The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is running an Engaged Futures consultation. Alongside, and partly in coordination with this consultation, the NCCPE have launched a blog (NCCPE's blog).
The NCCPE team invited various stakeholders to contribute a post to the new blog as part of the Engaged Futures consultation. Authors were asked to imagine a future for some aspect of engaged research.
My contribution was based on an imagined future for postgraduate research and it titled 'An engaging thesis'. The NCCPE team are keen to start a discussion around these articles, which will grow in number in the coming weeks, so feel free to comment, circulate, etc.
Richard is the University's Champion for Public Engagement with Research. He is both the academic lead and a co-investigator on the Catalyst project. He has overall operational responsibility for co-ordinating and leading all aspects of this action research project, and helping to shape strategic objectives for OU public engagement with research.
As the university's champion, Richard is based on secondment in the Research Scholarship and Quality Unit. Alongside his role in co-ordinating and leading the research phases of the project, he is also responsible for connecting the work of the Catalyst project with the university's decision-making forums and senior managers, including the Faculty Deans and Associate Deans for Research, and Research Centre Directors.
Champion’s blog; star date 2013.07.17. This is the blog of the OU's RCUK-funded Catalyst, 'An open research university'. But our mission isn’t to boldly go. Rather, our three-year mission is to embed the principles, values and reflective practices of public engagement within the research culture of Open University researchers. This requires all OU researchers to think more strategically about how we plan our research.
This requires us to think (yet again, I know) about culture change...
"If you're the University's Champion for Public Engagement with Research can you tell me how many people it takes to change a university's research culture?"
I guess the obvious answer is, "I don’t know at the moment, but I do know that those involved really have to want to change."