New grant for public engagement

The University has secured a second Research Councils UK (RCUK) grant to enrich public engagement with research (PER) culture at the University and to accelerate the development of public engagement at a national level.

The £36K Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) grant follows the award of an RCUK Catalyst grant in 2012 for the Engaged360@Bath project. That project established the University’s Public Engagement Unit with a remit to embed a culture of public engagement within policies, practices and procedures.

The award of the SEE-PER grant means the University is one of only three institutions nationally that have been successful in garnering a second public engagement-related grant from RCUK.

The new funding will enable the Unit to explore how improvements to Continual Professional Development (CPD) for academic staff can deliver deeper and broader public engagement with research.

This learning will directly influence the CPD on offer to staff and postgraduate researchers at the University and potentially across the UK by improving the training offered by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

The ChallengeCPD@Bath project, which starts now and completes in March 2018, will be led by Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement.

Dr Featherstone said: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this grant, which recognises the significant influence the Public Engagement Unit has already had on the national public engagement agenda.

“The funding will allow us to extend this influence through collaboration with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and help the University to improve its professional development offering to researchers.”

Professor Knight added: “I am looking forward to working with colleagues on the ChallengeCPD@Bath project which will make a significant contribution to enhancing a culture of public engagement both here and across the UK.”

If you would like to find out more about the ChallengeCPD@Bath project, please contact Helen at h.featherstone@bath.ac.uk

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