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The University of Bath

The Engaged360@Bath project has a vision to:

"Facilitate highly visible public engagement, embedded across the whole research lifecycle that encompasses all University staff and students in building mutually beneficial links between our research and the public."

The project is underpinned by a concept of embedding public engagement across the whole 360 research lifecycle, from conception to impact. Alongside work to build and sustain institutional capacity for effective public engagement, the project has 4 specific initiatives:

  1. Building postgraduate skills via improving existing, and designing new, public engagement training and support offers for postgraduate researchers. We will build on the example of the Public Engagement Training Programme offered through our Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies, and work with graduate schools and researchers support functions to devise training for researchers that sit outside the Doctoral Training Centre model.
  2. Maximising economic and societal impact. We will pilot new projects where the University partners with industry to deliver public engagement activities, capturing learning from these pilots to develop guidelines for effective university-industry partnerships. Working closely with our Institute for Policy Research, we will share good practice from across the University in engaging with policy makers, and will explore how to better work with civil society organisations alongside developing stronger links with local councils.
  3. Promoting Citizen Science through development of a special interest group that brings together researchers with a passion for, and experience of, engaging the public in research. The group will share good practice, research and income generation opportunities to stimulate the growth of citizen science. An exemplar case study of a Citizen Science project (CliMathNet) will also be developed.
  4. Inspiring Tomorrows' Researchers - Learning from accredited and voluntary public engagement activities organised by our Department of Mathematical Sciences, we will grow the offer of community-engaged learning opportunities across undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, facilitating engagement opportunities based on the University's existing research. We will also develop a new masterclass model in Engineering.

Contact

Helen Featherstone (Acting Head of Public Engagement): H.Featherstone@bath.ac.uk; 01225 385353
Ed Stevens (Public Engagement Officer): e.stevens@bath.ac.uk; 01225 385326

Website: www.bath.ac.uk/research/about/public-engagement/index.html