Engage Researchers' Academy

"So helpful and beneficial both for research and teaching. Brilliant. Thank you" - 2018-19 delegate

The Engage Researchers' Academy is a year long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for delegates to reflect upon what it means to be an engaged researcher, and to explore the quality and value of engagement. It also supports participants to develop the skills and experience to work with others and improve the impact and relevance of their research.


The Engage Researchers' Academy cohort will meet in Bristol for three two-day sessions. Academy one focuses on Engaged People, Academy two looks at Engaged Practice, while Academy three explores Engaged Quality and Value.

Each Academy session offers a stimulating mix of presentations led by leading engaged academics, research funders and policy makers; practical workshops and masterclasses; debate and discussion; opportunities to practice skills; and peer-supported learning. Mentors with expertise in public engagement with research, impact, evaluation, and community engagement are available to provide one-to-one support.

"I didn't convey very well to the facilitators how useful the course was, and how skilled their teaching is, it has really energised my relationship to research, shaken it up and made me realise how much I still have to learn...Just thank you - for being patient and witty and wise" - 2018-19 delegate




The Academy is aimed primarily at early to mid-career researchers with experience of engaging the public with their research. It aims to equip participants with understanding, skills and practical experience to enhance the impact of their engagement and to become leaders in engaged research. It is suitable for academics based at higher education institutions or research institutes in the UK. In order to attend, you must have the support of your departmental, college or faculty lead. 


  • 16-17th October 2019
  • 19-20th February 2020
  • 17th and 18th June 2020



NB participants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation


  • Access to the latest thinking and analysis about how to capture the value of public engagement in the context of the REF

  • Enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence to become leaders in engaged research

  • Opportunity to improve practice by experimenting with innovative tools and techniques in our Masterclasses

  • Access to mentors, a peer support group, and alumni network across a wide range of disciplines

 "This was an incredibly challenging workshop. Really made me think bigger." - 2018-19 delegate

Applications are now closed for the 2019 intake.

Keep an eye out for bookings for 2020 by joining our newsletter. 

For further information or for any enquiries please contact maddy.foard@uwe.ac.uk