Why engage

Public Engagement is involving the public with research. It is a two-way process which enhances that quality and/or impact of research and is mutually beneficial to both the public and researchers. The type of public engagement activity will vary depending on the reasons for engaging.

ReasonWhy?Type of PE activityEvaluation
To enlighten and enthuseTo share research and inspire the publicFestivals, discussions, conferences, exhibitions, social media, games, competitionsDid the public gain new knowledge and did this alter their perceptions, actions, or opinions?
To discuss and listenTo better inform researchers on the public’s opinions and concerns about their research and to get new viewpointsDebates, forums, exhibitions, panels, social mediaDid the public's insights lead to a change in the researchers approach or way of thinking?
To work togetherTo help shape future research pathways, policy or realisation of research outcomesCitizen science, exhibitions, social mediaDid collaboration of researcher and the public lead to changes in research policy, outcomes or future directions?


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Benefits of engaging

Public Engagement can develop and stimulate the work of universities with new ideas, analysis of challenges and curiosity, thereby benefiting researchers and research students, universities, and the many different publics in society.

Some of the benefits for researchers include:

  • Improving your research impact and quality
  • Gain fresh insights into research challenges and generate new research questions
  • Improve accountability and transparency of  your research
  • Responding to societal needs
  • Building trust between research institutions and the public
  • Gaining visibility of you research and the your profile as a researcher
  • Improving public interest and involvement in research
  • Increasing your employability by developing transferable skills
  • It is important to funders, as well as the University, and opens up access to additional funding