What is ‘Engagement'?
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement defines engagement this way: "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."
What do we do?
In the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) at UEA, we are involved in a wide range of public and community engagement activities with the aim of communicating our research to a wider and non-academic audience. Click here to see some recent examples of our activities.
We regularly give public talks or run workshops for primary and secondary schools; we write for popular newspapers and magazines and appear on radio and television; we organise events together with many museums or institutions or in conjunction with various holidays or celebrations (such as Holocaust Memorial Day, LGBT History Month, and Banned Books Week).
We offer a series of café conversations, informal free afternoon talks in a city centre café which anyone is welcome to attend.
If you'd like to find out more about our public and community engagement or discuss ways of working together please contact LDC's engagement director, Dr B.J. Epstein, at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact individual members of staff
Community University Engagement Team
UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team, Julie Bounford and Ruth Selwyn-Crome, who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact. Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders. You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website