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A community of staff in communications and public engagement related roles across the Medical Sciences Division

The Medical Sciences Division (MSD) Communication and Public Engagement (PE) Network provides an environment where members can share information and ideas, help promote each other’s work, avoid duplication, and importantly, know who else ‘exists’ out there! The network has over 150 members, most of whom are staff from across the Division working in communications and/or public engagement in one way or another (e.g. communication/PE officers, DAs/PAs with communications in their remit etc.). The network also includes a few external members from partner organisations (e.g. related-NHS, charity communications staff etc.).

To join the network, please email the Head of Communications Alison Brindle.

Information for network members

Termly MSD Communications and Public Engagement Network Meetings

Two-hour meetings, managed by the Divisional Communications and PE team. The structure of these sessions will vary, but may include workshops, training sessions, invited speakers, focused discussions etc. 

All network members (anyone in MSD with an interest in or connection to public engagement and/or communications) are welcome!

Mailing list

Please use the mailing list to ask questions, share information, make announcements etc. Emails posted to the forum will be captured, and archived (the list has an archive feature, only accessible to list members, so if in the future you have a particular query, or a new members joins the network, they can search the archive directly).

Central University Communications and Public Engagement Networks

The Public Affairs Directorate (PAD) also manage a Communications Community Network, which is a great place to make contact with others working in communications across the collegiate University and share knowledge, ideas and resources. Additionally, the University publishes a Public Engagement with Research (PER) digest (email to receive the digest). The digest is intended for staff within the University for which public engagement is a key part of their role, to provide updates on Oxford PER news; highlight external opportunities that they may wish to flag up to specific researchers and events that may be of interest to PER practitioners.

The Public Engagement Facilitator Network (PEFN) is a University-wide network, which creates opportunities for networking, shared learning and best practice in all things Public Engagement with Research. The aim of the network is to provide peer support and create a community comprised of professional services staff at the University of Oxford who actively support, facilitate and/ or lead Public Engagement with Research as part of their role. Email if you are a professional services staff member fitting this description at Oxford and wish to be added to the network.