We have recently taken on our new and exciting roles as PGR Public Engagement Fellows for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty is committed to encouraging and facilitating ‘Engaged Research’; a broad term which encompasses all aspects of public engagement, co-creation and impact. It launched the Engaged Research Network earlier in the year and it’s our job to build on this network!
Firstly, we’d like to draw your attention to a range of resources that already exist to support you. Our Engaged Research Toolkit contains a number of checklists, designed to give you advice and guidance before carrying out certain research activities, including public lectures or performances; media appearances; influencing policy and practice; producing a cultural artefact; collaborative projects.
At our Engaged Research Network launch events, one of the most common concerns raised was about capturing impact. These checklists have plenty of suggestions about how to go about this, and you can also utilise our online reporting tool where you can record this impact. This provides a record for you but also allows us to monitor activities and look for further potential. We urge you to make use of these resources and also to give us feedback on them.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be putting a number of projects in place to help further support and facilitate engaged research. For instance, we are:
- Adding to the toolkit with a repository of useful information and a guide to Parliamentary outreach activities.
- Calling for postgraduates within the Faculty to contribute to a series of PGR engaged research case studies, which will feature in a series on this blog.
- Planning a calendar of events for the first semester of the next academic year, including workshops, ‘show and tell’ seminars, training and networking events.
- Calling for presentations from academic staff on their engaged research to contribute to some of these events.
- Revamping the Engaged Research and Impact pages on the HUMSS Faculty web space. We plan on making this a hub for the toolkit, events and information about and case studies on current projects and outputs.
We’ll be back in touch soon with a programme of events and other information! In the meantime, if you can think of another way we could facilitate your engaged research or if you would like to get involved with our initiatives, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Garnett & Gemma Scott
PGR Public Engagement Fellows