Join us to explore how the UK higher education system is implementing profound changes in how universities connect their research and teaching with wider society. This one day symposium is aimed at university managers and leaders; policy makers and funders; and at engagement specialists and brokers working to develop more effective engagement and knowledge exchange strategies in the higher education sector. It will provide an opportunity to explore the UK story in depth, and for delegates to share their own experiences of the topic.
Plenary sessions will set the policy and strategic context, with presentations from key architects of the new arrangements: why is societal engagement an increasing priority? How is this being reflected in new approaches to assessment and funding, in the training and development of researchers and in new thinking about responsible innovation and co-production?
Delegates will then be able to explore in depth how these changes are impacting on practice through four parallel streams where leading exponents share their practice and the lessons learned:
• Culture change: how and why universities are building new research cultures that embrace external engagement
• Research engagement and co-production: new approaches to building powerful knowledge with communities outside the university, and to assessing the impact of that work
• Responsible research and innovation: building ethical and social considerations into the formulation of research and innovation policy
• Student engagement and activism: how are students being supported to develop skills of citizenship, and community leadership, and being prepared for an increasingly complex and changing world beyond the university?