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.

Read our vision and strategic plan (PDF 298KB) for PE and why the University signed the Manifesto for PE in May 2015.

The PE team offer advice, support 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.

Bespoke support 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 proposals and Pathways to Impact sections of applications and can help you cost your activities.

People development

If you are interested in the Engagement Excellence scheme, the local practioner network pepnet, want to find an Engagement champion in your faculty (necnet), are interested in PE related training (internal and external), want to know whether PE is promotion relevant, submit your PE work for the PE awards, or simply want to record your PE activity (Symplectic) so it counts.

Event planning, resources and communication

Guidance for event planning, existing opportunities for PE, including University’s research open day Be Curious, use our resources for engagement activities, including evaluation guide, risk assessment, liability insurance, possible funding (MUPEP, RDF), and tips for publicity.

PE, impact and evaluation

How PE can lead to impact, how it can be part of your Pathways to Impact section, how to evaluate, incl. the STAR framework and General Impact Framework. 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