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Public Engagement Unit

We facilitate public engagement for our research students and staff to build links with the public.

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Public engagement with research

Find out more about what public engagement is, why it matters, how it can benefit you and your research and how to start engaging public groups with your research.


Public engagement at Bath

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How we define public engagement with research, our approach and how support staff to engage public groups with their work.

The Public Engagement Unit during the coronavirus outbreak


The team at the Public Engagement Unit are currently working from home, but we're open for business continuing to support our academic and professional services colleagues.

You can reach us via our Public Engagement Mailbox.

Find out more about changes to our service
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Funding for public engagement

If you have an idea for a public engagement with research activity these funding calls could help make it happen. Find out more about the current funding opportunities available from the Public Engagement Unit and other funding organisations.


Biochemical Society Outreach Grants

A workshop funded by the Scientific Outreach Grants

Grants of up to £1000 are available to support activities that communicate molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Deadline 16 April.

Apply for an Engage Grant


We have two funds currently open:

Find out more about the Engage Grants
Researcher talking to visitors to the Holburne Museum about his research

Public engagement training and learning opportunities

Develop your public engagement knowledge and skills with these training opportunities and learning resources from the Public Engagement Unit and other organisations.


STEAM Summer School

STEAM is an innovative course in science communication, building on traditional methods by combining STEM with the Arts. Early bird deadline: 31 May.

Science Filmmaking Courses

Taught by an ex-BBC science documentary filmmaker, these courses give you the skills to make and promote engaging films about research. March and October.

Engagement opportunities

Put your public engagement skills into practice with these engagement opportunities run by the Public Engagement Unit and other organisations.


Celebrating your public engagement achievements

If you're looking for recognition for your public engagement work, check out the award schemes run by the Public Engagement Unit and other organisations.


The Josh Award

Winner of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement with Research

The award celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK. Deadline: 14 April.

The Beetlestone Award

Helen Featherstone recieving the Beetlestone Award.

The Beetlestone Award aims to recognise leaders in the field of informal science learning. Deadline: 1 May.

Doctoral Award for Public Engagement


The Award aims to recognise and reward high-quality public engagement with research projects carried out by Doctoral Students at the University of Bath.

Applications for the Doctoral Award for Public Engagement are now open. Deadline - Friday 1 May 2020, 5pm.

Find out more about the Award and how to apply
One of the winners of the Engage Awards holding their award in front of a banner

Find inspiration

If you're interested in engaging public groups with your research and need inspiration, discover the different engagement methods used by researchers at the University.


Blogs from the Public Engagement Unit

Keep up-to-date with our latest work and thinking about public engagement from the Public Engagement Unit.


Public Engagement Unit projects

Discover more about the Public Engagement Unit's projects and initiatives to embed a positive culture of public engagement with research at the University of Bath.


ChallengeCPD@Bath

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Investigating the take-up and impact of training and professional development opportunities for researchers in public engagement.

Manifesto for Public Engagement

The University of Bath is a signatory to the Manifesto for Public Engagement. Developed by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, the Manifesto outlines the three principles that support a positive culture of public engagement.


About us

We facilitate high-quality public engagement for staff and students, building mutually beneficial links between our research and the public. We build and sustain institutional capacity for public engagement and aim to support researchers from all disciplines whatever their level of expertise.

Our work covers opportunities for researchers to; develop their skills, practice and understanding of public engagement and be recognised and rewarded for their public engagement work.

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions about our services.