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Festival of Social Science

Showcasing the University of Bath's social science research as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science.



Project status

In progress


1 Apr 2023 to 8 Dec 2028

A panel of four people seated in a line, two males, one caucasian and one of African heritage and two women of African heritage.
A panel discussion during the screening of the Tobacco Slave as part of the Festival of Social Science 2023 (c) Jon Rowley Photography

Over four weeks each autumn, researchers from across the University of Bath share their research as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science events programme. The University's contribution to the Festival is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account award 2023-2028 (ES/X004651/1).

Our approach

Since 2002, the Festival of Social Science has been a UK-wide celebration of the social sciences supported by the ESRC. Each autumn, social science researchers deliver activities and events that engage audiences with their work, highlighting the value that social science research brings to our everyday lives.

As part of the University of Bath's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account award, the University is an official partner of the Festival. Working with academic colleagues, the Public Engagement Unit manages the University's contribution to the Festival. Through this work, the team aims to:

  • support researchers to develop their skills and abilities to engage public groups with their research

  • enhance researchers’ knowledge and increase understanding of public engagement with research

  • raise awareness of the diversity of nature of social science research activities taking place at the University of Bath

Programme of events

A caucasian  female standing in front of an panel of posters in the Images of Research exhibition
The Images of Research exhibition at Bath Spa railway station

The Public Engagement Unit has been working with researchers and partner organisations such as museums, libraries, sports centres and cultural venues to develop a range of activities and events.

Festival of Social Science 2023

For the University's inaugural contribution to the Festival in 2023, the team produced a programme of 18 in-person and online/digital events. These included participatory workshops, talks, film screenings, exhibitions, and panel discussions. 5,784 people attended these events and engaged with 38 researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science and the School of Management.

Check out the Festival of Social Science 2023 report for full programme details.

Find out more

Discover more about the Festival of Social Science with some of these blogs and case studies.

Funding body

The University of Bath's contribution to the Festival of Social Science is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant.

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