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 SCIENCE + IDEAS FESTIVAL - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
NDS will be taking part in the festival and will be exhibiting in Westgate Shopping Centre on Saturday 19 October and in Oxford Town Hall within the Explorazone on Sunday 20 October from 12 noon to 5pm. Please contact Louise King if you would like to be involved. We are looking for help on the stall with our hands-on activities. Please also get in touch if you are a researcher with an idea for an acitivity.
Exhibit your work at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2020
Each year over 14,000 members of the public, including 2,500 school students, visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.
Applications for exhibitors are now open - Closing date Tuesday 10 September at 3 pm.
Apply to exhibit here
PER Training opportunities – booking for this term now open
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.
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 first call for funding opened in June 2019; with a second call for funding in early 2020. Two levels of funding will be available: £10k - £30k and £50k - £100k.
Find out more here.
New funding model to replace the Public Engagement Fund
This autumn Wellcome will be announcing new partnerships that will allocate funding to innovative public engagement projects. This means the current Fund will close.
Read more about the changes 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 email@example.com 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.