CUE East and the University of East Anglia: a story of change
By Julie Worrall
The role of Community University Engagement East (CUE East) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is to provide an environment where public engagement with research and teaching is encouraged, supported and facilitated. Our CUE East Case Study publications tell you about some of the wide range of engagement activities that we have supported and how they have helped to change the culture of the University. CUE East is funded by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.
Three and a half years into our four year pilot project, it was time to start reflecting on our overall impact. Our original task, given to us by the Beacon Funders, was to create a culture in higher education where public engagement is “formalised, and embedded as a valued and recognised activity” for staff and students. Have we made any difference to the way that University of East Anglia (UEA) staff and students engage with local communities? Do people, inside and outside UEA, understand what we mean by community engagement? It’s a term used in a wide variety of contexts. In our “Story of change” publication, you will find an account of how it’s gone so far.
Public Engagement Continuing Professional Development:
CUE East have established a programme of Continuing Professional Development at UEA, focusing on public engagement. Staff, students and community partners have been offered opportunities to develop, expand and apply public engagement understanding, skills and knowledge in a wide variety of contexts. This case study identifies and discusses the background to the programme, key events, progress, outcomes and impact, and future plans.
Public Engagement with Research
Identifies and discusses the background to the programme, aims and objectives, a ‘typology’ of public & community engagement, process, activity, outcomes and impact. The case study is informed by contributions from engagement practitioners and their ‘community partners’ and by a number of funded project evaluations.
Public Engagement with Teaching
This case study publication focuses on the experience of five engagement practitioners at UEA who were interviewed by CUE East. The vignettes are framed by the background to the Beacon programme, aims and objectives, a ‘typology’ of public and community engagement, overall outcomes and impact, the future and a conclusion.
Public Engagement Evaluate, Reflect and Learn
Key findings from evaluations of projects funded by the CUE East Beacon from the University of East Anglia. Useful for anyone planning community-university engagement activities.
About the guest blogger:
Julie Worrall FRSA, Project Director, CUE East UEA
Julie joined UEA in 2005, after 19 years in the Public and Voluntary & Community Sectors and has extensive management and partnership experience in homelessness, social policy and criminal justice. Her voluntary work has included the Samaritans, Cambridge Women’s Aid, Norwich Leeway and NORCAS. She is a trustee of ARVAC, the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector. In 2005, Julie instigated and now coordinates UEA’s Annual Community Engagement Survey. In 2007 she co-authored UEA’s successful bid to become a Beacon for Public Engagement (CUE East) and has managed CUE East since January 2008. Julie is also currently researching a doctorate on the culture of higher education in relation to public and community engagement, ‘The academy and community: seeking authentic voices inside higher education’.
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