MANCHESTER BEACON Connecting people, place and knowledge Dr Erinma Ochu @mcrbeacon @erinmaochu
UK-WIDE INITIATIVE FOR UNIVERSITIES TO INSPIRE A CULTURE CHANGE TO ENGAGE WITH THE PUBLIC
 
 
Evaluation Group Communication Group Recognition Group  Operation Group Staff and External Networks Funders  Group
Bringing Values to life connecting people, place & knowledge to make a difference
1. Behaviour change 2. Increasing PE levels 3. Partnership working MANCHESTER BEACON Connecting people, place and knowledge
Project cycle (s) <ul><li>Identify problems/needs </li></ul><ul><li>Establish values for new partnership mission </li></ul...
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>Challenge Perceptions:  we can work together </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Learning Partnerships:  keep it fun  </li>...
Learning points connecting people, place & knowledge <ul><li>Innovative approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening and ident...
Future Priorities <ul><li>Sustain momentum beyond beacon initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition and support </li></ul><u...
Get involved! www.manchesterbeacon.org  and @mcrbeacon
Thanks for listening... Erinma Ochu [email_address]
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Manchester Beacon is part of a UK-wide initiative to inspire a culture change in Universities to engage with the public. The presentation outlines our values, creative approaches, learning and higlights some contributions to our local community and invites people to get involved.

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  • Session Aims Understanding of Beacon Culture Change Agenda Understanding of Manchester approach &amp; projects Indication of the benefits and impact Insight into the future for engagement My background Neuroscientist, Science Communication fellow (NESTA), filmmaker, arts programme, change agent Follow interests, stay connected, make a difference
  • Objective 1: PE Encouraged, Valued and Supported Objective 2: Change perceptions and improve accessibility Objective 3: Relevance of universities and connectivity with communities Objective 4: Improve opportunities for sustainable learning Objective 5: Deeper partnership working
  • Role of the university
  • The Team &amp; governance
  • the importance of leadership. And by this I don’t mean – the importance of having a Vice-Chancellor or a senior manager who is behind this agenda – although this is obviously very important. I mean the importance of people that are involved in public engagement activity recognising that they themselves are leaders. The Manchester Beacon is leading change, it is a cultural change project so each and every one of the researchers who get champion and get involved in the agenda needs to be aware of their leadership role. Strong Leadership Shared visioning to create shared value and identify priorities Staff involvement to raise awareness, ownership and endorsement Encourage &amp; support leadership at all levels Celebrate &amp; communicate success A form of reward and recognition that can demonstrate the benefits and show the institution values PE Peer recognition through networks Drivers External drivers can make a difference – e.g. funders, injustice Intrinsic motivation (values, passion) Small amounts of money can stimulate big changes
  • Essentially we have three priorities and five objectives. Priority A: 1. PE is encouraged, valued and supported 2. Change perceptions of universities (and communities) and improve accessibility. Priority 2: 3. Increase the relevance of universities and connectivity with communities 4. Improve the opportunities for sustainable two-way learning. Priority C. 5. Develop deeper partnership working across the beacon partners and with the community
  • Build Capacity
  • Involve the public
  • Help the community to creatively tackle the problems that matter to the community – they will find the relevance to science, arts etc
  • Provide mutual benefit - skills
  • Challenging Perceptions Creative Learning Partnerships Opportunities and Benefits Engaging new audiences
  • Feel free to sign up to the beacon website or browse the showcases and resources/ add your own.
  • Manchester Beacon

    1. 1. MANCHESTER BEACON Connecting people, place and knowledge Dr Erinma Ochu @mcrbeacon @erinmaochu
    2. 2. UK-WIDE INITIATIVE FOR UNIVERSITIES TO INSPIRE A CULTURE CHANGE TO ENGAGE WITH THE PUBLIC
    3. 5. Evaluation Group Communication Group Recognition Group Operation Group Staff and External Networks Funders Group
    4. 6. Bringing Values to life connecting people, place & knowledge to make a difference
    5. 7. 1. Behaviour change 2. Increasing PE levels 3. Partnership working MANCHESTER BEACON Connecting people, place and knowledge
    6. 8. Project cycle (s) <ul><li>Identify problems/needs </li></ul><ul><li>Establish values for new partnership mission </li></ul>2. Pilot partnership solutions 3. Reflect on & evaluate journey & impact 4. Inform policy through KE & skills exchange & celebration
    7. 13. <ul><li>Challenge Perceptions: we can work together </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Learning Partnerships: keep it fun </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities and Benefits: mutual benefits for all </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging new audiences: keep reaching out </li></ul><ul><li>www.manchesterbeacon.org/ourlearning </li></ul>Our learning:
    8. 14. Learning points connecting people, place & knowledge <ul><li>Innovative approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening and identifying needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-creation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building across strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High Strategic Added Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalytic role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maximising assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2-way engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building connectivity and capacity </li></ul></ul>To what extent has the Beacon catalysed other/further activity?
    9. 15. Future Priorities <ul><li>Sustain momentum beyond beacon initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition and support </li></ul><ul><li>Making and communicating the difference </li></ul><ul><li>Extending partnerships and collaboration </li></ul>
    10. 16. Get involved! www.manchesterbeacon.org and @mcrbeacon
    11. 17. Thanks for listening... Erinma Ochu [email_address]

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