Resources

Guidance on engagement
Our Public Engagement Associates are the first point of contact for those wishing for advice and guidance on public engagement.  There are also many sources of online guidance around different aspects of engagement:  

Funding
We coordinate the Public Engagement seed funding scheme which aims to enable our academics to carry out high quality engagement activities with publics and communities. The scheme is particularly focused on engagement activities that expand learning and practice and that lead to outcomes beyond the activity itself.  Click on the links below to access the guidance and the application form; you should also discuss your proposal with our Public Engagement Associates.  The next deadline for applications is the close of play on Friday 13th April.

In addition, RED tracks research-related funding opportunities, which can include public engagement components; our Public Engagement Associates can also help with funding schemes specifically aimed at public engagement.

Training
We deliver public engagement training for staff and postgraduate students through the CREATE programme and the Bristol Doctoral College.  Where possible, we can develop more specific and bespoke training and we encourage staff writing grants to include costs for training in their proposals. For approximate costing and advice on programme design contact us

Evaluation
Evaluation tells you about what has worked, what hasn’t, and the value of the activity for different audiences. Funders usually require evaluation, and it can also be helpful for your own reflection, reports and for colleagues. 

Consider evaluation during the planning stage to identify what you are trying to achieve and how you will measure success. Objectives should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. More information about setting objectives: the RCUK evaluation guide.

You can use surveys, voting, focus groups and structured or semi-structured interviews as well as anecdotes and informal observations as part of your evaluation. Setting clear objectives will help you identify the appropriate tools to use.

Engage conference
Our biennial conference facilitates discussion and sharing of good practice on how the University is building connections with public groups and organisations. Get inspired by current activities and meet and exchange ideas with potential partners.

Case studies
Get a flavour of the diversity of public engagement work at the University with our Public Engagement Stories

Our newsletters
Subscribe to our monthly What's On guide for public University events, or the bi-monthly Engagers' Digest for funding opportunities, training, news and more for those interested in public engagement. Register for either by emailing cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk or fill in your details to subscribe to the Engagers' Digest:

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with a particular focus on engagement activities that expand learning and practice