The Public Engagement Unit have been working with researchers since 2012 to support a positive culture of public engagement with research. Over this period we believe that public engagement can:
- improve the quality and impact of your research
- increase the visibility of your research
- support your skills development and enhance your career and promotion prospects
Improving the quality and impact of your research
Engaging public groups with your research can offer fresh perspectives on your work in a variety of ways for example engagement can help shape your research questions as well as challenge any assumptions you have about your research or the methods you are using. Ultimately engagement has the potential to enrich the focus, clarity and relevance of your research. Impact is the change to society or the economy that comes from your research and whilst public engagement itself is not always impact engaging public groups with your work can also be a valuable route to generating that change.
If you are interested in finding out more about how public engagement can be a rout to impact the Research and Innovation Services have a Planning for Impact Toolkit to help you to think through who might benefit from your research and how.
For further information on the benefits of public engagement for you, see the UK Research and Innovation’s 'What's in it for me?' guide.