King’s’ three strategic priorities are producing world-class research, providing world-class training for students, and serving society. Historically, King’s has always been an institution in the service of society, with engagement an inherent part of this.
We continue to aspire to be the most porous Higher Educating Institution in the UK. In line with this mission, King’s has invested in Science Gallery London. Opening in 2018 on Guy’s Campus, Science Gallery will be a pioneering space where art and science collide, engaging over 300,000 students, researchers, members of the local community and young people with research at King’s.
During the first year of the CSF award 48 researchers gained extensive public engagement mentoring and hands-on experience as collaborators during Science Gallery’s pre-opening themed seasons. A further 882 research staff and students attended presentations or workshops by the Science Gallery team.
We also established Engagement Services – an arm of Science Gallery London offering free consultations to researchers to support them build public engagement into their research grant applications. Engagement Services also supports researchers to deliver and evaluate their proposed activities, facilitating a guided learning process.
During the second year of the CSF award we will continue to grow Engagement Services and maximise the opportunities for researchers to take part in Science Gallery seasons.
Our key focus will be on-
- Delivering grant support to encourage a culture where public engagement is understood as a fundamental part of the research process.
- Providing hands-on learning opportunities via Science Gallery programming, training courses and grant schemes.
- Working with researchers and other professional services to develop a shared understanding of engagement as part of our service to society at King’s, in line with the university’s new 2029 Vision and Strategy.
- In collaboration with other engagement and impact support staff, we will support a growing community of ‘Engaged Researchers’ at King’s.