The Engaged University? From theory to practice

The Engaged University? From theory to practice

Friday 8th January 2010
1230 lunch followed by seminar 1300 -1500

Room W6 Wilson Building
Edge Hill University

(If you would like to reserve a place, please email Angie Daly on dalya [at]

The public engagement remit of universities has been described by HEFCE/RCUK as the “ambition for a different, more inclusive relationship between the academic and non-academic worlds” ( Dimensions of public engagement include: public access to knowledge & facilities; widening participation; student and staff engagement; encouraging economic regeneration and enterprise and institutional relationship and partnership building. Activities involve staff and students at all levels of universities and the publics/communities with whom they engage (Auditing, Evaluating and Benchmarking Public Engagement: NCCPE Briefing Paper No.1).

Knowledge exchange can be viewed a central element of public engagement which at Edge Hill University is defined broadly and “recognises various forms of collaboration and benefit, extending well beyond narrow notions of income generation” (DRKT Knowledge Transfer Development Fund). Activities here include wider benefits of applied of knowledge and skills; critical analysis of policy and practice; commercial income generation through research, knowledge transfer and training services and consultancy. Following on from the Centre for Local Policy Studies Research Exchange Seminar on ‘Concepts of Knowledge Exchange’, we would like to continue the discussion about what knowledge exchange and public engagement means for us at Edge Hill.

We are pleased to welcome

who will share with us experiences of researching the interface between universities and publics through a national and university-wide systemic action research project.

Come and join us to explore:

  • Perceptions of public engagement and the role of universities?
  • Knowledge exchange/public engagement activities at Edge Hill?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?

If you would like to reserve a place, please email Angie Daly on dalya [at] .

Please include any dietary requirements, as lunch is included.


Chair               Stuart Speeden, Centre for Local Policy Studies

1230    Lunch

1300    Introduction: Thinking about knowledge exchange and public engagement

1310    Motivations for public engagement: Whose Interests? Heather Squires

1330    Researching public engagement cultures. Danny Burns

1400    The ‘engaged university’? Where are we now?

1440    Review: What are the opportunities and challenges?

1500    Close

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