Public Engagement

Public Engagement Forum

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The Public Engagement Forum (PEF) provides a unique opportunity for up to 12 postgraduate researchers in year two or above of their studies to work alongside the University's Public Engagement Unit to design and deliver an exciting engagement activity.

Public engagement is a growing part of the research process and the PEF represents an exclusive opportunity to collaborate with public engagement professionals who possess years of experience in the field. PEF members are drawn from disciplines across the University.

The challenge

PEF members are given £2000 to design, develop, and deliver their own engagement activity, one that must involve:

  • Participation of other postgraduate researchers
  • Collaboration with at least one external organisation

Members learn by doing, but are supported by the Public Engagement Unit through a series of workshops and meetings.

The commitment

The PEF involves 20 hours of contact time across semesters one and two, starting in November and running through to May. There is a compulsory induction day, followed by seven monthly meetings, each on a Wednesday afternoon. There is usually work to do outside of the meetings.

Get involved

The Forum is taking a hiatus for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. If you'd like to register your interest for the 2016 - 2017 Forum, please email

Past members

2014 - 2015

In 2014 - 2015, Forum members included - Lauren Agnew (Chemistry); Gus Bosehans (Psychology); Teresa Chiang (Architecture & Civil Engineering); Laura Cocker (Chemistry); David Cross (School of Management); Marianna Frangeskou (School of Management); Kagiso Jobe (Architecture & Civil Engineering); Zainab Mai-Bornu (Politics, Languages & International Studies); Althea Rivas (Social & Policy Sciences). These members devised and delivered the Get Engaged and the Pint of Science Festival. 

2013 - 2014

The Public Engagement Forum was piloted across 2013 - 2014. There were nine members drawn from diverse departments - Alberto Lapedriza (Biology & Biochemistry); Ellie Toloue Kashfpakdel (Education); Hannah Woodall (Mathematical Sciences); Helen Ross (Social & Policy Sciences); Izzi Mear (Mechanical Engineering); Johannes Warther (School of Management); Laurie Batchelder (Psychology); Luke Williams (Chemistry); Molly Buckingham (Mechanical Engineering). These members devised and delivered the Get Engaged event above.