The Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) provides support for public engagement at the University, working with those already involved and encouraging others to take their first steps. A small department within the Marketing and Communications Division of the University, the Centre works to:
Public engagement is already well established at the University and you can read about Public engagement - a Bristol tradition. In some cases, it takes place independently of the Centre for Public Engagement. That many departments have embraced public engagement as an integral part of their teaching and research is inspiring. This contributes to the shared process of building a positive internal environment for public engagement across the University. Examples of this engagement can be found in our brochure, Public Engagement at the University of Bristol (PDF, 862kB).
If you are experienced or completely new to public engagement and have any queries in this area please contact us.
Public Engagement is part of the University of Bristol’s core business and is integral to research and enterprise, and is a characteristic of teaching that is grounded in societal need. Our Engaged University Strategy has three core aims:
Across the University there is strong commitment to public engagement from all faculties, evidenced by some nationally and internationally acclaimed projects. Annually, over 71,000 members of the public, including school children, are involved in University-run engagement activity. Our Engaged University Steering Group is chaired by the University's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, and external members of this Group help ensure that our work is attuned to society’s interests. We work closely with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement on national issues, including working closely with HEFCE and the Research Councils on public engagement and the impact agenda.
Further information on the University of Bristol Engaged University strategy.
A copy of the CPE action plan (PDF, 45kB) is available for download.
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I am the first point of contact for community organisations wishing to work with the University, and for staff with queries about public engagement and impact. My role includes brokering partnerships with outside organisations, running the Engaged University Steering Group and directing the public engagement programme. Before joining the Centre I managed the public engagement programme at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and my background is in bioscience engineering.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18321
My role is to provide advice and support to staff and students wishing to get involved in public engagement activities. This includes helping researchers develop, evaluate and obtain resources for their projects and working with academics to articulate public engagement as part of Pathways to Impact statements and REF case studies. My background is in health psychology and education.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18324
I have overall responsibility for the provision of administrative support to the Centre.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18313
My role includes organising a programme of Twilight Talks throughout the year. Organising the University's contribution to Doors Open Day. Supporting the Academic Liaison Officer with the Engage Conference. Working with the Schools Partnership Coordinator. Organising and managing schools visits to our events such as Discover and also helping other activities such as Know your Bristol.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18318
I coordinate large-scale public engagement activities for the University of Bristol often in collaboration with other external organisations. I work with researchers and students to develop creative ideas for engagement. Before joining the Centre I coordinated the public engagement activities at the Barcelona Science Park and was involved in educational European projects on health and nanotechnologies. My background is in biology.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18315
I'm coordinating an RCUK-funded project called the School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI). The aim of this work is to build upon existing relationships with local schools, and engage school students with the cutting-edge research, enabling them to get involved themselves. Our key school partners are two Teaching School Alliances; the Cabot Learning Federation and the North Somerset Teaching School Alliance, led by Backwell School.
Tel: +44 (0)117 92 88996
I support the work of the Centre by managing the communications activities and ensuring that both the University community and wider public are kept up-to-date on engagement projects and opportunities. I manage the Centre’s print publications including the What’s On guide of University events and the Public Engagement Stories and departmental websites. I also oversee the Centre’s social media outlets and am here to help academics to promote their public engagement work and keep them aware of opportunities via the Engagers’ Digest blog and newsletter.
Tel: +44 (0)117 92 17730
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18313
I am working on the Thinking Futures Festival 2014. Thinking Futures is a week-long Festival from the 1 - 8 November to share and celebrate research from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. The programme comprises a wide variety of events for the general public, schools, policy-makers and third sector organisations, held in Bristol and beyond.
Eleanor Rogers, Bristol Bright Night Intern
I am working on the 2014 Bristol Bright Night event which will celebrate Bristol's place as a home for cutting-edge research through a free showcase of interactive, hands-on activities including exhibitions at At-Bristol, talks at the Watershed and street performances on the 26 September 2014.
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18313