Public engagement guides and resources

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Resources for teachers and researchers

PERFORM brought early career researchers (ECRs) together with performers, secondary school teachers and students to develop performance-based activities that explored Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the human dimension of science. These two PERFORM toolkits, one for ECRs and one for teachers (below), share key learning from the two rounds of bespoke training that took place in Spain, France and the UK between 2016 and 2018 as part of the Horizon 2020 PERFORM project. 

PERFORM: Teacher Toolkit

 
 

Teacher Toolkit Introduction

The performance and discussion-based activities in this toolkit will help students to develop key transferable skills, as well as a more reflective knowing of science in which they consider purposes, values and how science becomes reality.

PERFORM teacher toolkit introduction (PDF, 1,302kB)
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Performing Science Cards

These cards support students to explore ethical issues relating to scientific research and its impact on society. Each of the 6 sections is themed around one main ethical question and contains:

An Illustration; Instructions for a Performance Activity; Science and Society questions for deeper learning.

PERFORM teacher toolkit - performing science cards (PDF, 3,824kB)
  ‌PERFORM: Reliability of Scientific Knowledge

Meet the Scientists Videos

Five short videos introducing students to real science researchers from across Europe. Showing these videos to your students should help to de-mystify what it is like to be a scientist and maybe even challenge some stereotypes! This section also contains suggestions for how to use the videos in the classroom plus background information on each researcher and their field of research.
Each video is subtitled in French, Spanish and English.

PERFORM teacher toolkit - meet the scientists (PDF, 1,275kB)
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Guidance on integrating performance techniques into science lessons

This section addresses some of the challenges teachers might face in using performance exercises in science lessons, offering suggestions to help overcome these barriers.

PERFORM teacher toolkit - performance guidance notes (PDF, 194kB)
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Guidance on integrating discussion on science and society into lessons

This section addresses some of the challenges teachers might face in facilitating discussion in science lessons, offering suggestions to help overcome these barriers.

PERFORM teacher toolkit - discussion guidance notes (PDF, 323kB)

PERFORM: Researcher Toolkit

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Toolkit introduction

PERFORM brought early career researchers (ECRs) together with performers, teachers and secondary school students to develop performance-based activities that explored Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the human dimension of science.

This toolkit shares key learning from the two rounds of bespoke training for early career researchers (ECRs) that took place in Spain, France and the UK as part of the Horizon 2020 PERFORM project between 2016 and 2018.

 

PERFORM toolkit introduction (PDF, 483kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM introduction (printable version) (PDF, 2,299kB)

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Research Ethics and Integrity

This section outlines the fundamental responsibilities of the research community. It presents some existing frameworks for Research Ethics and Research Integrity, designed to provide researchers with a common basis for defining and implementing tangible and enforceable guidelines.

 

PERFORM research ethics and integrity (PDF, 88kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Research ethics and integrity (printable version) (PDF, 81kB)

 ‌PERFORM: Reliability of Scientific Knowledge

Reliability of Scientific Knowledge

This section examines the importance of reliability of scientific knowledge, for the scientific community and for society.

 

PERFORM: Reliability of Scientific Knowledge (PDF, 161kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Reliability of Scientific Knowledge (printable version) (PDF, 277kB)

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Wellbeing at work

There is growing evidence that researchers experience mental health issues. This section provides data from studies, examples of how researchers can build healthy work environments, and tips to ensure wellbeing.

PERFORM: Wellbeing at Work (PDF, 99kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Wellbeing at Work (printable version) (PDF, 84kB)

 PERFORM illustration: research that listens

Values in science

This section explores the ways in which values intersect with science. It introduces the core values of the scientific community and invites participants to make their own manifesto based on the ideal values of their academic community.

PERFORM: Values in science (PDF, 143kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Values in science (printable version) (PDF, 274kB)

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Reflexivity in research

This section invites researchers to reflect on how their cultural background and personal identity can influence their research activity. It introduces feminist epistemologies that propose a framework of ‘situated knowledge’ and ‘strong objectivity’, through which the reflexivity of researchers on their specific position can enable an increased objectivity.

PERFORM: Reflexivity in research (PDF, 148kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Reflexivity in research (printable version) (PDF, 275kB)

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Responsible Research and Innovation

This section introduces Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as defined by the European Commission and explores two key aspects of RRI – public engagement and anticipation of possible applications of research.

PERFORM: Responsible research and innovation (PDF, 137kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Responsible research and innovation (printable version) (PDF, 260kB)

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Performance approaches for exploring RRI

Performance methods, including the use of tools such as narrative and character, can be effective for opening up discussion on complex ethical issues in an engaging manner. This section explores the rationale for these approaches and proposes a straightforward performance activity for you to use, taken from the PERFORM project.

PERFORM: Performance approaches for exploring RRI (PDF, 149kB)

Printable version:

PERFORM: Performance approaches for exploring RRI (printable version) (PDF, 274kB)

 

Researcher toolkit videos


Watch the toolkit videos that were developed alongside these guides.

Watch the four videos on YouTube
*PERFORM illustrations are copyright Harriet Lee-Merrion 2018
  

Resources on collaborative research

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Practicalities of Collaborative Research

A University of Bristol guide to the practicalities of doing collaborative research

Practicalities of collaborative research (PDF, 175kB)

 

Ethical Considerations of Collaborative Research

A University of Bristol guide to the ethical considerations to take into account when doing collaborative research.

Ethical considerations (PDF, 455kB)

 

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Getting Paid

A guide to claiming payments from the University of Bristol for external partners.

 Getting paid (PDF, 158kB)
 

Resources on engaging with schools

SUPI Evaluation Toolkit

Our SUPI evaluation toolkit aims to provide support for anyone at the University of Bristol who would like to evaluate their public engagement activities with schools.

Evaluation Toolkit (PDF, 777kB)