University of Bath

How the Public Engagement Unit can support you

We help University staff and doctoral students engage non-academics with research. We provide funding, opportunities, training and recognition for engagement.

How we work

We work with staff and students to support excellent public engagement with research which is of mutual benefit to academics and non-academics alike. We seek to listen to and engage with diverse groups in society, particularly those whose voices are heard less often. The support we provide involves active listening, constructive feedback and sourcing of appropriate solutions, where necessary.

How we can help you

Funding for public engagement

We provide over £25,000 in grants each year through a variety of internal funding calls. Find out more about our internal funding opportunities.

Read case studies of some of the projects we have funded in the past.

We can also help you find external funding for public engagement. Find out about the latest external funding opportunities.

Keep up-to-date with all our latest funding news by signing up to our Public Engagement Network.


We advertise a range of public engagement activities arranged both internally and externally. Find out about the latest engagement opportunities.


We run our own public engagement workshops through the DoctoralSkills programme and the Academic Staff Development programme.

We bring in external experts each year to provide specialist engagement training and were part of a team that produced an Engaged Teaching Hub that provides case studies and advice on engagement activities within teaching.

We also:

  • develop bespoke talks and training courses for departments and research groups
  • offer one-to-one advice to researchers on engagement and impact-related activities
  • provide advice on Pathways to Impact statements and other engagement aspects of funding proposals

Contact us at if you want to discuss training opportunities for yourself or your department.

Reward and recognition

We can help ensure that your public engagement work is recognised and rewarded. Our annual Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement with Research are open to both staff and doctoral students.

We share public engagement experiences through our Public Engagement Network, case studies and blog.

We also support researchers who are looking to use their public engagement work as evidence in probation and promotion processes.


We can help you build networks with other engaged researchers, professional service members of staff and external organisations. Our Start-Up Fund provides small grants for researchers looking to engage new publics with their research.

We have links with researchers across the University and beyond and with many local organisations, including:

  • 44AD
  • Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution
  • Bath Volunteer Centre
  • Creativity Works
  • Fringe Arts Bath
  • Gallomanor
  • Graphic Science
  • Quartet Community Foundation
  • South West Foundation
  • Wansdyke Play Association
  • We the Curious


We have collated links to a variety of external resources - guides, toolkits, academic readings and videos - to help you develop your engagement and impact activities.

Further engagement support

There are other teams across the University providing specialist support to engage with specific publics: