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Public Engagement with Research

Funding

Seed funding for Public & Community Engagement projects

Our Public & Community Engagement (PCE) Development Fund supports researchers, staff and external collaborators to develop and pilot engagement activities via an annual Call.  The Fund has supported numerous projects over the years, with many going on to attract other funding, develop partnerships and take new and fruitful directions beyond the initial work.  Take a look at our Case Studies to find out more about some of these.

This year's call is now closed - the next call will be July 2022.  If you are external to the University and interested in the potential to bid for seed-funding next time round, please contact us at peru@soton.ac.uk in the first instance.

We have more information for University staff/researchers on our sharepoint site.

PROJECTS IN RECEIPT OF FUNDING FOR 2021/22:

Awards in Strand 1 - Civic University: Co-creation/co-production with local partners

Death Rituals and the Mexican Day of the Dead in Covid19 times

A community-engaged art project exploring the effect of the Covid19 pandemic on ideas of death and commemoration of the dead.  Project Lead: Jane Lavery - Modern Languages.

'The rollercoaster journey, the search for light': video co-creation with young people for young people

Giving voice to young people with experience of chronic pain treatments, to share their lived experiences and create awareness.  Project Lead: Rhiannon Joslin - Health Sciences.

Foot Health Partnership Project

A community partnership project in the heart of the City, with podiatry students and Age UK Southampton.  Project Lead: Lindsey Cherry - Health Sciences.

Building a university-community social enterprise partnership

Collaborative development of pilot social enterprise projects with community partners at the university community interface.  Project Lead: Pathik Pathak - Social Impact Lab.

Micro-Pet Community Bus

Exploring human relationships with invisible nonhumans - with researchers, community bus-drivers, cleaners and passengers.  Project Lead: Emma Roe - Geography.

Engagement Activities for Home/grown SO14

Engaging with inner-city residents to address local social and health issues and build community.  Project Lead: Pathik Pathak - Social Impact Lab.

Rewilding the Mind

Tackling mental health issues in a creative, nature-inspired, adventure-filled way.  Project lead: Andy Lai - Chinese Associate Southampton; with Dawn-Marie Walker - Health Sciences.

Green and blue prescribing

Improving health and promoting pro-environmental behaviours through research and site-specific theatre.  Project Lead: Michelle Smith - Theatre for Life CIC; with Kath Woods-Townsend - LifeLab.

Is this street made for me?

Exploring the role of roads in our wellbeing and how we use them to connect or disconnect from the world around us.  Project Lead: Claudia Murg - We Make Southampton; with Alan Wong - Engineering.

Awards in Strand 2 - Developing citizen science engagement approaches

Routes to using digital pysychological support in Motor Neurone Disease

A collective exploration bringing together people with MND, their carers, healthcare professionals, and volunteer-supporters.  Project Lead: Cathryn Pinto - Psychology.

Footnotes: an investigation of the perceptions of feet

Citizen scientists and education providers explore narratives about feet: perceptions, diversity, shape, pathology/injury and heritable conditions.  Project Lead: Emma Cowley - Health Sciences.

How would you HAND-le this? The power of public involvement in hand-related research

Developing a resource to explore what it is like to live with hand osteoarthritis; brining lived-experience insights into the design of healthcare technologies.  Project Lead: Tina Munyebvu - Engineering.

Wild Citizens! Enabling children to become active environmental citizens

Equipping and supporting primary school children to become active citizen scientists and citizen environmentalists.  Project Lead - Andri Christodoulou - Education.

Awards in Strand 3 - Reflective Practice for Public & Community Engagement

Reflecting on an arts-based approach to belonging

Exploring the potential of arts-based activities in facilitating friendships/belonging for people with profound learning disabilities.  Project Lead: Melanie Nind - Education.

Evaluating Community Engagement in Heritage

Testing a co-created evaluation framework with funders, practitiioners and communities.  Project Lead: Makanani Bell - Archeology.

Exploring reflective artistic practice with vulnerable community groups - understanding bone health

Seed funding for Public & Community Engagement projects

Our Public & Community Engagement (PCE) Development Fund supports researchers, staff and external collaborators to develop and pilot engagement activities via an annual Call.  The Fund has supported numerous projects over the years, with many going on to attract other funding, develop partnerships and take new and fruitful directions beyond the initial work.  Take a look at our Case Studies to find out more about some of these.

The call for this year is now closed, the next call will be July 2022.

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