The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences held a public engagement and impact event for postgraduate researchers and staff on Tuesday 15th December. The event was chaired by Zoë Sheppard, Impact Champion for the Faculty, and Vanora Hundley, the Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice, took time out of her busy schedule to attend. Genna West, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager, kicked off by presenting the difference between public engagement and impact before Naomi Kay, Public Engagement Officer, outlined the internal and external public engagement activities. One of the co-founders of our local Café Scientifique, Sharon Docherty, then provided an overview of the initiative as well as describing a feedback session for research participants.
Angela Warren went onto present the fantastic resource that is the Carer and Service User Partnership and how they can help in public engagement and impact activities before Clare Farrance ‘got us on our feet’ presenting her experiences of informing practitioners as well as an exciting planned photo exhibition. After these inspirational presentations, attendees had a chance to plan their own public engagement and impact events before mince pies and mulled wine were consumed! Many thanks to everyone involved and may 2016 be full of public engagement and impact!