The University's Public Engagement with Research Strategic Plan was launched by Professor Sarah Whatmore, University Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research, and Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, on 12 December 2016.
The Plan frames an ambitious vision for Public Engagement with Research at Oxford: Oxford’s vision is to embed high-quality and innovative public engagement as an integral part of research culture and practice, enhancing its position as a world-leading research institution. A key focus of the Plan is to equip academics and researchers across the institution to develop and deliver high-quality Public Engagement with Research activities and to foster a culture in which they are recognised for their accomplishments. This will be achieved by:
- building this activity into the planning and resourcing of new research projects;
- facilitating opportunities for collaboration, in particular between researchers and the University’s museums, gardens, libraries and collections;
- providing researchers with support and training and
- publicising and celebrating examples of best practice both within the University and externally.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Sarah Whatmore, University Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research said: “We were able to build on a strong constituency of practitioners and enthusiasts at Oxford to develop this Public Engagement with Research Strategy, which provides a more systematic approach to enable newcomers to this agenda to participate, but also supports those who are long experienced in public engagement to do their work even more effectively and with greater impact.”