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      Mind the gap: Can a professional development programme build a university’s public engagement community?

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          A number of ‘gaps’ may be present within public engagement with research – disparity of skills, priorities and knowledge between research staff and engagement practitioners, as well as differences between institutional ambition and departmental reality. Such gaps are often perceived as problems – deficits to be addressed through training and culture change initiatives. The design and delivery of Imperial College London’s Engagement Academy with 12 members of research, teaching and professional services staff sought to explore and work across such gaps. We propose that these areas of disconnect within and across universities may be challenging, but they may also be structurally necessary, and potentially even a source of rich public engagement.

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                rfa
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                Research for All
                RFA
                UCL Press (UK )
                2399-8121
                22 September 2020
                : 4
                : 2
                : 291-309
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                Imperial College London, UK
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                Corresponding author: Email: a.seakins@ 123456imperial.ac.uk
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                10.14324/RFA.04.2.11
                Copyright © 2020 Seakins and Fitzsimmons

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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