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2019 Beacon Bursaries awarded
UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Beacon Bursary public engagement funding.The aim of this scheme is to advance the practice and culture of public and community engagement within UCL by enabling UCL staff and postgraduate students to:Explore mutually beneficial engagement between communities and UCL research and teaching.Be innovative in their engagement.Evaluate, learn from and share their engagement activities.The Beacon Bursary funding scheme supports UCL’s Public Engagement Strategy which aims to embed public engagement as a normal, valued activity for UCL staff and studentsWe have funded eight projects in this round, three of which involve communities and local organisations in east London.The projects are:Julia Bailey – Primary Care and Population HealthContraception Choices.Contraception choices will offer a series of outreach workshops and an International Women's Day public engagement event to engage a range of audiences in discussions about contraception. This project will reach communities such as the queer, trans and non-binary communities, homeless people and migrant women, working with groups including Open Doors in Hackney and Queer Newham. It will facilitate discussions to find more about the contraception needs of these 'hard-to-reach' communities, and to set agendas for future research.Dr Julia Bailey is an associate professor in Primary Care at the UCL eHealth Unit, and a specialty doctor in community sexual health in South East LondonEllie Buckley and Ali Northcott – Centre for Research in Education and Autism (CRAE)Embodying Difference – A multi-platform event exploring neurodiversity and creativity.Embodying Difference will be a one-off event creating a public dialogue between artistic and scientific disciplines and modes of research. The event will explore new ways to generate knowledge from different perspectives - highlighting the strengths of the neurodivergent art practitioners, showcasing their insights, and highlighting how their neurodiversity and co-existing conditions such as autism, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyslexia and synaesthesia enhance and inform their creativity and artistic practice.Ellie Buckley is a current PhD student in the Centre for Research in Autism and Education. Ali Northcott is the Artist-in-Residence and Honorary Researcher for the Centre for Research in Autism and EducationRachel Frost –  Primary Care and Population HealthUpping our game: achieving meaningful patient and public collaboration in primary care research and teaching across the whole department.Upping our game will further develop PCPH’s existing project-level patient and public involvement to transform and embed long term public and patient involvement through all aspects of Departmental strategy (research, teaching, impact and patient involvement).Dr Rachael Frost is a Research Associate in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health.Valentina Giordano – Bartlett School of PlanningPlace Alliance: Child-centred urban planning.This will involve children in a design workshop to explore the question: What would child-centred urban planning look like? Students from Bobby Moore Academy, near UCL East, will be involved through an assembly, co-design workshops and the chance to share their work through public exhibitions.Valentina Giordano is a Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Planning where she manages the Place Alliance.Ezra Horbury – English Language and LiteratureWriting Trans LivesWriting Trans Lives builds on the ‘Trans Studies, Trans lives symposium’ to bring together aspiring trans/non-binary writers with established trans/non-binary writers through three workshops, a public reading and potential publication. The established writers will provide practical advice and develop aspiring writers’ expertise and experience at writing their own narratives.Dr Ezra Horbury is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature.Jaqueline McDermott – UCL Cancer InstituteVisible Vulvas – Artistic Explorations of Living with Vulval Disease.Visible Vulvas will involve the delivery of three workshops around vulval health awareness leading to an art exhibition co-produced by scientists, women living with vulval disease, and artists and, hopefully, taking place in the Vagina Museum in Camden. The project will increase awareness and understanding of vulval disease amongst the general public and the medical profession.Dr Jackie McDermott is an Academic Gynaecological Pathology Consultant at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustNaaheed Mukadam – Faculty of Brain SciencesRe-framing the dementia narrative in east London.Re-framing will co-develop and run four art based workshops to raise awareness of dementia risk factors and the benefits of dementia diagnosis in the South Asian community in east London. Working with community groups such as the Sonali Gardens Day Centre and Kobi Nazrul Community Centre, it will gather the communities’ input regarding research priorities from this group.Dr Naaheed Mukadam is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow Consultant in the Division of PsychiatryMelanie Ramdarshan Bold – Department of Information StudiesThe Green Room play and workshop, Theatre PeckhamThis project will provide opportunities and a platform for authors of colour; Drawing on UCL research, the project will increase the awareness of theatre audiences of the experiences of authors of colour in the British publishing industry. To achieve this the project will co-create a reciprocal dialogue and partnership between academia and community stakeholders (Words of Colour and Theatre Peckham) and create a longer and larger-scale project.Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies. 
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2019 Train and Engage projects funded
UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Train and Engage funding.Train and Engage is a training and funding program for postgraduate research students, who are looking to connect their work with public groups.The unit is proud to have funded 5 projects in the latest round of funding and brief summaries are below.Chuckie Fer Calsado – Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment - Institute of Education.Curriculum Enrichment: STEM and Indiginous Knowledge for Lumad Bakwit School.The project aims to gather and mobilise volunteer STEM educators in enriching the current STEM curriculum of the Lumad Bakwit Schools and in crafting essential learning materials for them. The Lumad People are an etholinguistic group in Mindanao, Philippines: they have been forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands where their culture is deeply rooted, and where their community schools are situated. Seeking refuge in evacuation areas through the help of support groups, Lumad ‘Bakwit’ (from the word ‘evacuation’) Schools were built to continue their education. These makeshift classrooms in evacuation centers serve as their school. This project aims to provide a venue for open discussions with the volunteer educators on the realities of the people from the countryside, such as that of the Lumad People’s struggle for the right to education and self determinationTabitha Millett – Culture, Communication and Media - Institute of Education.Queering the Art Classroom Collaborates.This project is an exhibition of five London-based early career artists, which will take place in September 15-26th at the National Trust’s Sutton House. The artists involved will be making work in response to a June exhibition, which is comprised of student work from three GCSE classes in London who have made work with Queering the Art Classroom (QTAC), exploring gender and sexuality. The aim of Queering the Art Classroom Collaborates is to provide a platform for emerging LGBTQ+ artists. The project will also run workshops for schools and the public throughout the duration of the exhibition. This particular project is driven by a desire to connect local school students with artists and give them the opportunity to work with industry professionals.Diana Margot Rosenthal – Population, Policy and Practice - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.Walk In My Shoes.This project sets out to facilitate a series of creative and collaborative skill-based workshops with homeless mothers of children under-5 and to produce an exhibition promoting public awareness of child homelessness and the challenges encountered in meeting the Healthy Child programme recommendations when living in temporary accommodation. We will work together with mothers to translate the research data gathered through citizen science approaches into a map quilt, creating a visual representation of the barriers they personally face when trying to engage with health care services and supporting their children to meet developmental milestones. These workshops will be hosted at The Magpie Project, Newham, where their children will be in a supportive and safe space as their mothers develop transferable skills to sustain in the long term, as many are currently unable to work due to their immigration status. These efforts will culminate in a week-long art exhibition and programme of talks, as well as further visualisations of the project data produced by local artists in a public space.Choong Ling Liew-Cain – Space & Climate Physics - Mathematics & Physical Sciences.Stargazing at Mullard Space Science Laboratory.The aims of this project are to increase the visibility of Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL, Department of Space & Climate Science) within the local community where they can learn about the research taking place in the department and its value, to create an opportunity for researchers and local residents to interact and create a legacy of public engagement activities for local residents in MSSL.Eva A Sprecher – Psychoanalysis Unit – Psychology and Language Sciences.Dialogue Development Workshops: what should we be researching regarding foster carer-foster child relationships?This project aims to act as a response to the systematic exclusion of young people with care experience and foster carers in research concerning parenting relationships. Often being a foster carer or looked-after-child are exclusion criteria for parenting-focused studies; leading to neglect in research of large numbers of children in the UK who grow up in long-term foster care. The project will work with project partners to co-design dialogue workshops that include creative and engaging activities to generate ideas and conversations with participants about research regarding the relationship between foster carers and looked after children/young people.  
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Beacon Bursaries
The Beacon Bursaries have been designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to do public engagement. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement. Bursaries are part of a strategic programme of activities that aim to embed public engagement as a normal, valued activity for UCL staff and postgraduate research students. Applications are made using a short form.Applications for 2019 are now closed. We expect to open the next funding round in Summer Term 2020.We awarded 8 Beacon Bursaries in the most recent round. Read more about them here.You can also download a list of all previously funded projects.For announcements and further information sign up to our newsletter.[[{"fid":"6595","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":" Beatboxing after laryngectomy, a Beacon Bursary funded project led by Dr Evangelos Himonides ","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-small","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3E%3Cem%3E%26nbsp%3BBeatboxing%20after%20laryngectomy%2C%20a%20Beacon%20Bursary%20funded%20project%20led%20by%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Firis.ucl.ac.uk%2Firis%2Fbrowse%2Fprofile%3Fupi%3DEHIMO21%22%3EDr%20Evangelos%20Himonides%3C%2Fa%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fem%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"2":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":" Beatboxing after laryngectomy, a Beacon Bursary funded project led by Dr Evangelos Himonides ","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]  
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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.
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