Current projects

We run projects to build our staff and students' capacity and confidence to engage, create connections with community and cultural partners and to provide a supportive culture of engagement across the University. Below are some examples of our current projects. For more information about any of these projects, get in touch with the Public Engagement team.

Thinking Futures

Man laughing in workshop.Thinking Futures is the University's festival of social sciences. The festival explores the unique ways in which social sciences help us think about and imagine our collective futures, in collaboration with communities and organisations across the city. It is part of the ESRC's national Festival of Social Science. The festival brings together researchers and communities to explore topics that are relevant to both through interesting, creative and innovative activities. It runs during the first week of November. For more info contact Ben Meller.

Thinking Science

People discussing at tablesThinking Science is a collaborative project between our team, the Centre for Science and Philosophy and the Cabot Learning Federation to create resources based on Philosophy of Science research. The resources map onto the secondary school science curriculum and are free for science teachers to use. We also coordinate training to accompany the resources which aim to improve students' thinking skills and engagement with science and increase teachers' confidence in facilitating dialogue activities in the science classroom. For more information contact Ellie Cripps.

EPQ Mentoring

Workshop settingEPQ Mentoring provides support and guidance for sixth form students undertaking the Extended Project Qualification alongside their A Levels. University academics and postgraduate students support the students by providing subject-specific knowledge and advice on developing research methodology and skills at a "Mentoring Fair" every year in November. Mentoring students in the EPQ is open to researchers at all career stages and is a great stepping stone to other forms of engagement with schools. Register your interest in taking part in future events by getting in touch with the Public Engagement team.

Public Art at the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

Three artists from the TQ residencyIn 2018-19 three artists were commissioned as artists-in-residence alongside the early development of the new campus site. Two interdisciplinary artists Jay Bernard, Paul Hurley and poet Vanessa Kisuule produced VR, film and poetry that reflect on questions of place and the intersection of different communities and voices around the site. From September 2019, an ambitious three-year programme of public art will run alongside the campus development. Curated by the Contemporary Art Society and involving art organisations and communities across the city, this programme will include three large scale commissions. For more information contact Martha Crean.

Curiosity Challenge

Workshop table for Curiosity Challenge (credit We the Curious)We have been collaborating with the Jean Golding Institute and We The Curious to create this competition for researchers to design a new exhibit for We The Curious as part of their redevelopment. The aim was to create a “Curiosity Toolkit” which visitors could interact with to develop some of the skill needed to be a researcher and for their ideas to feed into current data science research. The winners were Oliver Davis and his team from the Integrative Epidemiology Unit. All the partners will work together to create the Toolkit over the coming months. For more information contact Ellie Cripps or visit the Curiosity Challenge webpage.


Group standing in a circleRe-Cognition is a European Horizon 2020 funded project delivered in collaboration with partners across Europe (Italy, Greece, Romania, Switzerland, Netherlands, Slovenia). The project aims to enable zero-energy buildings by creating buildings that utilise and store energy from multiple renewable energy technologies (i.e. solar, wind). By pairing this technology with AI software that can learn the exact energy requirements of the building at any time, buildings will be able to efficiently produce and use their own energy. Through training, focus groups and public engagement initiatives we will challenge partners to anticipate the positive and negative impacts of the project on society. For more information contact Hannah Berg or visit the Re-Cognition website.