Meet the team

Kate Miller, Head of Public Engagement

My role includes directing the public engagement programme and working with colleagues across the University to embed engagement in our structures and processes. I run the Engaged University Steering Group which oversees our strategy and priorities for engagement, as well as brokering partnerships with outside organisations. Before joining the team 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

Fiona Hyland, Deputy Head

I promote and support public engagement across the University and help deliver the Engaged University strategy. I manage the team’s major grant-based activities, and develop funding bids and opportunities to increase the capacity of staff and students to undertake engagement beyond academia. My background is in health psychology and education.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18324

Mireia Bes, Public Engagement Associate

My role is to provide advice and support to staff and students wishing to get involved in public engagement activities, working with the faculties of Health and Life Sciences. This includes helping researchers develop, evaluate and obtain resources for their projects and working with academics to articulate public engagement as a route to impact. Before joining the team 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

Ellie Cripps, Public Engagement Associate

Ellie Cripps CPE team SUPII provide advice and support for students and staff wishing to do public engagement in the faculties of Science and Engineering. This includes helping to develop ideas and evaluate activities, supporting funding applications and working with academics to articulate public engagement as a route to impact. Previously, I was Schools Liaison Officer in the team, managing the School-University Partnership Initiative and other school engagement activities. Before joining the University I managed the STEM Ambassador programme for Bristol and Bath, linking local schools with volunteers working in STEM..   

Tel: +44 (0)117 92 88996

Diane Thorne, Projects and Events Officer

Diane ThorneI work with colleagues across the team to support our activities and projects, including the Engage conference, Engagement Bites - lunchtime talks, our interactions with schools and a series of science cafes around synthetic biology. I also manage the What's On newsletter, Public Engagement website and social media content.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18318

Ben Meller, Public Engagement Associate: SPHERE

I work for the SPHERE project which will develop home sensor systems to monitor the health and wellbeing of people living at home. My role is to deliver the public engagement strategy for the project.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18325

Didier Laval, Public Engagement Associate for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health

curate and implement the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute's Public Engagement programme of activity. This programme ensures that the public voice is fed into EBI research and that EBI's research and other activities engage the local community effectively. I also advise EBI funded researchers on their public engagement plans and provide them with training, and advise Wellcome Trust funded fellows on applying for the Provision for Public Engagement grant scheme.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 17730

Vivienne Kuh, PERFORM coordinator

Vivienne KuhI am coordinator in the UK for PERFORM, a Horizon 2020 funded project in collaboration with universities and science engagement organisations in France and Spain. The project's aims are to develop young people's conceptions and awareness of scientists and scientific research, and to encourage scientists and science teachers to consider the purpose, values, and production of scientific knowledge in the context of society. Together, young people, scientists and science communication companies will explore these concepts through the creation of performances. My background is in creative projects at the intersection of academia, technology and the arts.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 88382

Alison Rivett, Evaluation Officer

Alison staff imageI provide guidance and support for the evaluation of public engagement and impact. I’m working with colleagues in the Public Engagement team to advise researchers on capturing impact, provide training opportunities and share good practice.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 17131

Hannah Tweddell, Engaged Learning Coordinator

Image of Hannah TweddellMy role is to establish community based learning projects for students. This involves identifying community partners who have a research need that could be met by a student’s dissertation project and managing the relationship with the community partner.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18313

Amy Walsh, Bristol Green Capital Partnership Liaison Officer

I work with Bristol Green Capital Partnership and its member organisations to provide opportunities for students to engage with the City through student research projects, volunteering and internships.  

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 18324

Ellie Shipman, Fun Palaces Ambassador

My role is Bristol’s Fun Palaces Ambassador hosted by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Public Engagement Team. Fun Palaces is a global campaign for culture at the heart of all community, encouraging locally-led arts and science events over an annual weekend of action every October. I help catalyse these events and promote collaboration and co-creation between researchers and local community groups, residents and partners whilst feeding in to a national Action Research programme. I am also a participatory artist and direct a collective called something good, something useful. My background is in Sustainable Development, community development and fine art.


Affiliated Members

Will Hunter, MRC IEU Engagement and Communications Associate 

Will Hunter‌I work closely with the researchers at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and coordinate projects and communications channels that bring their research to life in creative and playful ways. I sit with the Public Engagement team to make sure the work we do aligns with theirs. By providing training, facilitating meetings between artists and scientists and pushing the academics to think creatively about their work we manage to deliver a varied programme of engagement throughout the year. My background is in working with museums and music festivals that bring science to a wider public in unusual and unexpected ways. 

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 10097