Researchers secure public engagement funding

Postgraduate researchers from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences have successfully secured funding from the University’s Public Engagement Unit for engaged research projects.

The funded projects arose from Get Engaged 2014, an event designed and delivered by the University’s Public Engagement Forum. Get Engaged saw 19 postgraduate researchers gather to learn more about engaged research and to generate ideas for projects.

Following the event, six applications were submitted. The decision was made to fund the following three:

  • Hannah Heath (Department of Psychology) – co-designing a support guide for friends of self-harmers. Hannah will engage with counselling services, charities and friends of self-harmers to produce an appropriate support leaflet
  • Jana Kralova and Renske Visser (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) – facilitating fun, cross-cultural events around Halloween that encourage older people to engage with a variety of death-related research topics   
  • Pip Griffiths (Department of Psychology) – bringing public groups together with the aim of working towards an increase in animal-assisted therapy in the local community. Bath Cats & Dogs Home, relevant public health bodies and the local council will be amongst those invited to a kick-start meeting

Jana Kralova, one of those funded, said: “I’m pleased that the University is willing to fund our public engagement ideas in this way. It’s a great confidence-booster to secure the money, and I’m sure I’ll learn lots from doing the project.”

All projects are set to conclude by February 2015 and will then feature as case studies on the Unit’s website.

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