Public Engagement

Public Engagement with Research offers a way to increase the impact of your research.

We use the terms PE for Public Engagement and PPIE for Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement. Other terms that are used are co-production, co-creation or partnership working.

The underlying sense that encapsulates the spirit of PE is that of collaboration, of working with others. This necessitates respect, cooperation, communication, building trust and the belief that together we are better off than on our own.

The hallmark of PE is that it is characterised by mutual benefit, as defined by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE):

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.

PE can happen at all stages of the research cycle when developing, doing or disseminating research.

We are currently writing our new vision and strategy for PE.

Read our vision and strategic plan (PDF 298KB) for PE and why the University signed the manifesto for PE in May 2015. Here’s what we say in 2018 on the NCCPE website.

How can we support you?

The PE team offers bespoke professional advice, assistance and some resources on engaging the public with research.

We advise on getting started with public engagement, help you develop your ideas for engagement and explain the channels and events which already exist.

We also provide peer review for public engagement plans in research proposals and can help you cost your activities.

People development

  • Engaged Research Microsoft Team
  • mentoring and coaching scheme: Engagement Fellows
  • networks: necnet (champions) and PIEF (patient involvement)
  • training for PE
  • using PE and outreach in promotion
  • awards for PE
  • logging your PE activity on Symplectic

Event planning, resources and opportunities

  • guidance and resources for event planning
  • what opportunities exist?
  • Be Curious
  • borrow resources for engagement activities
  • Museums and University Public Engagement Programme (MUPEP)

Impact and evaluation

  • PE as a way to impact
  • help with evaluation to evidence impact
  • policy enagagement

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please drop us a line or email us and we’ll be happy to talk to you.

Keep up to date with all things engagement with research at the University of Leeds by joining the Engaged Research Microsoft Team using the join code fc84jre