Public Engagement

Why use public engagement?

Researchers' reasons to engage are varied, but usually come with one of three purposes in mind:

  • To transmit knowledge to others
  • To receive knowledge from others
  • To collaborate with others to co-produce knowledge

The benefits of public engagement are many and commonly include:

  1. Improving the quality and impact of research
  2. Meeting funders' requirements - public engagement is recognised as a route to impact through Pathways to Impact statements
  3. Raising aspirations of those publics engaged 
  4. Challenging the Academy's assumptions, sharpening thinking and injecting energy
  5. Building trust in emerging research areas
  6. Developing researchers' transferable skills (e.g. communication and project management)
  7. Contributing to accountability, as the public fund much research
  8. Improving relationships between universities and their local communities 

Engagement not only impacts on the public involved but also brings benefit to research and researcher alike. To showcase this, we've devised a series of researcher case studies wherein researchers explain:

  • why they undertake engaged research;
  • how they and their research has benefitted and;
  • what they've learnt from engaging.

Public engagement can make a long term and strategic impact on institutions and our research strategy upholds our commitment to:

Maximise the intellectual, scientific, economic, social and cultural impacts of our research, engaging with research users as appropriate throughout the research process.