Supporting Public Engagement: An Internal Review

The Public Engagement Unit at University of Bath builds and sustains institutional capacity for public engagement and aims to support any researcher no matter their discipline or prior experience of engagement.

In 2017 I was commissioned by the team to help take stock of their work over the last four years and produce strategic guidance to inform future direction. Specifically the evaluation sought to answer a number of key questions:

  • How much and what types of engagement do researchers undertake without the support of the PEU Why and when might a researcher turn to the unit for support?
  • What are the outcomes and impacts arising from the support from the Unit offer?
  • How (if at all) do researchers support other researchers in their department?
  • How do researchers articulate and measure the outcomes from Public Engagement?
  • Are there any key areas public engagement in which researchers feel challenged?

The final report provided an overview of the outcomes and impacts arising from the support offered by the PEU, and set out key recommendations for developing their internal seed fund, training and ongoing one-one support. The report also informed a successful bid to the UKRI SEE PER Grant.

Image: Bath Taps into Science, University of Bath


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