RCUK, with support the National HE STEM programme, have put together some short case studies detailing how academics have used public engagement as a pathway to impact. You can find these case studies here.
What is particularly of interest with these case studies, is the importance that the featured academics place on developing two-case engagement, rather than simply disseminating findings to a wider audience.
If you would like some support to do something similar around your own research, please do contact me on email@example.com.
Another opportunity to develop public engagement activities within a wider programme of learning, is during the Festival of Learning that BU is running next year. You can find out more here with a deadline for applications on 31st July 2012. Again, if you would like some help to put together your application, please do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BU Festival of Learning will take place over a two-week period during spring/summer 2013 (dates are to be confirmed but are likely to be in June). During this time BU will offer a number of short courses, guest lectures, debates, science cafes and other events to multiple audiences, including BU students, the local community, businesses, schools and community groups. The Festival will be a key part of our public engagement activity and will provide the opportunity for us to engage with individuals and groups to share and create knowledge.
This is your chance to be involved! We are looking for BU staff who are interested in running sessions at the Festival; these may be events/courses you have successfully run previously or new events/courses. The Festival will include a lot of different activities so we’re looking for all sorts of events – different topics, audiences, purposes, deliveries, durations. Think creatively!
One of the key aims of the event will be to increase our public engagement activity. If you would like to discuss your idea for a public engagement activity or creatively brainstorm how your idea could be developed into a public engagement event then Rebecca Edwards would be more than happy to work with you on this.
The Festival will be organised around the 8 BU Research Themes rather than on an individual School basis. Staff who offer up courses to the Festival will share in 40% of the revenue generated for use in their personal research or scholarship.
If you would like to propose an idea for an event please complete the short Festival of Learning proposal form and email it to Julie Northam before 31st July 2012: Festival of Learning proposal form
This will be the first time that such as large-scale event has been run at BU and with your support and input we can make it a real success 🙂