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Public Engagement

Unlock your potential in public engagement. The Public Engagement team offers comprehensive support – including funding, training, delivery and evaluation.

What is public engagement?

Public engagement is about sharing your research and its real-life impact. It’s a collaborative journey between yourself and the public, with a stress on shared experiences.

At its core, it’s about clearly communicating your research’s significance and methods, building a connection between your work and public’s everyday experiences.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s stresses this connection in their definition:

“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”

Our approach to public engagement is guided by the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy, as well as the Engaging Research for Impact Strategy.

In 2018, the University renewed its commitment to public engagement by signing the Manifesto for Public Engagement.

Public engagement at the University of Leeds

The Public Engagement team is a vital part of the Research and Innovation Services. Our goal is to assist you in gaining the confidence to create and execute successful public engagement initiatives.

How can we help you?

Be Curious

Be Curious is a programme of opportunities produced by the Public Engagement team for a range of audiences

People development

We support researchers to enhance their public engagement skills at any stage in their career.

Funding for public engagement

Support for navigating public engagement funding applications, both internal and external.

Impact and evaluation

Guidance for integrating evaluation and evidencing impact into your public engagement activities.

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