People development

Engagement Excellence Scheme (EES)

Application for the Engagement Excellence Scheme is open for the academic year 2021-22

Updated deadline: Submit your application by Monday 11 October 2021, 5pm to peteam@leeds.ac.uk

About the EES

The Engagement Excellence Scheme aims to build researchers’ skills, knowledge, confidence and leadership skills to undertake public engagement activities, and to create a network of research engagement champions across the University. The scheme is open to staff members from all faculties.

New for 2021-22, the scheme will also offer a policy engagement track.

The successful public engagement track (including patient involvement) continues from previous years, supported by the Public Engagement team.

The new policy engagement track will be supported by Policy Leeds and Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI). The policy track will follow the same structure as the public engagement track, but with the training tailored for policy engagement.

The course is a mix of nine project planning sessions and training sessions held across the academic year, each lasting for about for two hours. Project planning sessions will allow Fellows to receive individualised guidance from the mentors and course leaders and feedback from peers to help them develop their activities. Training sessions will be aligned to the needs of Fellows.

Fellows use public or policy engagement to increase the impact of a project in their group, institute or school and can develop their skills to become a champion for engagement. Most continue and become members of the EES+ network, which brings together Fellows and Champions of Engagement.

Read reflections from previous Fellows (PE).

Please consult the call and guidance notes and use the application form to apply by 11th October, 5pm. The call documents are also available in the Engaged Research Team-Training channel.

 

Engaged Research Team

The Engaged Research Microsoft Team is a place to bring together everyone who is involved in or interested in engagement with research.

The purpose of this team is
  • to be the go-to place for all things related to Engagement with Research
  • to bring like-minded people together to build a community including academics, researchers, and professional staff
  • to provide support and resources in one place you can come back to
  • to bring people together across the University to maximise synergies around engagement with research (Public Engagement, Policy Engagement, Patient Involvement, and Third Sector Engagement)
  • to promote funding and engagement opportunities to researchers across the institution
  • to provide regular networking and events and highlight training opportunities related to engagement

To join the team, open Microsoft Teams and select ‘Join or create a team’. When prompted, enter the code fc84jre. An administrator will then approve your request – all are welcome!

Pepnet meetings

Pepnet meetings are regular forums/sessions for sharing best practice on all things related to engagement with research. These meetings are currently advertised and held virtually through the Engaged Research Microsoft Team (see joining details above).

The next pepnet meeting will be in the next academic year 2021-22.

PE-related training

The Engaged Research Microsoft Team is home to a comprehensive and up to date list of training opportunities (internal and external) and resources for staff.

Feel free to approach us for bespoke workshops on PE, e.g. for research away-days.

The Public Engagement with Research Awards

The Public Engagement with Research Awards aim to recognise people for excellent public engagement or patient and public involvement and engagement, and to raise awareness of innovative high-quality practice.

There are three awards, one for each stage of the research cycle: the research development stage; the research doing stage; and the research dissemination stage. Each award comes with £400 and is judged by a panel of external judges. This year our panel members are:

  • Professor Sheena Cruickshank, Academic lead for PE, University of Manchester
  • Dr Michael Eades, Head of Civic Engagement, Goldsmiths, The University of London (formerly manager for the Being Human festival)
  • Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Engagement, The Royal Institution
  • Dr Steve Scott, Public Engagement Lead, UK Research and Innovation

The award call has now closed for 2021.

All applicants are asked to attend the award ceremony on 29 September 2021, 1-2:30 pm (on campus in University House) and award winners will be announced at the ceremony

2018 winners2017 winners2016 winners

EES+ Network

The EES+ Network is the home for former Engagement Fellows and Engagement Champions. Champions are members of staff who demonstrate support for public engagement in their work roles and/or practice public engagement of a high quality.

They champion public engagement and play an active part in enhancing the spread and adoption of engagement practices in their school/institute/service.

They can act as a more local contact for a colleague who prefers to talk to someone from their school or faculty.

The network operates on a membership system and if you would like to join, contact the PE team.

PE in promotion criteria

PE and outreach activities can be used as part of the academic promotion process (either under the academic leadership, research and innovation route or student education route). See the HR pages for further information.

Introduced in 2016, 35% of all successful academic promotion applications are using the optional PE criterion. This is equally distributed across all grades (Grade 8 to 10).

Symplectic: Recording PE activity as part of your impact profile

Within Symplectic (https://publications.leeds.ac.uk) you can now also record PE activity under the professional activities tab.

This allows you to record your activity on an ongoing basis and can form a useful repository for your academic review, promotion application, and also REF case studies as the information in Symplectic feeds through to IRIS, the REF supporting software.

Please note that this system is now the University’s way to collect data to fulfil its obligation for part of the HESA-HE-BCI return.