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Patient involvement and engagement forum (PIEF)

Next meeting: Thursday 31 January 2019, 12-2pm in Worsley 8.49n on ‘Payment and expenses for PIE in research’ by Delia Muir.

Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

This  forum is specifically for staff members whose role contains a significant part of managing PIE work in teaching and research (PIE managers, officers etc.). If you are interested in joining the forum including receiving invitations for meetings, please contact the PE team.

PE as part of your research proposal – drop in surgeries – next 6 February 10-12

The PE team is collaborating with colleagues from OD&PL, RIS and the Library for a series of drop-in sessions to provide advice on your research proposal.

These sessions will be taking place on the following dates in 2019:

Wednesday 6 February, 10-12pm
Thursday 28 March, 2-4pm
Wednesday 22 May, 10-12pm
Wednesday 17 July, 10-12pm

If these dates don’t work for you, contact us at and we will meet at a mutually convenient time with you.

Pepnet#27: Evaluation of PE,  27 February 2019

Our next meeting will see the return of Sarah Jenkins of Jenesys Associates with tips on evaluating your public engagement.  It runs from 12 to 2pm in room SR1.09 of the Liberty Building, please sign up here!

Engagement Excellence Scheme: Class of 2017/18

Congratulations to Sophy Barber (Dentistry), Jessica Hammett (History), Claire Brockett (Mechanical Engineering) and Clare Harley (Healthcare), who graduated from our Engagement Excellence Scheme earlier this month.

This programme aims to support upcoming stars in PE/Patient and Public Involvement, and contribute to improving impact and dissemination of research.  It is now in its fourth year, with 20 graduate fellows.

Public Engagement with Research Awards 2018

The 2018 Public Engagement with Research Awards – which saw a very high standard of entries – have been presented to researchers across a range of faculties.

Applications were reviewed by a panel of external experts, including the Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Heads of PE at other Russell Group universities and managers from the Wellcome Trust and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Click here to see our winners, runners up and hear about their award winning PE projects.

What works: Engaging the public through social media

(external link, PDF 1.2 MB) The NCCPE has worked with public engagement professionals and researchers from across the UK to co-develop this guide.

‘Lates’ event opportunities 2019

Museums are hosting ‘Lates’ – adult-only late evening openings throughout the year – with live shows and experiments, talks, comedy, music and more. If you are interested, please contact us (we update the list as we find out):

  • 14 March 2019 ‘Chemicals and brain’, Bradford Science and Media Museum
  • 18 July 2019 ‘Bradford Science Festival launch’, Bradford Science and Media Museum

Leeds Central Library public talk series

Leeds Central Library is seeking researchers to deliver talks on a broad spectrum of subject matters. With the programme now being scheduled up to March 2019, it offers plenty of public engagement opportunities at the venue for University researchers. Please contact at the Library and/or the PE team.

PE in promotion criteria- update

26% of all successful academic promotion applications in 2016-17 used the PE criterion. This has increased now to 35% in 2017-18, equally distributed across all grades (Grade 8 to 10).

Record your public engagement activity

Keep up to date by including details of everything from public lectures to curating exhibitions, schools outreach plus public and patient involvement work under the professional activities tab in Symplectic. Read the help file here (DOCX 249KB)

Keep up to date with public engagement at Leeds

Sign up to the pepnet email list to receive the monthly newsletter and other information. You can also post to the PE community here at Leeds.