By Dr Caroline Gillett, Research Engagement Officer At the very end of November 2018 the core PER team (Leah Fitzsimmons and myself, Caroline Gillett) travelled up to Edinburgh for what was the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s (NCCPE) 10th birthday year and their 10th ENGAGE event. For those who don’t know, ENGAGE is the annual conference for public engagement … Continue reading “Engage 2018 – Notes from the NCCPE’s 10th birthday bash”
Author: Caroline Gillett
Consultation on REF2021 draft guidance and panel criteria: What does it say about public engagement?
In July 2018, draft guidance and panel criteria for REF 2021 were published for consultation. This follows the Stern review, which made the following recommendation about public engagement: “Recommendation 7: Guidance on the REF should make it clear that impact case studies should not be narrowly interpreted, need not solely focus on socioeconomic impacts but should also include impact on … Continue reading “Consultation on REF2021 draft guidance and panel criteria: What does it say about public engagement?”
Lapworth Lates – a ROAR-ingly successful pilot…?
For a while I’d been thinking about how the public engagement with research (PER) team might create a novel platform event to bridge arts and science research / practice together in a creative, entertaining and educational way… I’m a big fan of the revamped Lapworth Museum of Geology (re-opened in June 2016 following a £2.7 … Continue reading “Lapworth Lates – a ROAR-ingly successful pilot…?”
STFC launches Interact 2017 Evaluation Report in partnership with UoB
University of Birmingham, together with STFC, Institute of Physics and SEPnet are proud to launch the evaluation report from Interact 2017. Interact 2017 was a symposium whose aim was to cultivate a community of engagement practitioners within the physical sciences who develop high quality STEM engagement and encourage a culture of strategic and reflective practice. The symposium was a success with over … Continue reading “STFC launches Interact 2017 Evaluation Report in partnership with UoB”
PERspectives: Notes from the Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy (GEPES)
By now many of you will have heard the term ‘CRISPR’ in the news. CRISPR-Cas9, often shorten to ‘CRISPR’ (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a revolutionary genome editing technique that allows permanent modification of genes within organisms. To date much of the conversation around the use of this technology has been around its potential for treating … Continue reading “PERspectives: Notes from the Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy (GEPES)”
Media Engagement: Tips on where to start…
By Dr Caroline Gillett, Public Engagement with Research Officer. I scrawled some notes at a recent workshop on engaging with the media. I can’t take credit for these tips, but I hope by sharing them here the information can be of use to a few others! So… you are doing some exciting work and a … Continue reading “Media Engagement: Tips on where to start…”
Public Engagement and the REF: A process of judgement, not measurement…
I recently attended a NCCPE event featuring Steven Hill (Head of Research Policy, HEFCE) which addressed the relevant public engagement questions in the current HECFE consultation on the future of the REF. Question 23: What do you think about having further guidance for public engagement impacts and what do you think would be helpful? [Also discussed were Questions 15, 20, 21, … Continue reading “Public Engagement and the REF: A process of judgement, not measurement…”
Public Engagement in the REF: Where’s our ambition?
I recently attended a session, ‘Lessons from the REF’, run by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The day-long workshop focused on the outcomes of their review of the impact case studies and impact templates submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 which featured public engagement. Below are some of the key points I … Continue reading “Public Engagement in the REF: Where’s our ambition?”