Creating Networks

We are here to bring the outside in and the inside out.

We believe that when a variety of voices are included, our research is better quality, more impactful, and more relevant in society. With networks across UCL, and outside UCL, we want to build connections between departments, disciplines, and communities.

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UCL Engagement Network

For UCL staff and students

The UCL Engagement Network brings together UCL staff and students interested in public engagement and keeps you up to date with new developments via regular meetings and newsletters.

The meetings are designed to appeal to all, whether you are a novice or a public engagement old-hand, and everyone from UCL is welcome. Find out when the next Network meeting is taking place.

Sign up to the UCL Engagement Network Newsletter.

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Creating Connections

Creating Connections is a regular networking event that brings together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations, with the aim of finding mutually beneficial ways to work together. It is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit and UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit usually in association with one or more community partner. We run these events in both Camden and in East London. Find out when the next one is and sign up to join the Creating Connections network.

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UCL East Engagement Network

For UCL staff and students

The UCL East Engagement Network is open to both academics and non-academics who have responsibility for developing and delivering activities in East London.  The networks aims are to:

  • Develop and promote a shared understanding of UCL’s community and public engagement strategy across all relevant academic and professional service units at UCL.
  • Champion best practice in community and public engagement.
  • Provide a space where UCL staff involved in community and public engagement can access peer support, advice and challenge in relation to their engagement activity
  • Share the learning of UCL East community and public engagement activity across the institution and use it to improve our delivery of outstanding engagement programmes in London and beyond

Contact the East Engagement Team if you would like to get involved.

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The School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) Community of Engagers

SLMS Community of Engagers is a peer network for staff and students working with Public Engagement and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI/E), providing a space to develop and share their skills, experiences, resources and knowledge.

The group is primarily focused on face to face, termly meetings, with a digital presence and monthly newsletter. The network offers termly peer support meetings and a collaborative monthly newsletter for sharing PPI/E opportunities. 

While focussed on the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, membership is open to all staff and students supporting or conducting activities that involve interactions with patient, community and public groups and individuals who can inform the various stages of the research process. This covers activity defined as public engagement, patient and public involvement, or an intersection of the two.

Next meetings are TBC due to the ongoing Covid-19 recommendations for social distancing. 

To join the conversation and receive the newsletter contact publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk

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The School of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences and Maths and Physical Sciences (BEAMS) Community of Engagers

This is an informal gathering of students, academics and professional services staff working across BEAMS who are involved in or are interested in public and community engagement. Currently this group is focused around a Microsoft Teams channel which UCL members can join by clicking this link: Link to BEAMS Community of Engagers Teams group.

This group also intersects with the Bartlett Community of Engagers called 'Imperfect by Design' more information for members of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment can be found via this link: Link to about 'Imperfect by Design'


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