External Engagement Networks
Scottish Public Engagement Network - ScotPEN
The MVLS Engagement team is a founding member of the Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN).
ScotPEN is an inclusive network of people involved in public engagement across various sectors in Scotland. It provides peer support, collaborative opportunities and a voice to shape and share good engagement practice. Activities include facilitating virtual conferences on the ScotPEN Facebook page.
For more information or to request to join the ScotPEN Facebook group please visit www.scotpen.org
On 19th June 2018, the MVLS Engagement Team hosted ScotPEN’s 2nd annual meeting of public engagement professionals working in higher education and research institutions. Invited speakers included the Wellcome Trust, UK Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Following this meeting the ScotPEN’s social offered members an opportunity to get-together to share ideas and make connections.
In May 2018 MVLS and the University of St Andrews co-hosted a visit from Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement at Wellcome. This well attended seminar and discussion provided ScotPEN members, university staff and community partners with an opportunity to learn about Wellcome’s strategic direction for public engagement funding. Participants identified Scottish-specific opportunities and challenges, and provided feedback to Wellcome about how ScotPEN can help address these.
Science Connects is responsible for the co-ordination and management of the STEM Ambassador Programme in the West of Scotland, inspiring young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
NCCPE Public Engagement Network
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) facilitates a Public Engagement Network (PEN) for people committed to public engagement with higher education, who want to share ideas, opportunities, experiences and problem solve together. In addition, participants can advertise events, research and news that they think will be relevant to the group and receive the NCCPE newsletter.
The PEN is facilitated through a Jiscmail list of over 1,000 subscribers, where members can post questions, comments, case studies etc.