Why engage?

Quote on PE from VC Hugh Brady

Public engagement can:

  • create conversations that deepen researchers' understanding of their work and generate new insights
  • increase the relevance and impact of research for communities outside the University
  • provide opportunities to generate collective solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems facing society
  • make research more accessible and encourage people from all backgrounds to feel included in the academic world
  • create accountability to tax payers whose contributions fund research via the government
  • help researchers develop communication and interpersonal skills 
  • fulfil research funders’ expectations for public engagement