Community of Practice

This section of the website aims to support the  development of the five regional Communities of Practice (CoPs)  in England and Wales and the work of the National Forum.

What is a COP and why have one?

Etienne Wenger (who devised the model) talking about it.


Why set up a CoP for outreach?
Barrie Cooper, University of Exeter
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Using outreach expertise from across the higher education sector is critical to tackling the growing workforce gap in engineering and the loss of widening participation support provided by Aimhigher says Barrie Cooper, Assistant Director of Education.

My tips on growing and evaluating communities of practice

Angie Hart, University of Brighton
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Adopting a speed-dating set up and moving away from an academic only space are some of the lessons, Academic Director of the University of Brighton’s community university partnership programme, Angie Hart has learned in creating successful Communities of Practice.

Building a broad community of practice

Jo Lilley, Wiltshire College
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Involving Further Education in the community of practice gives a much-needed perspective on why some students aren’t going to university, argues Jo Lilley, Curriculum Manager for computing and business at Wiltshire College.

Making shared expertise work in a Community of Practice

Alex Narduzzo, University of Bath
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Creating the right synergy between different partners is the key to creating a successful community of practice. Alex Narduzzo explains how.


In this section we will be seeking views and comments from the HE STEM community on items including News, features, analysis and outcomes of meetings.



What is a Community of Practice?

A community of practice (CoP) is a network of individuals with common interests or problems who get together to explore ways of working, identify comm [...]



HE STEM Third Sector website launched

AccessHE and the National HE STEM Programme launch website promoting partnership between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Third Sector Organis [...]

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