About Public Engagement
The University is keen to foster a culture of engaging non-academic audiences with research.
Public Engagement is about involving non-academic audiences in the design, conduct and dissemination of research, ideally generating mutual benefit for the public and researchers and ultimately enhancing the quality or impact of research. There are lots of different ways that this engagement can take place, from giving a talk at a science festival, to online consultations or citizen science – using the power of the crowd to source and/or analyse large data sets.
Curiosity Carnival images courtesy of Ian Wallman
There is an obvious need for universities to be transparent and share the fruits of research to ensure ongoing societal support for investment in research, and the need to engage the public in conversations about the big issues of our time has never been more pressing. Most funders support this view, asking about the impact of the research as part of the application process. On these pages you can find further information about Public Engagement with Research, and access resources to support your own activities:
- The Medical Sciences Division’s Researchers’ Toolkit offers information on training, funding, and opportunities for Public Engagement with Research across the Division.
- The University’s Public Engagement with Research Portal offers an overview of Public Engagement activity across the University, and a range of resources to support staff.
- Examples of Public Engagement with Research Projects across the Division provide information about previously funding PER projects, and inspiration for your own activity,
Keen to get started? Contact your departmental lead on Public Engagement, or the Divisional Public Engagement Coordinator Naomi Gibson.