The PER team is linked to a network of other higher education institutions in the region and nationally, through our work connected to the RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund (UKRI) and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF). We stay in touch with different teams regularly to maintain the friendships we’ve built over the years and to continue to collectively share best practice as a professional sector. We typically meet two or three times a year as part of a Midlands Public Engagement Network (Midlands PEN) and meetings tend to rotate to different cities within the Midlands region. The meetings are especially useful if you work within professional services or consider public engagement to be a core part of your job responsibility, but academics are also very welcome to come if keen and we often have academics join us. If you are interested in coming along to the next one, let us know!