Public Engagement and Impact of Research (London)
National History Museum, 23 March 2010
To "encourage and enable regional colleagues to share approaches to researcher development and also to identify and engage non-HEI stakeholders from the region" the London Hub ran this event in March 2010.
Quality of output and who benefited:
The event gave participants an idea of how they could enhance and broaden the provision of training and development for their researchers. It also highlighted sources of information and support to develop their own programme around public engagement and demonstrated "live examples" of good practice.
Attendees were comprised of those involved in the support of the personal development of researchers.
What leadership did Vitae show?
The London Hub gathered a wide range of expertise in the public engagement area and, thanks to the HEFCE speaker, ensured the event was held in the context of the REF. PE was highlighted as important not only to enhance the port-folio of what‘s on offer for researchers but that it is also crucial in the economic climate to be able to explain and justify research to a wide range of stakeholders.
Impact on the audience:
As a result of the event, the University of East London has devised and run a course on PE.
The London Hub has also engaged a new set of stakeholders who were not previously as engaged.
Quotes from participants:
"One of the most interesting (+entertaining) Vitae events I've ever attended. Liked that it was a half-day session. Venue= very good. Thank you"
"I was expecting the afternoon to be more about how to get researchers interested in being involved with public engagement, but I think the actual format was much more inspiring at a fundamental level."
The event enabled the London Hub to develop links with the Beacons and provided the opportunity to work closely with one of our non-HEIs stakeholders - the Natural History Museum.
Stakeholders indicated that a further event on public engagement would be beneficial to meet their needs. Vitae and the NCCPE will work together to investigate the scope of a new event.