Beacon Bursaries
Funding for up to £2000 for UCL public engagement projects

For over 13 years now, the Engagement Team at UCL Culture has run the flagship Beacon Bursary Funding Scheme to advance the practice and culture of public and community engagement within UCL.   

We’re thrilled to have awarded eleven bursaries in 2020. Find out about the projects funded last year at this web link.  

The 2021/2022 Beacon Bursary funding round is now open. Applications will be accepted up to the deadline of midday on Monday 13th December 2021

Who can apply: 
Any current member of UCL staff (both academic and professional services) or UCL postgraduate research students can apply. If you are at UCL on an honorary contract, your proposed project must be related to UCL research or teaching. 

With support from UCL East we also have dedicated funding for projects working with communities in east London.  We also encourage applications for projects from teaching fellows that will foster connections and bring mutual benefit for UCL students and target communities.  

Before you apply 
We strongly advise that before you submit an application you read the following: 
Beacon Bursary Funding Scheme Guidance (pdf)

For project examples and names of previous award holders, you can download a full list of all previously funded projects. Or you can see more information about projects funded in 2020 and 2019.  

How to apply 
This year we are separating out what goes to our panel for consideration and what information we collect as UCL Engagement. So applications will have two parts:

1. The panel application document. The information collected here will be shared with the Beacon Bursary Panel. No additional information will be shared with them. Once completed, please upload (as a word of pdf file) using the online form linked below. For guidance with the panel application, please see the panel application guidance document.

2. The online form will be where you upload the panel application and UCL Engagement will collect information that will form part of the evaluation and review of the funding scheme. This collection will be aggregated, and individual records will not be kept. This includes personal diversity information. None of this information will be shared with the panel.

Please complete both parts of the application by midday on Monday 13th December 2021

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your application, please contact publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk  

Support for applicants 
20 minute support and advice sessions with members of the public engagement team will be available to book by contacting publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk with the following information:  

  • A short sentence on your project idea 

  • What School or Research Department you work within 

  • Whether your project connects with communities in east London.  

  • Timeslot preference (we will assign you a 20 minute slot within this time) 

These are the available timeslots. All timeslots are available to all applicants, please let us know if you would like to talk specifically to any specialist available for that slot. More timeslots may be added in future, so please check this webpage for more options for dates / specialist advice.  

  • Wednesday 24th November. 10:00 - 12:30. General advice & projects in east London. 
  • Wednesday 1st December. 13:30 - 15:30. General advice. 
  • Friday 3rd December. 13:30 - 16:00. Research & teaching with education & social sciences. 
  • Monday 6th December 10:00 - 12:30. General advice & projects in east London.  

Please be aware these timeslots fill up quickly and are first come, first served. 

Diversity & Demographic Information
As part of our ongoing work to improve the inclusivity and accessibility of the scheme, we encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive, to disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. 

With this in mind, we hope to hold specialised support and advice sessions with representatives from various networks at the university. We will post updates on this here on this webpage.  

We are also asking for demographic information in two places. There may be duplication, but this way, you the applicant has control over where demographic information is shared:

  1. As part of the online application form. These questions are not compulsory. Any information you give here will not be seen by the judging panel and, therefore, will not inform funding decisions. We are collecting this data for the purpose of evaluation and reporting as this can help inform us how we can improve the diversity of project applicants for future Beacons Bursaries. 

    This information will be unlinked from your application by a member of the UCL public engagement team and will be stored anonymously. 
  2. As part of the panel application document, which will be shared with the panel, this way you can provide additional information for the panel to consider.





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