Opportunities and resources for staff
Public Engagement with Research can lead to significant benefits for everyone involved, including researchers and research students, their institutions, and the many different publics in society.
Take a look at our list of opportunities for public engagement activities, funding and training.
IF Oxford 2020
IF Oxford is a science and ideas festival that explores innovative ideas and creative research, welcoming thousands of visitors to events in dozens of venues across the city.
NDS are participating in the festival again this year and the NDS Outreach Working Group are busy exploring ideas for a digital activity. Please contact Louise King if you are interested in being involved.
NCCPE Engage Festival 2020
Engage will take place online from Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December, bringing together the public engagement community across the UK. The call for contributions is out now, and there will be bursaries available for those wanting to curate something really innovative.
Closing date: Monday 31 August
Being Human Cafes 2020
The Being Human Festival team have launched a new way to get involved in this year's Being Human festival... Being Human Cafés. They are based on the idea that you can engage with some new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea.
Closing date: Tuesday 01 September at 1700 hrs
PER Training opportunities
We have a number of free training courses available to help you learn about and develop your public engagement skills. Unless otherwise stated these courses are available to all (DPhil students, researchers at all levels, and support staff). They are run jointly with MPLS. Find out more here.
The Conversation training
The Conversation is an online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics for the public in the UK and globally. Oxford is a member of The Conversation and receives regular opportunities for researchers to contribute articles and to take part in hands-on training to enhance writing and engagement skills. Details on training for researchers from the science Divisions is here.
UKRI's new citizen science fund
A new £1.5 million UKRI call opened on 8 June for researchers in ANY discipline (citizen science being ‘science’ in name only) to support research collaborations that take novel approaches to involving the public in research.
The closing date is Wednesday 9 September at 4 pm.
Further details and to apply: Citizen science collaboration grant
AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement
This scheme provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact.
Royal Society of Chemistry Funding
This grant scheme provides funding for chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.
Further details and to apply: Royal Society of Chemistry outreach fund
Enriching Engagement Grants Scheme
Enriching Engagement is a new pilot Wellcome-funded grants programme open to Wellcome grant holders and awardees at the University of Oxford, to develop and deliver Public Engagement with Research projects.
This pilot will offer a new way of encouraging, supporting and awarding Wellcome Public Engagement Enrichment grants.
The second call for funding will open in February 2020. Two levels of funding will be available: £10k - £30k and £50k - £100k.
Find out more here.
the STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards and Nucleus Awards
These grant schemes aim to support high quality programmes of public engagement that inspire and involve audiences with stories of STFC science and technology that meet the aims of their public engagement strategy. Funding available up to £100k. Further information can be found here.
Oxford Hands-On Science
Do you love science? Do you want to share this passion with others? Do you believe that science is fun, exciting and relevant to everyone? Then get in touch with Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS)! For more information, visit the OxHOS website.
STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They work with schools, colleges and others working with young people across the UK. Interested in becoming a STEM Ambassador? Learn more here.
Science Oxford runs science clubs and many other activities in schools and for the public.
Smart Talkers: The Academic Ideas Lab
The Academic Ideas Lab is regularly approached by TV and Film producers looking for academics, researchers, curators of all flavors as potential new presenting talent, to work on programmes as paid expert consultants and for other roles. To hear about the latest opportunities, sign up to the alerts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Subscribe to Smart Talkers’ as the subject.
Research for All Journal
Research For All is a journal focusing on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. Contributors and readers are from both inside and outside of higher education, including researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, community-based organisations, schools, businesses and the intermediaries who bring these people together. They are looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research. For more information: NCCPE Website
University public engagement resources
The University has compiled a hub of resources to help you plan, deliver and evaluate public engagement activities.
Medical Sciences Materials Suite
The Medical Sciences Divisional Office has a number of resources to support public engagement which can be loaned out to researchers. These include a suite of matching materials for events such as science fairs (including pull-up banners, tablecloths, and t-shirts) and tablets.
Oxford Sparks is the place to explore and discover science research from the University of Oxford. It aims to share our amazing science with everyone, support teachers to enrich their lessons and support our researchers to get their stories out there. They bring together resources and information from across the University.
Researchers' Toolkit PER Resources
On the Medical Sciences Division website you will find information about support, training, funding, events and activities, and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
'How to' Guide
What works: Engaging the public through social media
The NCCPE has worked with public engagement professionals and researchers from across the UK to co-develop a new ‘How to’ guide regarding social media and engaging the public.