Latest news

Research Development Funding applications open

Applications are now open for Research Development Funding (RDF). Awards of up to £500 are available to support patient/public/stakeholder involvement/engagement at the research design stage. The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 5 June2019. To find out more see the event planning, resources and communication page where you can read the RDF guidance and download an  application form.

PE as part of your research proposal – drop in surgeries – next 22 May 10-12pm, 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 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):

  • 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.