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Research Engagement

Public Engagement is a key component of the modern academic's portfolio. Increasingly, research funders expect that engagement takes place during the research lifecycle. This may be through co-creation of research, dissemination of research outputs or outreach activities.

Engaging with the public

The public engagement team can support the integration of engagement activity within research, for example:

  • Facilitating links between researchers with external stakeholders and the wider public.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of engagement projects, including sourcing funding.
  • Sharing opportunities for training and professional development in engagement skills.
  • Promotion of engagement events.
  • Or just discussion of your ideas.

To contact a member of the team email: engageuclan@uclan.ac.uk

People@UCLan

Visit the current opportunities page to find out how to get involved with the research and learning. You could participate in research, talk about your life experiences to students, or represent your business community.

Engagement research

Our public engagement research focuses on the impacts of widening participation and public engagement activities, in both science and access to higher education more widely. Recent publications include:

  • Canovan, Cherry (2019). More than a grand day out? Learning on school trips to science festivals from the perspectives of teachers, pupils and organisers International Journal of Science Education, Part B.
  • Research report: Learning on School Visits to Science Festivals (2019)
  • Canovan, Cherry (2019). “Going to these events truly opens your eyes”. Perceptions of science and science careers following a family visit to a science festival. Journal of Science Communication, 18 (02).
  • Canovan, Cherry and Luck, Christiane (2018). Seeing for yourself: How ‘ambient information’ shapes parental attitudes to higher education. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 20 (4). pp. 148-168. ISSN 1466-6529