Public engagement at the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol engages with a wide variety of partners to enrich the direction, quality and outcomes of research and teaching. Many academic departments across the disciplines have amassed extensive experience of engagement with schoolchildren, adult learners, communities and the general public, both directly and via the media. Bristol students also have a distinguished track record of engagement with local communities. It is part of the fabric of our institution and is well respected in academic life.

Public engagement is driven by senior leadership

The Engaged University Steering Group (EUSG) is responsible for developing and overseeing the engagement strategy. Chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, EUSG joins colleagues with professional interests in engagement with senior faculty representatives. The EUSG published its first vision for an engaged university in 2004, and its latest strategy in 2014. Documentation for the group is available.

We build public engagement into the institutional mind-set

Our Engaged University strategy is designed to be a lens through which engagement activities across the University can be viewed, and to enable better cross-linking between these activities and those involved in their delivery. Our priorities are:

Public engagement is recognised and celebrated

Public engagement has been part of promotion criteria and departmental reviews since 2010; in 2015 engagement and impact were included in teaching and research within academic role profiles and promotion and progression criteria. 

Each year the University Engagement awards celebrate outstanding achievement in engagement; researchers at any stage of their careers may participate.

Embedding public engagement

In partnership with the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol hosts the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, which shares best practice within and beyond the higher education community.