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Public Engagement with Research

Public Engagement at Southampton - celebrating and moving forward Event

Researchers' Cafe in full swing
09:15 - 15:30
21 May 2015
All sessions will be in Building 34 (Education) on Highfield Campus. Please note that unfortunately the majority of small group sessions will not have wheelchair access, but the lunch-time Showcase and the afternoon Plenary will be accessible by wheelchair.

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Jo James on ext 24189 or email .

Event details

Building on the 2011 'Celebrating Public Engagement at Southampton' event, this one-day conference will comprise a selection of small group sessions/activities, a showcase of current/award winning engagement projects, and an opportunity for discussion/reflection on 'what next?' for Southampton as we aspire to be an Engaged University.

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The day is open to all University staff and students (particularly doctoral researchers), and may also be of interest to external partners or potential partners.  We hope you will be able to join us to help shape Southampton's engagement agenda.


To reserve your place please go to eventbrite.   You are welcome to come for part or all of the programme.

PROGRAMME (provisional - some elements may be subject to change)

09:15 Registration with tea/coffee

09:45 Why public engagement? - welcome and opener

10.20 small group workshops 1st session (choice of session from list below)

11:40 small group workshops 2nd session (further choice from list below)

Evaluating engagement - This session will draw on examples of evaluation from around the University and consider practical and methodological issues associated with different approaches. We will highlight existing expertise and propose a toolkit for best practice that can be drawn on (and contributed to) by researchers across the University.

What does collaborative practice mean - and what can you expect when engaging in collaborative practice?  (go to 'useful downloads' below to see more about this session)  

Public engagement and outreach – opportunities (how to get involved) & synergies (can there be a win-win for outreach and research impact) 

Public engagement in the curriculum - including exploring potential for a Curriculum Innovation Module

Public Engagement and research impact: Making it work for you - discover the engagement & impact lessons learned from REF 2014 - explore the opportunities for generating impact from your research - help to identify what the University can do to make it work for you. 

Public engagement in the digital environment - looking at online communities, moocs, web observatory project, WUN opportunities

What can we learn from Health? - Exploring Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) for models of working and measuring impact

12:50 LUNCH - with exhibits and networking - including 5 PER Projects,

Sea & Me

Researchers Café

Big Idea

Stories from Bones

Shared Vision (open spaces)

and 2014 Engage Award finalists:

Celestial Sirens

Marine Engineering Connections

Erica the Rhino

14:00 What next for Southampton?

Plenary and discussion session, including reflections on REF2014, issues and findings from small group sessions, and future direction for Engagement at Southampton. 

With: Paul Manners, NCCPE;  Tim Leighton, FEE; Claire Ballinger, CLAHRC Wessex; Judith Petts, PVC Research

15:30 Close - tea/coffee and further informal chat/networking

15:45 A Researchers' Café  will follow on immediately, for anyone would like to stay and find out more about oceanographic research.  See the website for speakers/topics.

Useful Downloads

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Speaker information

Paul Manners,National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE),Paul is Director of NCCPE, which seeks to support culture change in the HEI sector to foster a vital, strategic and valued contribution to 21st Century Society through public engagement activity. Specifically, NCCPE supports universities to increase the quality and impact of their public engagement activity. Originally trained as a teacher, Paul worked for twelve years at the OU as a producer of TV, radio and multimedia, and then joined the BBC as executive producer of a number of national public engagement campaigns. He advises a number of national organisations on learning and engagement, including the National Trust and the Science Museum.

Judith Petts,Judith is Pro-Vice-Chancellor with University-wide responsibilities for research and enterprise. Previously she was Dean of the Faculty of Social & Human Sciences, and she has over 30 years of interdisciplinary research experience, with significant contributions in the broad area of risk management including environmental governance and policy-making, environmental assessment, science-society relationships, and public perceptions and engagement.

Tim Leighton,Until recently Tim was Associate Dean Research and REF Champion for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. He is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics, has authored over 400 publications and appears on radio and TV across the world. His research covers acoustical oceanography, biomedical ultrasonics, marine zoological acoustics and sonochemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Claire Ballinger,Claire is part of the Research Team at CLAHRC Wessex, where she is the strategic lead for Public & Patient Involvement. She is an applied health researcher and an academic occupational therapist, with a research programme focusing on falls and fall prevention in older people, multidisciplinary rehabilitation more widely, and with a particular interest in qualitative research methods. She has been the lead or co-applicant on grants worth over £4,000,000, and has authored over forty five peer reviewed publications, ten book chapters and a research text. She has examined doctoral candidates in Australasia, Canada, Europe and the UK. Claire also sits on the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions panel and Methods group. In 2014 she was awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the College of Occupational Therapists in recognition of 'exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the profession'.

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