Welcome to our Community Advisory Panel Wiki!

This wiki is intended to be a virtual meeting place for colleagues who wish to form a community of practice for those involved in our Community Advisory Panel. Your suggestions for ways in which we can make the wiki user friendly and informative will be very welcome! Please add your name to the members page.

If you have any questions about this wiki please contact Ben Sedman b.sedman@mmu.ac.uk

If you have a particular area of interest or expertise it will be really helpful if you could create a page with any presentations, links or handouts that you have to support and inform others. Colleagues can then have discussions regarding these ideas on those pages.

Just click on the New Page link on the left of this screen and then use the 'edit' tab.

Our Role

MMU along with the University of Manchester, Salford University, Manchester: Knowledge Capital and MOSI was a partner in the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement. The Beacons were an RCUK, HEFCE, Wellcome Trust-funded initiative which aimed to bring about a cultural change in the way in which universities support, recognise and build capacity for engagement with the public and the wider community.

Community Audit and Evaluation Centre (CAEC) recently received funding for a small-scale project which aims to raise the profile of the spectrum of existing public engagement across the Institute of Education at MMU and to create a mechanism through which ongoing dialogue and knowledge exchange with external community stakeholders and champions can influence and inform the direction of the Faculty in relation to community engagement.

We have implemented a Faculty-based network: ‘The Community Advisory Panel’ which includes relevant Institute of Education staff and external ‘Community Associates’. The Community Advisory Panel acts as a visible, two-way forum that works in partnership with the Community Audit and Evaluation Centre based in the Institute of Education to debate, identify and articulate the needs and interests of a range of communities with a view to:

- - Informing and influencing Faculty policy and practice by raising awareness of existing public engagement throughout the Faculty and beyond.

- - Opening up the knowledge and resources of the Institute of Education to a network of community associates.

- - Developing mutually supportive dialogue particularly in terms of what organisations need from HEIs and what HEIs can offer.

- - Becoming a fundamental place of reciprocal engagement between the University and the public.

For further infomation please contact Katherine Roycroft k.roycroft@mmu.ac.uk