Our engagement strategy

Setting the engagement strategy

The Engaged University strategy outlines our aims for deep, ongoing and high quality engagement between the University and its partners, stakeholders and publics. Rather than focus solely on public engagement, as with previous versions, the current strategy takes a holistic view of engagement - considering the ways in which engagement beyond academia enriches our work. Download the Engaged University strategy (PDF, 333kB) here.  
The Engaged University Steering Group (EUSG) oversees the engagement strategy at the University. Chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, it brings together the different strands of engagement and ensures we live up to our aim of being an Engaged University. It reports to Research Committee and Education Committee and UPARC and, through these, to Senate, the principal academic body of the University. 

EUSG documentation

EUSG actions

Since the Engaged University strategy was redeveloped in 2014, EUSG has worked on, commissioned or supported a number of activities to embed engagement within the University, with the following outcomes:

  • Engagement and impact are now included in teaching and research within academic role profiles, and have been included in criteria for promotion and progression at all levels in all three pathways
  • Accompanying guidance has been developed for applicants and assessors on how to determine excellence in engagement and impact in promotion/progression
  • A number of guides for partnership working have been developed and published
  • Guidance for the establishment of advisory boards containing external members has been developed
  • The value of the Engagement Awards has been increased to ensure parity with the Impact Awards

EUSG has also provided advice and recommendations, and acted as champions for engagement in a number of areas including:

  • The consultation on the development of the new University strategy, with a focus on the aspects that involve engagement and partnership working
  • A consideration of barriers to engagement that may affect equality and diversity, to be reported to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group
  • Activities being carried out by the Public and Ceremonial Events team, with the aim of focusing their priorities
  • Beacon House, in particular how spaces within it could be used more effectively for engagement
  • Issues around freedom of speech, including how they are covered by the University's insurance policy
  • Membership schemes, including the Careers Service's Employers Extra scheme
  • The Bristol Innovation Programmes and in particular how they relate to partnership working
  • The Strategic Alliances framework
  • The consultation on marketing and communications activity within the University

Finally, EUSG assesses the applications for the annual Engagement Awards.

If you would like EUSG to discuss a particular issue or aspect of engagement, please contact the secretariat: cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk.