The NCCPE's mission is to support universities to increase the quanitity and quality of their public engagement activity. NCCPE's three strategic aims are:
To inspire a shift in culture by supporting universities in bringing about strategic change that embeds public engagement and by identifying, developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice;
To increase capacity for public engagement by brokering and encouraging the sharing of effective practice and by capturing learning from the beacons and beyond and sharing it widely;
To build effective partnerships to encourage partners to embed public engagement in their work by informing, influencing and interpreting policy and by raising the status of public engagement.
Paul Manners, Director, and Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director, of the NCCPE regularly connect and collaborate with Community-Based Research Canada. Currently, the NCCPE and CBRC are working together on the Engaged Practice Learning Exchange (EPLE), an international network for those developing practices and programming around community-campus engagement (CCE). EPLE offers space for CCE practitioners to stimulate innovation in what they do through workshops at international conferences and by providing a supportive online discussion space.
Although NCCPE's work is focused throughout the UK and Ireland, they also see the mutual benefit in connecting to other global higher education networks, research, program and policy initiatives via groups such as Community-Based Research Canada, the Global University Network for Innovation, and the Living Knowledge Network. NCCPE is renowned globally for their capacity building and network development to help universities engage with the public.