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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!

Bradford Science Festival 2019 – Call for proposals

In its third year run by the Science and Media Museum the Bradford Science Festival is establishing itself as an early summer event for the people of Bradford and wider Yorkshire and Humberside. This year’s focus are a Space Zone to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and a Chemistry Zone to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table.  Other zones will also be up and running. If you are interested in running a stall at the Festival, read the guidance and submit your proposal until 28 February.

The PE team is happy to help with applications and suggestions.

British Science Week at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax

EUREKA! are looking for STEM professionals with a passion for inspiring and enthusing primary age children (and grown-ups!) to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations about their stories, work, innovation or research, and engage the school groups and families that visit them. Eureka! is celebrating British Science Week from 8th – 15th March with the exception of 11th March as the museum is closed.

For further information please contact Chris Snowden, STEM & Public Engagement Manager at EUREKA! via email:

PE as part of your research proposal – drop in surgeries – next 28 March 2-4 pm, Parkinson 1.35

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 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.

‘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):

  • 7 March 2019 at EUREKA!, Halifax (no particular topic)
  • 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)

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.

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.