There are lots of ways you can get involved with public engagement in the Faculty of Health and Life sciences. This includes opportunities organised by the Faculty or your Institute and events coordinated by external organisations. You can also develop your own activity or event.
This page details up-coming opportunities to engage, and if you would like help getting involved or support developing your own event contact Laura Winters, Faculty Public Engagement Officer. We also want to hear about your public engagement work, so do get in touch to let us know about up-coming events or things you’ve been involved with, or tweet about your event to
We can also advertise your event on our Events for the Public Page and if you would like to do this, please send the details through to Laura Winters.
Include public engagement in your research grant application
When applying for a grant, the majority of research funders in the UK (including the Wellcome Trust and the Research Councils), will now ask applicants to explain what public engagement they will be doing alongside their research, and you can request funding to support this. For example, the Wellcome Trust encourage “researchers to involve the public in dialogue and debate about their work for the duration of their grant and throughout their careers.”
This shows the importance the funders put on public engagement, and gives you a great opportunity to share your research with the public.
You can engage the public at all stages of the research process, including involving them with the grant application itself e.g. through helping to shape the direction of the research, or giving feedback on the lay summary. How you engage the public depends on what you want to achieve through the engagement, your target audience and your research project but resources to help you start thinking about what type of public engagement might be best, can be found on our Resources and Toolkits page. You could also engage the public with your research by contributing to one of the activities listed on this page.