagement courses for UG and PG students; as well as work with the WIE Team to develop and deliver live sessions for Student Opportunity and Skills events; contribute to WIE’s IATL ‘Connecting Cultures: Public Engagement with Research’ module; as well as occasional contributions where appropriate to UG modules across the Faculties.

Learning Circle 7: Developing a Pedagogy of Public Engagement

This LC will run in conjunction with WIHEA, and will develop recommendations, best practice guidance and templates in the field of the Pedagogy of Public Engagement (teaching and assessment) focused at both UG and PGT level. This LC will work in collaboration with LC 6 (above) and will also participate where appropriate in UG Opportunity and Skills sessions and WIE’s IATL module. It will also in turn offer support where appropriate to staff and Departments (and EPQ) for the introduction of Public Engagement aspects to current modules / new Public Engagement modules and forms of assessment.

Learning Circle 8: Development of Best Practice for Talking to Different Audience Groups

This LC will discuss and develop recommendations and training (e.g. moodle courses) for staff and students on how to best communicate with different audience groups with different communication challenges and needs (e.g. patients, school management/teachers/children, communities of the Third Age, religious groups and migrant communities).

Learning Circle 9: Promotion and Impact, Outreach and Engagement Review

This LC will support a project commissioned by the Provost to revisit and update examples of evidence for Impact, Outreach and Engagement (I, O, E) cited in the University’s Promotions Criteria. In turn it will also produce recommendations for expansion of the I, O, E banding in Promotions Criteria, and lead in due course on the development of an I, O, E workshop to support staff applying for promotion.

Learning Circle 10: EUTOPIA Public Engagement Strategy Development

This LC will work with the WIE team on its contribution to a EUTOPIA work package on Citizen Science, help develop EUTOPIA Post-Doc and PhD Public Engagement training; as well as contribute to the Warwick EUTOPIA team’s response to EU’s new Knowledge Square model.

Learning Circle 11: Co-Producing Research and Collaborating with Communities

This LC will focus on strategies for the effective co-production of research and engagement activities with community and patient groups, individuals and non-HE organisations. It will, where appropriate, develop support and training for staff wishing to develop strategies for co-production and community engagement, as well as feed into the forthcoming WIE Engagement Database project. Other outcomes might include the development of a Code of Good Practice for collaborative working beyond the HE sector, and guidance on the significance of co-produced research in the university's future KEF submission.

Learning Circle 12: Developing an Inclusive Engagement approach

This LC will consider ways in which Warwick Engagement activities can be more inclusive in line with the University’s Inclusion Strategy. It will, where appropriate, provide recommendations and support to other Learning Circles on an Inclusive Engagement approach.

Learning Circle 13: The Future of Engagement in HE

This LC will look at the long-term future development of Engagement in HE and work with the WIE team to present their findings and subsequent recommendations both to Warwick and to the HE sector, perhaps in time via research publications. It will also contribute where appropriate to WIE input into Public Engagement aspects of large University Development and Fundraising bids.