Embedding a positive culture of public engagement with research at the University of Bath.
Engaged360@Bath (2012-2015) aimed to build institutional capacity at the University of Bath for public engagement with research by embedding a positive culture of public engagement across the whole research lifecycle. The project was funded by Research Councils UK (now UKRI) as part of the Public Engagement with Research Catalysts funding call and builds on the success of Beacons for Public Engagement (2008-2012).
At the heart of Engaged360@Bath (2012-2015) was the Public Engagement Unit, which was established as part of the project. Through modeling engaged behaviours and approaches, the Public Engagement Unit worked closely with researchers from across the University to embed a positive culture of public engagement with research. To facilitate this work the Public Engagement Unit developed three guiding processes and practices :
Professional Development for public engagement: creating learning opportunities for researchers to learn about public engagement with research
Public Engagement in Practice: creating opportunities for researchers to develop and deliver public engagement with research activities
Reward and Recognition: celebrating and recognising the work of researchers engaging public groups with their research
What we did
Over the course of Engaged360@Bath some of our highlights include:
Established a Public Engagement Unit
Developed a Public Engagement Network of researchers and professional services staff with over 340 registered members
Established the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement
Invested over £30,000 in engaged research projects, through the Seed Fund scheme, supporting a range of innovative off campus activities
Embedded public engagement with research in probation and promotion criteria and academic role descriptions, as a means to demonstrate excellence in research
Designed and delivered professional development opportunities for researchers, reaching over 550 people
Supported over 100 researchers in completion of engagement and impact sections of grant proposals
Provided and supported a series of opportunities for researchers to engage with the local community, including the Pint of Science Festival, the Festival of Nature, Bath Taps into Science, Bath Inspires, Fringe Arts Bath Festival and grew the Images of Research competition to an annual event with a reach of over 4,000 people
Arranged nine public engagement conversations, providing an opportunity for over 200 researchers and professional services staff to learn more about specific engagement-related issues.
Find out more about some of the highlights and key achievements of the Engaged360@Bath (2012-2015) project in our Engaged360@Bath: supporting researchers to engage publication.
Learning and Leading Together
At the end of the three year project there was a cross-university understanding of the role, importance and value of public engagement. The quality, breadth and variety of public engagement also increased during the Engaged360@Bath (2012-2015) project.
Find out more about the work, achievements and key learning of Engaged360@Bath (2012-2015) project in our Learning and Leading Together: experiences from Engaged360@Bath report