Public Engagement

Engaged Activities

Since 2013, the Public Engagement Unit has funded engaged research projects totalling over £50,000. The funding has provided researchers and members of the local community with the opportunity to trial new, or enhance existing, engaged research opportunities.

As projects conclude, case studies capturing experiences and learning are added to these pages. Across 2016/2017, 10 small-scale public engagement projects were funded and brief blogs about these projects are available.

You can search through the case studies dependent on the broad purpose driving the activity. When researchers engage, it's usually with one of the below three purposes in mind:

  1. To transmit knowledge to others - to inspire, inform, change, educate, build capacity and involvement or influence decisions of the public
  2. To receive knowledge from others - to use the views, skills, experiences, knowledge of the public to inspire, inform, change, educate or build capacity or decisions
  3. To collaborate with others - to consider, create or decide something together with the public  

Some projects span more than one purpose in which case they appear under several of the below tabs: 

Art of the Brain: A sci-art collaboration between researchers in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Stephen Magrath, a local community artist.

Connect!: A day-long event bringing together researchers and public stakeholders with a collective interest in various aspects of children's and young people's wellbeing to share knowledge and experiences in this field.

Costing Research for Industry: An interactive workshop to secure industrial buy-in for new engineering-related research.

Engaging Older People: A short workshop as an 'in' to discussing sensitive research issues with older people.

Stakeholder Panels: Establishing and running two stakeholder panels of smokers and drinkers to gather their thoughts on relevant research-related issues and to inform plans for future research.

Bilingual Children: A range of workshops to share research on bilingualism in children with both parents and the Scottish government and in doing so, learning more about their experiences.

Science Club: An after-school science club for primary school children overseen by postgraduate researchers.

Parental Engagement: Development and trialling of a toolkit to support schools to engage parents with children's learning.

Online Engagement: Trialling of an online engagement platform - Vizzata - to engage people in research.

Waiting Room Art Exhibit: An interactive public art exhibition inspired by research from across the departments of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Psychology and Health.

Promoting body confidence: Co-created workshops with Year 8 girls to discuss their views on body confidence.

Co-creating a support tool: A series of focus groups to inform and develop a support leaflet for friends of those that self-harm.

Connect!: A day-long event bringing together researchers and public stakeholders with a collective interest in various aspects of children's and young people's wellbeing to share knowledge and experiences in this field.

Creating NRG: A day-long event to build potential for research collaborations with industry partners for a new Research Group.

Engaging Older People: A short workshop as an 'in' to discussing sensitive research issues with older people.

Engaging those with ADHD: Informing plans for a multidisciplinary research project on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and risk aversion through listening to the experiences of those with the condition and the charities that provide ADHD support.

Behaviours4Collaboration: A half-day stakeholder engagement event aimed at soliciting feedback from members of the construction sector on a tool for collaborative working.

Stakeholder Panels: Establishing and running two stakeholder panels of smokers and drinkers to gather their thoughts on relevant research-related issues and to inform plans for future research.

Virtual Exploration Exhibit: Trialling an immersive 360 degree dome projection system depicting the archaeological discovery of Chedworth Roman Villa.

Bilingual Children: A range of workshops to share research on bilingualism in children with both parents and the Scottish government and in doing so, learning more about their experiences.

Fostering Hope: A participatory research project  in conjunction with a fostering charity that tackled a recruitment challenge faced by the charity and that shifted public perceptions about fostering unaccompanied child refugees.

ResearchABLE: Scoping workshops with local people with learning disabilities, carers, and relevant professionals aimed at informing development of a network to share research opportunities for those with learning disabilities.

Parental Engagement: Development and trialling of a toolkit to support schools to engage parents with children's learning.

Online Engagement: Trialling of an online engagement platform - Vizzata - to engage people in research.

Peer Interviewers: Recruiting and training parents to conduct research interviews with other parents about childhood weight.

Promoting body confidence: Co-created workshops with Year 8 girls to discuss their views on body confidence.

Virtual Exploration Exhibit: Trialling an immersive 360 degree dome projection system depicting the archaeological discovery of Chedworth Roman Villa.

Co-creating a support tool: A series of focus groups to inform and develop a support leaflet for friends of those that self-harm.

Bath Matters: An innovative take on the roundtable discussion format, engaging diverse stakeholders to cook up a meal whilst discussing an issue of shared interest.  

Creating NRG: A day-long event to build potential for research collaborations with industry partners for a new Research Group.

Art of the Brain: A sci-art collaboration between researchers in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Stephen Magrath, a local community artist.

Participatory video-making: An evaluation of the participatory video method in collaboration with migrant youth in Turin, Italy.

Fostering Hope: A participatory research project  in conjunction with a fostering charity that tackled a recruitment challenge faced by the charity and that shifted public perceptions about fostering unaccompanied child refugees.

ResearchABLE: Scoping workshops with local people with learning disabilities, carers, and relevant professionals aimed at informing development of a network to share research opportunities for those with learning disabilities.

Peer Interviewers: Recruiting and training parents to conduct research interviews with other parents about childhood weight.

Promoting body confidence: Co-created workshops with Year 8 girls to discuss their views on body confidence.