Our Strategy

We define public engagement in line with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s definition:

“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.” 

Our Vision

Our vision is to embed meaningful and valued public engagement into the Centre’s research

Our Mission

Our mission is to show the impact and value public engagement can have within the Centre’s research as a tool for maximising research success.  

Our Aims

Our Centre has three core aims:

  1. Foster a culture where public engagement is valued by all Centre staff, producing world leading researchers with the experience and drive to readily engage with diverse communities.
  2. Build a network of community partnerships focused on supporting and engaging people with neurological and psychiatric conditions.
  3. Develop effective tools to reach groups not currently engaged through traditional methods.

Our Objectives

Our Objectives are broken down into each of our core aims for public engagement. They are centered on establishing a cultural change within the Centre that embeds meaningful contribution from those with neurological and psychiatric conditions into our research process.

Aim 1: Foster a culture where public engagement is valued by all staff, producing world leading researchers with the experience and drive to readily engage with diverse communities.

Objective 1: Enable staff and students to strategically engage with target audiences

Our goals within this are: 

  1. Embed our competitive grant scheme aimed at developing public engagement practice in our researchers from participation to leading engagement projects.
  2. Refine our tailored training and support to build researchers’ skills and experience in engagement.
  3. Foster the long-term culture of engaged researchers by reformatting existing good practice in training and resources and making them accessible through our website. 

Objective 2: Further embed our approach to engagement and involvement throughout the Centre, developing best practice and communicating our work to external networks 

Our goals within this are: 

  1. Develop case studies highlighting the project design, impact and lessons learned from our projects.
  2. Share projects within internal communication platforms both at departmental and UCL level.
  3. Promote the Centre’s work within external networks such as conferences, network meetings and publications.
  4. Build stronger relationships with known public engagement influencers such as NCCPE, Wellcome and UKRI.

Aim 2: Develop our network of community partnerships focused on supporting and engaging people with neurological and psychiatric conditions 

Objective 1: Build relationships with key community groups and charities supporting people with neurological and psychiatric conditions 

Our goals within this are: 

  1. Embed existing relationships, ensuring strong collaboration and actively seek opportunities to work with them.
  2. Actively seek networking opportunities with community groups in areas such as mental health, neurological disease and injury. 
  3. Establish external funding to support open-ended conversations between researchers and potential community partners.
  4. Apply the latest co-production techniques and research to foster respectful and valued relationships with community groups

Aim 3: Develop effective tools to reach groups not currently engaged through traditional methods

Objective 1: Challenge traditional methods of engagement through the Centre’s major projects 

Our goals within this are: 

  1. Expand the PE team’s knowledge beyond the academic engagement sector.
  2. Build relationships with key groups driving change.
  3. Challenge our own way of thinking and give both the PE team and researchers permission to fail  

 Objective 2: Share our learning in accessible and engaging ways  

Our goals within this are:

  1. Build an engaging website for the wider PE community that becomes a platform for sharing our work.
  2. Refine templates and procedures for project working and write up.
  3. Seek opportunities to share learning both internally and externally.
  4. Develop accessible guidelines for ensuring a high standard of communication for engagement work. 

 Objective 3: Foster a culture of learning and development 

Our goals within this are: 

  1. Increase staff uptake on training and development opportunities, including within the PE team.
  2. Enable researchers to be innovative and explore new ideas through our grant scheme and PE team support.
  3. Lead by example in diversity and inclusion by building the PE teams knowledge and skills to foster good engagement practice with underserved audiences 

Target Audiences

Our target audiences for public engagement are:

  • People with neurological and psychiatric conditions
  • Community groups and charities supporting people with neurological and psychiatric conditions and/or those traditionally underserved in neuroscience