Guardian Higher Education Network – debate on public engagement in universities
Public Engagement Wordle created at http://www.wordle.net
Public engagement: what does it mean in higher education today? – live chat
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The Guardian’s Higher Education Network has a dedicated page for the debate where people can comment (you’ll need to register as a commenter, you can also join as a member of their HE Network – both are free) and you can also follow or contribute via the hashtag #HElivechat.
“What does public engagement actually mean? It’s one of those terms for which it’s hard to find a single definition that reflects its wider purpose and the many forms it takes within the higher education sector.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement [NCCPE] has given it a go and come up with this: “Public engagement describes 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.””
From the Guardian’s introduction to the PE debate.
More on public engagement
- CHI+MED’s outreach resources (eg for schools)
- All posts on the chi+med blog categorised as public engagement
- The NCCPE’s discussion mailing list NCCPE-PEN
- psci-com mailing list – for those with an interest in science communication / public engagement with science