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.
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.
PER Culture Change Fund
The PER Culture Change Fund is now open for applications. Proposals of £1.5k-4k welcome, for projects to help Oxford departments develop their capacity and confidence for public engagement with research. Projects could include training series, recognition schemes, staff buyout to develop a departmental PER strategy, pilot PER projects involving multiple researchers and staff, etc.
Applications via IRAMS; rolling deadline until May 2022 or when all funding has been awarded. Researchers & professional services staff can apply (students welcome as co-applicants).
ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at Oxford funding opportunities
Managed by the Social Sciences Division’s Research, Impact and Engagement Team, the £1.1 million ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) provides flexible funding options for a wide range of Knowledge Exchange activities with the intention of enhancing the impact of excellent social science research.
Webinar series: Have you thought of a career in medical research?
NDS and NDORMS are running a series of online talks where three researchers from medical departments in the University of Oxford discuss their work and their career. These ‘Have you thought of a career in medical research?’ webinars are aimed at Y12/13 students who might be considering medical research careers. If you are interested in giving a 10-minute talk about your career and research, please contact Louise King for more information.
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
Oxford Sparks is a portal for engaging with a wealth of exciting science taking place across the University. Alongside some shiny new branding, Oxford Sparks will be creating live action video content which will be shared across the Sparks website and social media channels. Would you like to share your research with others? Submit an expression of interest now!
Public Engagement Facilitators’ Network
The Public Engagement Facilitators’ Network is a University-wide network, which creates opportunities for shared learning and best practice in all things PER. This network is for professional services staff who actively support, facilitate and / or lead PER as part of their role. Come along to the next virtual event, which will explore examples of setting up new PER projects.
Contact: email@example.com to be added to the PEFN Team on Microsoft Teams and to receive the diary invite for the next meeting.
IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2022
IF Oxford is an opportunity for people to explore innovative ideas and creative research in and around Oxford. Combining science, technology, engineering and mathematics with arts and humanities, it brings together researchers, authors and creative professionals.
NDS will participate in the festival again this year. If you are interested in running your own activity at our interactive stall, please contact Louise King.
ATOM Festival of Science & Technology 2022
The ATOM Festival of Science & Technology takes place from the 1 to 21 June 2022.
Two major outreach opportunities exist for researchers wishing to communicate their work – The Family Science Fair (Friday 3 June) and The Science Market (Saturday 11 June). These are both great opportunities for Researchers wanting to improve their sci-comm and outreach skills, by providing live demonstrations or hands-on science activities.
If you are interested in running your own activity, please contact Louise King.
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.