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Public Engagement Support for Researchers

There are many benefits to be gained from engaging the public with research, ranging from encouraging people to actively think about science and to better understand the relevance of it to their daily lives, to increasing your profile, enhancing and developing your skills and opening up new opportunities for collaboration. 

Engagement activities can be very varied in their forms, so thinking about the kind of activity undertaken will vary depending on the purpose of the engagement.

Public Engagement Opportunities & Information

University of Cambridge Public Engagement Website

Visit for all the latest public engagement activities happening in Cambridge and sign up for their monthly e-bulletin here.

There are also lot of exciting training opportunities through the "Engaged Researcher" programme, covering all areas of professional engagement with research by combining expert lead practical workshops and taught sessions.

University of Cambridge Research News

Any exciting news to share? Contact the Research Communications team.

Rising Stars Public Engagement Training

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement and educational outreach for postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics at the University of Cambridge.  The dates for 2021 are yet to be released. Application deadline early January annually. More info here

Cambridge Festival 

A single festival for the University of Cambridge from the spring of 2021 to replace the existing Cambridge Science Festival and Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The new festival will be longer and have greater opportunity for family-focused events. 26 March - 4 April 2021 (programme published online 22 Feb 2021)

Pint of Science

The Pint of Science mission is "to provide a space for researchers and members of the public alike to come together, be curious, and chat about research in a relaxed environment outside of mysterious laboratories or daunting dark lecture theatres". This annual festival takes place 11-19 May 2021. More info here 

Funding for Public Engagement Activities

The Public Engagement Starter Fund is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

Applications for the 2021 round of funding are yet to be annouced.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) also a range of funding opportunities available to support public engagement activities.

Explore the many other different approaches to Public Engagement...

  • Understand the media - make your story newsworthy, consider your key message, target popular news outlets and influencers, consider specialist press
  • Use social media platforms, write a blog, and analyse uptake with on-line analytics tools. 
  • Be creative! Use videos, infographics and animation, interactive engagement through Game design, comedy.
  • Work with museums, schools, public spaces dedicated for engagement activities.

More ideas and guidance can be found on the NCCPE website.

Help with planning your REF impact

The University's 'Pathways to Impact' tool provides a step-by-step guide to planning research impact activity, with links to many useful resources:

Pathways to Impact Tool

The University's Public Policy Initiative has created this useful 'how to' guide for researchers:

How To Evidence and Record Policy Impact

A valuable external site to read more about recording meaningful impact is  Fast Track Impact