Public Engagement with Research
Engaging the public with the design, conduct and dissemination and research can enhance the quality and impact of research. On these pages you'll find the latest updates, info on training, top tips and more.
Where to find support for planning and delivering projects, getting funding or just getting your head around public engagement with research.
Online Intro to Public Engagement with Research
Do at your own pace, and in your own time. This four module course uses short videos and exercises to introduce what public engagement with research is, why it matters and how to plan and do effective public engagement with research.
Training for Researchers and DPhil Students
Training available to all in MPLS and MSD to help you find out more about public engagement and develop your skills.
Oxford Sparks: Get Involved
Oxford Sparks is the University's digital engagement platform for sciences, and produces high quality media such as podcasts and videos, as well as managing social media channels. Find out how you can get involved.
Science Together: Oxford Researchers and Communities
Science Together: Oxford Researchers and Communities is a new programme that explores what challenges can be overcome or opportunities seized by local community groups when they are given access to the world class skills, knowledge and resources of our researchers. We work closely with community groups on projects which are important to them. Our pilot year (2021-22) saw 28 researchers from University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University working on a diverse range of projects featuring CO2-absorbing hedgerow pigment paint, an evaluation of the impacts of art sessions on the wellbeing of dementia sufferers, and the interplay between science, technology and hip-hop!
What is public engagement with research?
Whether telling people about the results of your research or involving others in doing research, public engagement with research can involve a wide array of activities. So let's take a closer look.
We're collecting a range of examples of engagement work from right here at the University to help inspire you. Whether you're new to engagement or looking for something innovative, there's something for everyone.
Equipment available to borrow
We provide a range of audio visual and event equipment that is available to borrow via our PERShare website. **equipment loans are currently on hold**
MPLS Division's Strategic Plan for Public Engagement with Research
Our strategic plan focuses on demonstrating the value of PER, building capacity, particularly by supporting departments, and exploring where we can facilitate effective collaborations across the Division and with other partners.
Oxford Sparks Science Communication Academy, CLOSED
This in-depth training programme will take you through the essentials of science communication for creating high quality online videos. The first two sessions are open to all researchers. Participants will then have the opportunity to apply to become an Oxford Sparks Ambassador.