Public Engagement

About Us

Dr Helen Featherstone

Ed Stevens

Your Public Engagement team - Dr Helen Featherstone & Ed Stevens

The Public Engagement Unit, based in the Department of Marketing & Communications, was established in July 2012 following a grant from the Research Councils UK's Catalyst programme. The Unit looks to:

Facilitate high quality public engagement, embedded across the whole research lifecycle, with staff and students building mutually beneficial links between our research and the public.

The Unit builds and sustains institutional capacity for public engagement and aims to support any researcher no matter their discipline or prior experience of engagement.

We work in three areas:

1) Public Engagement in Practice

Annual opportunities for researchers to get involved in public engagement such as:

We also promote a range of external opportunities to get involved in public engagement.

2) Professional Development

To develop researchers, we:

3) Reward & Recognition

To reward and recognise engaged research taking place across the University, we:

Your Public Engagement Team

Dr Joanna Coleman, Head of Public Engagement (Mon, Tues, Thurs)

Joanna joined the University of Bath as Head of Public Engagement in July 2012. She first became interested in public engagement as a biogeochemistry PhD student, but found it frustratingly difficult as a student to find avenues of support within her university. This sparked an interest in understanding the barriers to engagement and the role of organisational culture in supporting or suppressing engaged research. Joanna very much enjoys working with researchers to help them consider what engagement and audiences would be appropriate for them and their research.

Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement (Weds - Fri)

Helen has extensive experience of public engagement through both research and practice. She brings over 14 years practical experience in creative STEM engagement alongside a PhD exploring public engagement with climate change. Her research, teaching and practice focus on the publics' experiences in direct and interactive public engagement.

Ed Stevens, Public Engagement Officer

Ed has worked at the University of Bath since May 2010. He initially managed a range of widening participation and community engagement projects across universities in the South West as part of the National HE STEM Programme, before taking on the role of Public Engagement Officer in August 2012. Prior to working at the University, Ed worked in community engagement roles across the public and third sectors. He is an active researcher interested in the role of universities in civil society and is undertaking a professional doctorate in Education.