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Beacons for Public Engagement
Beacons for Public EngagementThe UCL Public Engagement Unit was created in 2008 as one of six in the United Kingdom to be funded by the beacons for public engagement programme set up by HEFCE, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.Beacons funding was intended to help the staff of UCL:To work with audiences that UCL has not traditionally talked or listened to, including socially excluded groups.To better connect UCL with London, through work with local communities and creative organisations in the local area.To find new models and opportunities for dialogue between academic and non-academic groups in all of UCL's subjects.To increase the amount and quality of public engagement work undertaken at UCL.This report captures and describes the activities that have taken place under the UCL-led Beacon as part of the BPE programme. The Public Engagement Unit (PEU) was established within UCL to support staff and students to involve members of the public in their work. Achievements from May 2008 to December 201191 public engagement projects have been funded through various grantsOne Beacon Fellowship has been completed and five public engagement mentors have been appointedA total of 237 partner groups/organisations have been linked to the programmeCreation of the Annual UCL Provost’s Awards for Public EngagementCreation of the Annual UCL Public Engagement SymposiumOver 37,560 people have attended programme and project activitiesOver 1600 UCL staff and students and 530 people outside UCL, have taken part in training and mentoring on public engagement£98,136 additional funding has been received from external agencies to support projects facilitated by the PEUAdvice and support has been provided on 47 public engagement and research funding applications to external bodies. These have been awarded funding totalling over £10 million37 Bright Club events have been delivered, and attended by approximately 3,933 people60 Bright Club podcasts have been created with an average download figure of 1,955 per episodeCreation of the Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lecture series featuring 44 speakers over three academic termsDevelopment and approval by the UCL Senior Management Team and UCL Council of a UCL Public Engagement StrategyPublic engagement is now included as a requirement in the UCL academic staff promotions criteriaThe PEU has had a long term impact in supporting institutional commitment to public engagement. It has been successful in creating an independent structure and model for public engagement, and has addressed many barriers traditionally faced by HEIs undertaking public engagement. The PEU has also driven a culture change at UCL both at a strategic and grassroots level, which has led to a longer term commitment to public engagement through the continuation of the unit. The PEU can now build upon the success that the Beacons for Public Engagement programme has allowed, and focus on a more targeted approach within the Schools and Faculties.You can find out more about the Beacons for Public Engagement Programme on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's websiteYou can download the final report on Beacons for Public Engagement Programme by going to our resources section.
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Bloomsbury Festival
The Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the diverse communities that live and work in the Bloomsbury area.UCL hosted a hub for the festival in 2016 and 2017 and it has been a fantastic opportunity for UCL staff and students to engage with communities in the Bloomsbury area.[[{"fid":"4735","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Man with book","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Man with book","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"300","width":"450","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]In 2016, UCL Culture supported 14 research teams to set up stalls and activities across campus with the theme of “Language”. We discussed topics ranging from using baking to tell stories about dementia, speaking to cephalopods and the language of data. The campus was host to dance troupes, theatre companies and artists, as hundreds of attendees arrived to find out more about the work going on at UCL.UCL Culture is looking forward to again hosting a hub in 2017, working on the theme of “Independence”. For more information, sign up to the UCL Culture mailing list and keep an eye on the Bloomsbury Festival website.
Bright Club
Bright Club is the thinking person's comedy night, where UCL researchers become stand up comedians. Run by the UCL Public Engagement Unit, Bright Club aims to bring UCL researchers together with a new audience: 20-50 year olds who have no existing relationship with academia.[[{"fid":"1284","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_float_left_right[und]":"none"},"type":"media","link_text":null,"field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_float_left_right[und]":"none"}},"attributes":{"height":"1095","width":"4928","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]It's a great opportunity for UCL staff to get experience of sharing what they do with a friendly, informal audience. So that they're pitch-perfect on the night, presenters are trained in performance skills by experts in stand-up comedy.Bright Club started in May 2009. Since then we've tackled subjects like London, Time, Light, Metal, Film, Crime and Sea, and we've received financial support from the  Science and Technology Facilities Council and The Wellcome Trust.Personas are a research tool used to bring together and represent key users or audience groups' needs or experiences. Personas are commonly used in design and marketing. We have created personas is to capture the experience of academics who have taken part in Bright Club. They are not based on an individual, but are a fusion of experiences of those people who have taken part in Bright Club. The important factors to note are:They are fictitious characters, but based on knowledge captured through interviews undertaken those who have been involved in Bright ClubThey have been edited from narratives of actual experiencesThey provide a snapshot of combined experienceThey convey information to explain motives, experience and outcomes from being involved in Bright Club
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