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Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF): Public engagement funding scheme calls

The University has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from Wellcome.

As well as supporting research, this fund supports the University’s strategic goal for Social Responsibility, which includes objectives for Public Engagement (PE) and Civic Engagement.

Our social responsibility activities capture our unique Manchester spirit, motivating communities to research, teach and share their ideas and students to study with us. We have been ranked as the top UK University for our social and environmental impact for two years running (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings).

To support our commitment to social impact, the ISSF Public Engagement (PE) Schemes aim to support and encourage staff and postgraduate students to connect, share and involve the public in our work.

There are two schemes which are open to University Staff, Post-Docs, Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) from every faculty:

  • Skill Sharing Programme
  • Professional Development Fund


Skill Sharing Programme:

Following on from the online masterclasses on engaging audiences digitally we held in 2020-2021, we are launching an extended series of online sessions.

From March 2022 to February 2023, we are hosting a programme of online sessions aimed at giving practical insight into public engagement, offering an external perspective on the field, sharing case studies and best practice.

This programme is primarily aimed UoM Staff, Post-Docs, Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) and Public Contributors with little to no experience in PE but are also open to people with different skills levels in the area.

All sessions are free to attend, will be captioned and BSL interpreted. Where possible we’ll publish the video recording or additional resources.

Find the full list of sessions and how to get a ticket on the Engagement @ Manchester website here.


Professional Development Fund:

If you want to develop your or your team’s skills in public engagement, you can apply to the Professional Development Fund.

  • If you’re applying for yourself, you can apply for up to £2000 to cover all expenses related to taking part in your professional development.
  • If you’re applying on behalf of a department/team, you can apply for up to £3000 to cover all expenses related to the development opportunity. 


Please note that awards must be spent by March 2023.

Find more about the requirements for the fund, deadlines and how to apply on the Engagement @ Manchester website.