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The Public Engagement blog is a forum to share views, thoughts, feedback and generally chat about how the University of Manchester interacts with the public.

Policy Engagement Workshop for UoM researchers – 26 November

Policy Engagement Workshop  – Thursday 26 November 2020 via Online Delivery, 9am – 3pm for University of Manchester Researchers

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to attend please register your interest by emailing policy@manchester.ac.uk

This day long Policy@Manchester event is aimed at researchers from across The University of Manchester wishing to advance their policy skills.  The morning will be split into 3 separate interactive sessions:

  • Examining who are the decision-makers and considering the importance of research in good policy making.
  • Considering the role of politics in policymaking, where attendees will understand the competing influences on politicians  and policymakers’ decisions.
  • Looking at strategy and communication – how academics can engage with and influence policy development.

After lunch, participants will then hear from decision makers themselves talking about the importance of accurate and timely research, and specifically how select committees and MPs engage with universities and academics to inform policy.

There will be an opportunity to ask them some of your own questions before concluding the day with an open Q&A session.

The training will be provided by Quatro who have first-hand experience of working in Parliament, for a government minister and political parties, and extensive experience of designing and executing communication campaigns for a wide range of organisations.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to attend what promises to be an exciting training day please register your interest by emailing policy@manchester.ac.uk

If you have any questions, or need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Laura Jack, Events and Projects Coordinator, Policy@Manchester

Invitation to FameLab International Online Final 2020

Join us for the FameLab International Online Finals as contestants beam in from 20 countries across the world.

Who will take the title of International Champion 2020? Watch and comment as international science communicators deliver their three-minute performances to a distinguished panel of judges and a global online audience.

FameLab International 2020 –  https://www.youtube.com/user/famelab/

11-12 November 16:00 GMT – Semi-Finals
16 November 12:00 GMT – Announcement of Finalists
26 November 16:00 GMT– International Final

FameLab International is the world’s leading science communication competition owned by Cheltenham Science Festival and delivered globally by the British Council. At a time when public engagement with science is more important than ever before, the FameLab International 2020 Online Finals are enabling participants to build international connections with fellow scientists and share their knowledge with global audiences.

Paid Tutor opportunities for University of Manchester students – information session 11 Nov 2020

The new National Tutoring Programme was launched yesterday to schools as part of a coordinated approach to provide support to disadvantaged pupils whose education has been affected by school closures.

The University is supporting this work through supporting the recruitment efforts of educational charities we already have existing relationships with and who are some of the NTP’s delivery partners. This is namely through the Brilliant Club who recruit PhD student and the Tutor Trust who recruit current students and recent graduates.

The Tutor Trust is running a virtual information session for students interested in finding out more about these positions on Wednesday 11 November, 1pm – 2pm. To register complete this short survey – https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4K1l542I

Download further Tutor Trust Information Session info for students (doc)

The Trust is particularly keen to recruit students who have participated in the University’s widening participation programmes and who live locally, but the positions are open to all students.

If you would like more information about the work of the Tutor Trust more generally please contact Jenny.Muter@thetutortrust.org.

Science communication & public engagement during a pandemic

Online panel discussion hosted by Professor Alice Roberts followed by announcement of the winner of the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize – 3 November 2020, 18:00 – 19:00.

Science communication & public engagement during a pandemic. Is science writing the solution?

At a time when the whole world is looking to science for answers, scientific research is playing a highly visible role in our daily lives. How we find out about science has never been more important. Whether through daily television broadcasts, online news, social media, or reading a popular science book, the way science is communicated influences how we receive, understand, and act on scientific information. During the pandemic, the celebrations for the annual Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize have taken on an urgent relevance.


Find our more here – https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/11/science-book-prize/

British Science Association – Award Lectures – applications now open

The British Science Association are seeking applications for Award Lectureships at the British Science Festival 2021, which will take place from 7 – 11 September 2021.

To apply, please read the FAQs and complete the application form before 17.00 on 3 December 2020 – full details at: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures

About the Award Lectures:

The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and actively encourage early career scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. The applicants should be active, early career researchers who are skilled at communicating their research to the wider public. They should be available to present their Award Lecture during the British Science Festival which will be held in Chelmsford from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 September 2021, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.

The selected Award Lecturers will receive a £250 honorarium, public engagement training, as well as travel to and accommodation for the duration of the Festival.

Awards are available in seven different areas and seek to highlight the interdisciplinarity of science, research and innovation:

  • Social sciences
  • Engineering, technology and industry
  • Environmental sciences
  • Agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Physical sciences and mathematics
  • Digital innovation
  • Science and the arts

More details at: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures


Staff School Governor event: 18 November 2020

Wednesday 18 November, 12.30-1.30pm

University of Manchester staff – Becoming a school governor to support communities and develop skills

Now more than ever, schools need your support. There are hundreds of schools across the North West looking for people from broad backgrounds who can bring their skills to the table and support school improvement through effective governance. As a board level role, the school governor volunteering opportunity provides a real opportunity to make a difference in your community whilst utilising your expertise and developing new skills.

Governors for Schools is a national education charity committed to helping ensure excellent education. We recruit, match and support volunteers in the school governor role. As a member of the University of Manchester staff, you’re invited to find out how your skills can benefit a school. Hundreds of your colleagues already contribute their expertise in this way. This webinar will cover the role of school governing boards, how our free service works and the training we provide you with both before and after you are appointed as a school governor.

You’ll also hear more about the school governor initiative at the University and how you’ll be supported in your role.

To register, please visit


For more information about the school governor initiative at The University of Manchester please visit:


Festival of Social Science returns to Manchester 7-15 November 2020

2020 has been a challenging year seeing many famous festival and productions unable to proceed, but we are delighted to announce that the ESRC Annual Festival of Social Science is back in Manchester for its seventh year!

Academics from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford will be partnering up to present the very latest in social science research with a programme featuring over thirty events taking place between 7-15 November.

This year, the programme features events on a variety of themes including climate change, mental health and wellbeing, living with technology and, of course, the impacts of Coronavirus.

Events include:

For up-to-the-minute booking information and details of the events, please visit www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk, or search for #McrESRCFest on Twitter.


British Science Association – call for volunteers

Colleagues at the British Science Association are looking for academics/researchers/professionals working in Science and The Arts or Geography to be involved with the British Science Festival!

The British Science Association are looking for new Section Recorder volunteers in the fields of Geography and Science and The Arts.

If you’re a professional in one of these areas who is keen to engage the public with cutting-edge research on a national platform and expand your networks – then this could be the opportunity for you.

As part of this role, you’ll work alongside the British Science Festival team to develop relevant events for the Festival and advise on advancements in your field. Each year the Festival brings thousands of people together to excite, challenge and inspire.

The role offers budget to develop public events for the Festival, the opportunity to expand your networks, exposure to new ideas and support from the BSA who specialise in public engagement.

If anyone would like to discuss the opportunity just email Anna at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org

Deadline for expressions of interest is 17.00 on the 23 November. For more information, including the (short) application process: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/current-vacancies-at-the-bsa