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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.

Images of Research 2023

The Images of Research Competition is now open for 2023.

Images of Research 2023 is a competition and exhibition for University of Bath staff to use visual imagery and a simple short description to tell people about their research and its benefits to society.

Open to academic, research and technical staff as well as professional services staff who input on research.

Find out more about Images of Research and how to enter.
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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.

Being Human Small and Hub Awards

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Small awards of £3000 and hub awards of £8000 are available for activities that demonstrate how the humanities benefit our everyday lives. Deadline: 28 April

Engagement Opportunities

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

European Research Showcase

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The European Research Showcase invites researchers in any discipline to highlight their work in this social media-based engagement event on the 28 / 29 April.

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.

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. April, June and Autumn.

Celebrating public engagement

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards and meet some of the people carrying out high-quality public engagement with their research at the University.

NERC Impact Awards

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The NERC Impact Awards champion the impact of research from the NERC-funded environmental science community on our everyday lives. Deadline: 21 April, 2023.

The Beetlestone Award

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

Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards 2023

Nominations for the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards 2023 are now open!

The Engage Awards aims to celebrate the outstanding public engagement achievements of colleagues from right across the University.

Find out how to get involved in the Engage Awards 2023
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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.


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Embedding a positive culture of public engagement with research at the University of Bath.


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Investigating the provision, uptake and impact of training and professional development opportunities for researchers in public engagement.

Community Matters

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A collaborative project between community organisations and University of Bath researchers to undertake community-based participatory research.

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.