About us

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:

  • provide support for training, communications and accessing funding through email bulletins, web resources and individual approaches tailored to your needs
  • host events that bring together academics, students and the public such as Twilight Talks, exhibitions and other discussion events, promoted through our What’s on guide
  • capture case studies within our Public Engagement Stories collection
  • build an engagers’ network, a body of staff active in engagement through meetings of departmental engagement representatives and the University of Bristol Engage conference
  • collaborate with external organisations interested in engaging with the University through Engaged University fora and membership of groups such as the Bristol Natural History Consortium
  • share ideas about public engagement with other universities through the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

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.