Engagement Opportunities

A researcher showing a little boy a model of the brain

There are a number of ways to get involved in public engagement at the University of Bristol. As well as opportunities in your School or Faculty, there are a range of opportunities coordinated by the Public Engagement team or by external organisations.

Opportunities from the Public Engagement team

Support sixth form students at the EPQ Mentoring Fair: Wednesday 7th November, 1.45-3pm - Anson Rooms, Students' Union

The University supports local sixth form students (Age 16-18) completing the Extended Project Qualification, where students write a research project around a topic of their choice. The mentoring fair is an opportunity for students to spend an hour discussing their projects in small groups and receive advice from researchers who work in similar areas. We are looking for researchers of any career stage and faculty to be mentors for this one-off session. A training session will be offered for mentors to get advice from a teacher (24th Oct, 2.30-3.30pm). This is a great opportunity to develop your skills in working with young people and expand your public engagement experience. Contact Ellie Cripps for more information asap.


FUTURES - European Researchers' Night
Together with the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, the Public Engagement team have been awarded a grant to host European Researchers' Night (called FUTURES in Bristol and Bath) in 2018 and 2019. The events take place on the last Friday in September. FUTURES 2018 showcased the varied and cutting-edge research taking place at the University with researchers, technicians and postgraduate students from getting involved to engage various public groups with their research. Activities took place in venues across Bristol and Bath including We The CuriousThe IslandBristol's Central Library and The Holburne Museum.
A similar series of events will take place in 2019 on Friday 27th September. Further details will be confirmed soon so keep an eye on the FUTURES webpage. If you would like to hear more or register your interest, contact the FUTURES project coordinator Suzi Wright.


Come and make a Fun Palace: 6 and 7 October  

An arts and science event by, for and with Bristol’s communities. Join in to: develop your public engagement skills, receive 1:1 support and training, make new connections with community partners and have fun! This year’s theme is PATTERN! What patterns are there in your work? Think DNA, neurons, cells, diagrams, data, sound waves and more.
Fun Palaces planning get togethers: We are hosting two workshops on Wednesday 12th September (10:30 and 17:30 at Barton Hill Settlement) for anyone interested in or already planning arts/science PATTERN-themed Fun Palace events to share your research with Bristol's communities. RSVP for the get togethers via Eventbrite here or get in touch with Ellie Shipman to find out more!  

External public engagement opportunities

Take part in a festival
For many researchers festivals are a great introduction to public engagement as well as a lot of fun. They are an opportunity to showcase your work, reach different audiences and try out new engagement methods. Local and national opportunities include Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol's Festival of NatureCheltenham FestivalsHay Literary Festival, and the British Science Festival. For advice on getting involved in festivals contact your faculty Public Engagement Associate.

Speak at local discussion events and via the media
Speak at local science cafés, Café Philo, or join Speakezee. You could consider public participation events such as Involve. You can also engage through the media – try blogs such as PolicyBristol or the Cabot Institute, and follow the University’s social media accounts or create your own.

Be a STEM Ambassador
Inspire young people to learn about and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths by becoming a STEM Ambassador. You need to commit to visiting at least one school visit per year. Visit the Graphic Science website.

Work with a partner organisation

You could work with a partner organisation such as science centres, cultural and heritage organisations, which provide varied opportunities for researcher engagement. For advice on getting involved with a partner organisation, contact your faculty Public Engagement Associate.

Get support

We can meet with you one to one and offer tailored support to your needs. We have a Public Engagement Associate for each faculty to advise on public engagement with research, and an Engaged Learning team to help develop community based learning projects for your students.

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Take part in one of our flagship projectsA Fun Palaces event

Check out our flagship projects for ways get involved with our existing public engagement opportunities and engage with those outside the University.