Engage Researchers' Academy

Professional development for researchers, realising their potential for impact.

Applications for 2018-19 are now closed.

A new initiative from the NCCPE, the Engage Researchers' Academy is a year long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for delegates to reflect upon what it means to be an engaged researcher, and to explore the quality and value of engagement. It also supports participants to develop the skills and experience to work with others and improve the impact and relevance of their research.


The first Engage Researchers' Academy cohort will meet in Bristol for three two-day sessions. Academy one focuses on Engaged People, Academy two looks at Engaged Practice, while Academy three explores Engaged Quality and Value.

Each Academy session offers a stimulating mix of presentations led by leading engaged academics, research funders and policy makers; practical workshops and masterclasses; debate and discussion; opportunities to practice skills; and peer-supported learning. Mentors with expertise in public engagement with research, impact, evaluation, and community engagement are available to provide one-to-one support.




The Academy is aimed primarily at early to mid-career researchers with experience of engaging the public with their research. It aims to equip participants with understanding, skills and practical experience to enhance the impact of their engagement and to become leaders in engaged research. It is suitable for academics based at higher education institutions or research institutes in the UK. In order to attend, you must have the support of your departmental, college or faculty lead. 


The 2018-19 cohort will meet on the following dates:

5-6th June 2018

16-17th October 2018

20-21st February 2019



(Early bird places available for £795)

NB participants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation


We offer a limited number of bursaries, funded by RCUK, to support attendance at the NCCPE Engage Researchers' Academy 2018/19. Get in touch to find out more and apply. 


  • Access to the latest thinking and analysis about how to capture the value of public engagement in the context of the REF

  • Enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence to become leaders in engaged research

  • Opportunity to improve practice by experimenting with innovative tools and techniques in our Masterclasses

  • Access to mentors, a peer support group, and alumni network across a wide range of disciplines

The deadline for applications for 2018-19 was the 14th April 2018.

For further information or for any enquiries please contact heather.lusardi@uwe.ac.uk