The Concordat lays out clear expectations for research organisations, and also provides some specific prompts for managers and supporters of researchers and for individual researchers.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and the Beacons
Funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust, the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative was set up to inspire a culture change in how universities and research institutes engage with the public. It consists of:
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which co-ordinates, captures, shares and promotes learning between the Beacons, and across UK higher education institutions and research institutes.
Six Beacons: a University-based collaborative centres that help support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement work. The six Beacons are based in Newcastle and Durham, Manchester, CUE East (UEA), UCL, Wales and Edinburgh.
To coincide with the launch of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research, the National Co-ordinating Centre has launched a Manifesto for Public Engagement. By signing up to the manifesto, institutions can declare their strategic commitment to public engagement, and access additional support and guidance from the NCCPE.