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National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

logo National Coordinating CentreBased at the Watershed Media Centre in central Bristol, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement was established in 2008 as part of the £9.2m Beacons for Public Engagement initiative. 

The organisation’s remit is to support and facilitate public engagement work within the higher education sector which makes a vital, strategic and valued contribution to 21st-century society.

Paul Manners, NCCPE Director said the NCCPE defines public engagement as:

“the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”"
Paul Manners, NCCPE

In February 2012, Paul Manners held a workshop at GCU with Community and Public Engagement stakeholders where the initial groundwork for establishing Community and Public Engagement was done.  GCU subsequently signed the NCCPE's 'Engaged University' manifesto. Manifesto for Public Engagement Final January 2010

Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said:

"Signing the NCCPE manifesto is a natural extension of our motto and guiding principal “for the common weal”– meaning the common good – as we continue to champion social mobility, put our innovative ideas into action and share our professional expertise and knowledge wherever it is needed.”"
Professor Pamela Gillies, Glasgow Caledonian University

‌Alongside GCU signing the NCCPE's 'Engaged University' Manifesto, The GCU Student's Association pledged to encourage and support their members (GCU Students) to participate in Community Engagement in February 2013.

EDGE tool - student support

Members of the Community and Public Engagement Steering Group have become NCCPE Ambassadors and have attended the NCCPE's annual conference, Engage 2012 along with other development and networking opportunities afforded to us by the NCCPE.

NCCPE Images

Photos from the Engage 2012 event are on the flickr share below: