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.
The Public Engagement Lab was a professional development course designed to take participants through a collaborative process to design and pitch public engagement projects that challenge their usual ways of working. The programme covered the entire lifecycle of project ideation, development, delivery and evaluation, providing support and funding for four projects. Find out what they did and how they did it, along with the benefits researchers and the Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) experienced through their collaborations.
1 September 2020
In 2020 summer term, as schools closed down due to the corona virus pandemic, Cowley Road Works facilitated projects to bring together researchers and school students in an engagement project for children to access from their homes. Originally envisaged as a project to bring research to life as part of the Carnival in July, here we report how the modified online project went.
2 January 2020
The popular citizen science project, Galaxy Zoo, went super-sized at this year’s Oxford Christmas Light Festival (Friday 15 – Saturday 16 November 2019). Crowds of visitors to the vibrant annual seasonal celebration got a taste of the astronomical by helping researchers describe hundreds of images of galaxies, projected at massive scale onto to the buildings in Bonn Square. Here is a taste of the project.
29 November 2019
Prof Yee Whye Teh took part in the online engagement activity, I'm a Researcher... Get Me Out of Here (Machine Learning Zone) - and won the student vote! Congratulations. In this blog, originally posted on his groups web pages he talks about his experience.
4 April 2019
This new video case study looks at how researchers from across the university worked with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on their exhibition 'Bacterial World'.
Dr. Suzie Sheehy (Royal Society University Research Fellow, Oxford Physics) and Lucy Martin (3rd Year DPhil student in the Particle Physics sub-department, Oxford Physics) talk about taking particle accelerator physics to a large audience at Curiosity Carnival by using an interactive science show.
Catchy songs are great way to make a message ‘stick’, but can we use song to enthuse young people about science? Michaela Livingstone-Banks (MPLS PE Facilitator) shares what she learnt from this University Seed Funded project that explored exactly this.
Prof David Pyle (Earth Sciences) took his volcano top trumps to the Games Cafe at the Curiosity Carnival last year. Here he explains his experience, and why having fun with public engagement, and why some times simple activities are the best activities.
Dr Benjamin Brecht (Formerly Dept of Physics) took part in the 'Stories Around the Campfire' at the Curiosity Carnival, and talks about how the experience opened his eyes to the interest the public has in research.
In April this year the Mathematical Institute led a weekend of playful and creative maths activities in the city for the local community to discover the delights and applications of maths. Here, Mareli Grady reports on how it went.
Dr Jason RC Nurse (Computer Science) talks about his experience of becoming a book at book at 2017's Curiosity Carnival, and why public engagement is an important part of the job of being a researcher.
Prof David Howey and his group (Department of Engineering Science) had their first taste of public engagement at the Curiosity Carnival (Sept 2017). Here he shares why they got involved and how things went.
Dr Cedric Tan (Zoology) presents research looking into the effectiveness of games on students' experiences and learning in relation to conservation.
Dr Sarah Watkinson (Department of Plant Sciences) took her passion for poetry to the Curiosity Carnival as a fun and creative way of engaging the public with science. Here she tells us how it went.
Hannah Rowlands, Communications Manager for NQIT (Networked Quantum Information Technologies), reports on the Quantum Discovery evening event that herself and a team in the Physics department hosted in October 2017, with talks, stalls and lab tours.
Dr Holly Reeve and team (Department of Chemistry) developed a suite of activities to engage people at different levels as part of the Curiosity Carnival. Here, she describes how it all came together.
Dr Cedric Tan lead a group of researchers from WildCRU (Dept of Zoology) to develop and perform an interactive play at the Curiosity Carnival (29 Sept 2017) based on Cecil the Lion. Here he describes his experience.
Project descriptions from MPLS researchers that were funded via the University's Public Engagement with Research Seed Funds 2017-18.
In the run-up to the Curiosity Carnival, Dr Priyanka Dhopade from the Department of Engineering Science took part in the I'm a Researcher... online activity and was voted winner by the students. Here she describes her experience.
Find out more about the winning entries from MPLS for these University-wide awards