Beltane Public Engagement Network

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Beltane Public Engagement Network?

A. Beltane is, as of December 2017, an agreement by the four universities in Edinburgh to coordinate their approaches to public engagement with research. By being joined-up, the four universities can share best practice and opportunities. Having a recognisable point of contact also makes it easier for other organisations to work with Edinburgh’s universities – and to do so without seeming to favour one over the other.

As of December 2017, the Beltane Network does not have dedicated staff to coordinate it. This reflects the fact that partnership between Edinburgh’s universities is now well-established, and that some of the partner universities now have their own dedicated public engagement staff.

Q. Do you have anything to do with the Fire Festival on Calton Hill?

A. No.  We are named after the spring festival, when different communities would come together and matchmaking would take place. The Beltane Public Engagement Network is a partnership based on existing collaborations in public engagement (PE) activities amongst its members. Also ‘Beltane’ is a Gaelic word for beacon. The Beltane Public Engagement Network started out as one of six UK Beacons for Public Engagement funded by the Research Councils UK, The Funding Councils and the Wellcome Trust.


Q. Am I part of the Network?

A. The Beltane Public Engagement Network is not a members club. If you are a member of staff or a student at a university in Edinburgh, you are automatically a part of the Network. We would love to see you at Beltane-branded networking events, training courses and being part of our big public engagement initiatives.

If you are someone who is keen to work with one of the universities in Edinburgh, please contact us! Some or the organisations and individuals we work with regularly are given on this page.

Contact Us

The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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The Beltane team is delighted to be partnering with the Royal Society, London on a Public Engagement Networking event here in Edinburgh. Meet organisations who can provide you with opportunities to share your research. Wed 24th Oct, 6-8pm

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