Public engagement

Public Engagement with research offers a way to increase the impact of your research. We use the terms PE for Public Engagement and PPIE for Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement. Other terms that are used are co-production, co-creation or partnership working.

The underlying sense that encapsulates the spirit of PE is that of collaboration, of working with others. This necessitates respect, cooperation, communication, building trust and the belief that together we are better off than on our own.

The hallmark of PE is that it is characterised by mutual benefit: “Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.” (NCCPE’s definition)

PE can happen at all stages of the research cycle when developing, doing or disseminating research.

Our vision: By 2020 all research projects at the University of Leeds will include an appropriate engagement activity.

Read our vision and strategic plan (PDF 298KB) for PE and why the University signed the Manifesto for PE in May 2015. Here’s what we say in 2018 on the NCCPE website.

The PE team offers professional advice, assistance and some resources on engaging the public with research. If you can’t find what you are looking for on these pages, please drop us a line or phone us and we’ll be happy to talk to you.

Watch a short clip for an introduction (external link to YouTube) to public engagement with research made by our colleagues at Oxford.

Or check out which habits make you more effective (external link) when communicating your research.

Bespoke professional assistance and advice

We advise on getting started with public engagement, help you develop your ideas for engagement and explain the channels and events which already exist.

We also provide peer review for public engagement plans in research proposals and Research Council’s Pathways to Impact sections of applications and can help you cost your activities.

People development

  • Mentoring and coaching scheme: Engagement Fellows
  • Networks: pepnet (practitioners), necnet (champions) and PIEF (patient involvement)
  • Training for PE
  • Using PE and outreach in promotion
  • Awards for PE
  • Logging your PE activity on Symplectic

Event planning, resources and communication

  • Guidance for event planning and publicity
  • Risk assessment and liability insurance
  • What opportunities exist?
  • Be Curious
  • Borrow resources for engagement activities
  • Funding (MUPEP, RDF)

PE, impact and evaluation

  • PE as a way to impact
  • Getting funding for PE as part of Pathways to Impact section
  • Help with evaluation to evidence impact
  • Policy engagement

Case studies

Selection of case studies for different forms of engagement across the research cycle and for different research areas.

Contact the public engagement team
0113 34 31149
Follow us @UniLeedsEngage