Silver Watermark awarded for public engagement

View of John Anderson Campus from the north

The University has been awarded a charter mark to acknowledge its commitment to putting engagement with communities at the heart of its activities.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has launched the Engage Watermark which assesses universities support for public engagement across all aspects of their work.

Following a rigorous assessment which included a campus visit, the University has been granted the Silver Engage Watermark, which recognises the strategic support for public engagement across the organisation.

Stimulate learning

The Strathclyde team, led by Associate Principal Professor Tim Bedford and Madeleine Rooney from Research and Knowledge Exchange Services, are working to develop and accelerate the University’s public engagement plans for the future.

As a socially progressive and technological institution, Strathclyde aims to include communities that haven’t historically engaged strongly with universities and research, as well as continue to be a place of useful learning.

It is increasingly recognised that universities have a significant role to play in their local, national and global communities to stimulate learning and innovation.

The Engage Watermark offers a benchmarking opportunity for institutions to evidence their commitment and achievements.

The Silver award shows that Strathclyde has made significant progress in addressing its level of support for public engagement. Evidence and intelligence is being used drive forward an action plan, with clear success measures identified and there is a high level of commitment to further improvements.

Paul Manners, Director of the NCCPE, which is internationally recognised for its work supporting and inspiring universities to engage with the public, said: “We are delighted to be able to award the University of Strathclyde a Silver Engage Watermark.

“Engagement with the public is central to Strathclyde’s ethos and staff clearly take great pride in the University being a ‘place of useful learning’, with public engagement at the heart of their mission as a socially progressive institution.

“We were delighted to see how supportive the Principal and members of senior management are, and to see the host of opportunities for researchers to get involved, to access high quality support and training, and to get recognition for their work.

“We look forward to working closely with the University as they build on these fantastic foundations.”