Find the latest updates of public engagement news, opportunities, funding, and more.
Each year the university hosts one of either the VC's PER Awards or the PER Conference, but next year we get both! Save the dates and get thinking about what you can submit/nominate for an award.
MPLS and MSD are collaborating on a new science engagement programme to support researchers and our local communities.
Dr Becky Smethurst (Department of Physics) has been awarded the Mary Somerville Medal for exceptional early career contributions to public engagement within physics in recognition of the success of her YouTube channel, Dr Becky.
29 October 2020
This free event, Is science writing the solution?, is a panel discussion hosted by Professor Alice Roberts which will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.
14 August 2020
Seven projects from Medical Sciences and MPLS have been awarded funding in Round 2 of the Enriching Engagement grant scheme. They join the six Round 1 projects awarded in November 2019. Have a read of the project summaries for a bit of inspiration.
UKRI recently announced that they were reviewing the research grant process, and as part of this review there will be changes to their requirements for pathways to impact - a mechanism used by many to plan and resource public engagement with research - so what does this mean for public engagement with research?
19 February 2020
UKRI recently announced the projects funded through their place-based and citizen science funding schemes. Three grants led by Oxford researchers have been funded, with a further two supported by Oxford. Congratulations! Read the project descriptions here.
The first awardees of the University of Oxford’s Enriching Engagement funding scheme have now been announced, and includes "Prof. Chris Lintott (PI) and Dr. Helen Spiers (project lead), Scribbling for Science in Schools: Taking Authentic Research into Schools with the Zooniverse".
22 Oxford PhD students in Environmental Research visited the Cotswolds last week and heard about local issues
Seven successful applicants have been chosen as the 2019-20 cohort of Public Engagement with Research (PER) Leaders. Two awardees are from MPLS departments.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched its vision for public engagement, setting out their key areas of interest and focus to enable them to "promote world-leading research and innovation that is built on the knowledge and values of society and open to people from all backgrounds."
In a glitzy awards ceremony in a packed lecture theatre in Keble College, the winners of the VC PER Awards were announced - featuring two awards for MPLS researchers - and three more highly commended awards.
Research England today (Thurs Jan 31) released the final guidance on REF2021 submissions. I took a look at whether there have been any changes to the draft guidelines in relation to public engagement. Spoiler: public engagement with research remains a valid route to achieving impact.
Over the last few years, the Division has been working towards better understanding its role in nurturing a supportive culture where high quality public engagement with research (PER) can flourish as an integral part of research culture and practice. We are now sharing our strategic plan, which has a focus 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.
Dr Holly Reeve was appointed the MPLS BSA Media Fellow and was given the opportunity to work at The Mirror for two weeks in July. For one day she took over the MPLS Twitter account to share her experience.
Research England has published the draft guidelines for the next REF - I've taken a look at the 'Impact' guidance and provide a sort of quick (but not comprehensive) overview of the key points relating to public engagement.
Dr Holly Reeve, Project Manager and Co-Investigator of the HydRegen project (Department of Chemistry), has been awarded the MPLS British Science Association Media Fellowship and will be working at the Mirror this July.