Engaging with Research

  • We encourage researchers to integrate public engagement activities into their everyday work and foster a culture where engagement is entwined into research design; facilitating researchers to collaborate with, consult and inform the public about our research and why it matters.

    Planning, Support, Resources & Funding

    The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)  provides support and resources for researchers and research support staff. Their annual public engagement conference is worth attending and they publish an open access journal,  Journal For All  

    The Oxford Brookes  Public Engagement Network’ drives interdisciplinary projects across faculties and provides training, opportunities and funding to support engagement. To join, email publicengagement@brookes.ac.uk

    Our HLS ‘Jump Start Award’ funding scheme helps support projects. So far, we have funded workshops involving patients, to events with local athletes, teachers, and family workshops that resulted in the launch of the  Brookes Infant Feeding Network.

    Our Faculty Research Engagement Officer supports broadening our research awareness and can advise on external outreach opportunities, local communications contacts/networks specific to your subject and supporting your news via in-house social media channels.   

    Do Public Engagement

    The Research Office houses a central repository for collecting information about our researcher's public engagement projects and news.

    Got a great idea for a project but need some support? Simply complete our  PE Planning Form   Want to engage social media users or discuss your research on radio, podcast , visual or print media? Tell is via our HLS News Form

    Social Media

    Stay connected to our research community, on Twitter  hls_research  Instagrambrookes_healthbrookes_lifesciences   BMS outreach news

    Interested in hosting a live Twitter event? Tell us about your idea here

    Public Engagement On Campus

    The  Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar  is a one-day event promoting STEM activities, work and research taking place across the University. It brings together over 100 staff and students who plan and run a range of enthralling activities across the Headington Campus; from building rocket cars to testing your balance and much much more! Over 2,000 local parents and children have attended in previous years. 

    We host regular free public lectures. Inaugural lectures are showcase talks by HLS researchers newly promoted to Professorial posts. The Annual Research Lecture is a prestigious event in the Faculty calendar where we welcome eminent and inspirational external speakers to discuss their lives in research. Previous speakers have included Sir John Bell (Regius Chair of Medicine; University of Oxford), Sir Paul Nurse (Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute), Dame Theresa Marteau (Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge), Sir Jim Smith (Director of the Wellcome Trust)   We are pleased to announce that Dame Professor Sue Black will be delivering our next Annual Research Lecture on 6 May 2020,  ' Anatomy and forensic anthropology: hand in glove' 

    Watch Some Previous Lectures Online

    Sir Jim Smith   Professor John Runions  Professor Tim Shreeve   Dame Professor Theresa Marteau 

    Public Engagement In Oxford and Beyond!

    Our researchers go beyond the walls of the University to reach as wide an audience as possible. We are proud to be regular contributors to events, including Oxford Festival of NatureSoapBox Science, A TOM Festival   IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival. We participate in outreach events at local Oxford University Museums who welcome our researchers in providing hands on activities and/or talks, ultimately contributing to showcasing the broad spectrum of research across Oxford and beyond.