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Engagement

"For Newcastle University, engagement refers to the many ways in which we interact with wider society. Engagement is not a 'third strand': rather, engagement is a critical approach to how we do our teaching and research activities.“ - Newcastle University's Engagement Strategy

Public engagement brings research and higher education institutions together with the public. It generates mutual benefit - with all parties learning from each other through sharing knowledge, expertise and skills. Done well, it builds trust, understanding and collaboration, and increases the institution's relevance to, and impact on, civil society.

In the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape engagement is a core value of our disciplines. We are exploring the relationship between people, spaces and places and creating arenas for human flourishing. This depends on an understanding of people and contemporary society. Much of our teaching is directed toward developing professionals who can contribute to making places and buildings that enrich the quality of our society. The practice and academic strands are strongly intertwined with many colleagues researching how our disciplines develop effective ways of communicating with multiple publics in their pursuit of physical and built expressions of the good life.

The Design Office (do) is based in the School and provides design and consultancy services to a range of clients from individuals to organisations and corporations, focusing on research-led practice and practice-led research.

In accordance with the University’s aim to deliver ‘excellence with impact’ much of the School’s output has societal relevance and engagement activity in the School is resourced and supported where relevant by an Engagement Committee, which exists to promote, facilitate and record the many and varied activities of our staff and students.

Engagement Committee

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’s commitment to nurturing and supporting engagement activity has led us to set up an Engagement Committee, headed by the Director of Engagement and supported by the Events and Engagement Manager.

Membership

Membership is open and fluid, staff are invited to attend to discuss specific ideas, hear more about colleagues’ work, or just to find out more about engagement. From time to time, staff from across the University are invited to ensure that we are working in harmony with other departments and to get specialist advice about topics such as funding opportunities and ways of engaging with different groups.

Funding

The Committee funds small scale projects which may be related to teaching and research but cannot secure funding from other sources. Academic staff are encouraged to apply through the Engagement Fund, overseen and approved by the Engagement Committee.

To contact us about engagement activity please email anne.fry@ncl.ac.uk.