Effective public engagement informs research, enhances teaching and learning, and increases our impact on society. The Public Engagement Unit at UCL works to make engagement a core part of the work of the University, and of the student experience. Staff from the Public Engagement Unit are on hand to provide advice at all stages of a project, and produce useful guidelines for planning and evaluation. They support staff and students involved in activities such as:
- Telling public groups about our work
- Supporting communities with our expertise
- Nurturing a society in which the next generation want to take part in research, teaching and learning
- Letting people outside the University contribute their research and knowledge to our programmes.
- Taking part in dialogue about the direction of our research and teaching
- Creating knowledge in collaboration with communities and interest groups outside the University
So now it’s over to you! Do you have a good idea that connects the public with your research or teaching? If you’re a member of staff or a postgraduate research student at UCL, apply for a Beacon Bursary and see your idea become a reality.
Find out more, and download the application form, from the website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/public-engagement/funding/bursaries
To help stimulate some ideas, you could look at what UCLMS staff have previously done with their Beacon Bursaries.
- Anita Berlin used a Beacon seed innovation grant to complete a project looking at “building public engagement into the education of tomorrow’s doctors,” work commended by the GMC in their recent QABME report.
- Kath Woolf, Jayne Kavanagh and Luci Etheridge put on the Reel Health Stories film competition, where local people submitted films that told their own story about healthcare. The films are used to teach medical students across years about the patient perspective, and gave a powerful context to year 1 and 2 lectures during our recent NHS Change Day initiative. The films can be viewed on the website.
What are you waiting for? Apply now.