Our funders

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is funded by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and Wellcome.

Higher Education Funding Council for England

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public. This includes monitoring that universities and colleges are financially healthy, that their courses are good quality, and that everyone with the potential to enter higher education has a fair chance to do so.

Through their knowledge exchange strategy, HEFCE is committed to enhancing the contribution higher education makes to the economy and society.

Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. The seven UK Research Councils are:

RCUK’s Public Engagement with Research team provides a gateway to the public engagement activities of the Research Councils, manages cross-council programmes and complements the individual work within each Council.


Wellcome is the largest charity in the UK. It funds innovative biomedical research and the medical humanities in the UK, and internationally spends around £650 million each year to support the brightest scientists with the best ideas. Their breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.

Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland

The Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) supports learning and skills, to promote economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training.

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is funded by the Welsh Government to distribute funding for higher education in Wales. It works to develop and sustain internationally excellent higher education in Wales, for the benefit of individuals, society and the economy, in Wales and more widely.

Scottish Funding Council

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 25 colleges and 19 universities and higher education institutions.

Arts Council England

The NCCPE's Museum-University Partnership Initiative is funded by Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund. Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives, supporting activities across the arts, museums and libraries.