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Public Engagement at Manchester


Our useful links have been categorised into the following sections:

For the public

Take a look at some of the great public and community engagement activities taking place across the University of Manchester:

The University of Manchester: Engaging our Communities - At Manchester our commitment to our core goal of social responsibility ensures we are a highly engaged university. By engaging and partnering with a range of people and organisations beyond the University, we are harnessing our knowledge, resources and visitor attractions to make a difference in our local communities and wider society. We run a diverse range of public and community events, ranging from open days and public lectures to festivals and musical concerts. See our Events listing pages.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health - Our school and community events aim to inform and enhance research activities. Our students participate in various widening participation programmes, and our researchers work to develop community liaisons and clinics to bring together patients, carers and community members to contribute to all clinical medicine. We offer opportunities for public/patient contributors to shape our research and teaching, and offer a support programme of training and resources including a Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) toolkit.

Faculty of Humanities - Explore the different ways we collaborate with schools and colleges. The activities are designed to enrich the curriculum, to stretch and challenge learners and can take place both on and off campus. These activities focus on the following areas: Primary learners; Secondary learners; and Post 16 learners.

Faculty of Science and Engineering - Our faculty is committed to sharing the activity and benefits of higher education and research with the wider community. We carry out a wide range of activities across our nine Schools, reflecting the strong public interest in our work and in line with our aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Department of Materials - Outreach and public engagement activities are important to us. We can offer practical help and teaching resources for GCSE and A-Level Curricula, and we run Residential Summer School, enabling students to put science into practice with the help of our scientists and engineers.

Widening Participation - At the University of Manchester we have developed a comprehensive and exciting programme of activities for prospective students. We are mindful of the need for learners to be able to access high-quality information, advice and guidance about higher education and work with primary, secondary and further education students as well as teachers, careers advisers and parents.  We also offer a fantastic range of STEM activities and events that are designed specifically for schools and colleges, and led by our colleagues within academic Faculties and Schools.

Confucius Institute - The University of Manchester is host to one of the first Confucius Institutes in Britain, providing resources that promote Chinese language and culture to schools, to the University community and to the general public. The Manchester Confucius Institute has two agendas: language teaching and teacher training and promoting the understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary China. We have established ourselves as the centre of Chinese language learning and the hub of Chinese culture in the North West.

Department of Chemistry - As one of the largest chemistry departments in the country, we take very seriously our duty to tell the public about the research they are funding; we also are keen  that our science is seen in a positive light, in order to ensure that everyone knows a little about what the world is made of. (We also do a lot of fun stuff).

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences - We run a number of activities for students studying for A-levels  in Geography or Geology, including Moon Rocks for Real, Earth Experience, and Big Waves. In addition to schools visiting us here in Manchester we also providing Schools and Colleges with the opportunity to have a guest lecture by a senior member of our academic staff.

Dalton Nuclear Institute - Community Engagement - We are committed to communicating clearly and effectively with the wider public to provide information on nuclear-related issues. We put great emphasis on external engagement and using a wide variety of opportunities to raise general awareness about nuclear energy. We proactively engage in local and regional initiatives and work with museums and schools to inform the nuclear debate. Our community outreach activities help to inform the wider public about nuclear energy technology and the role nuclear power plays as part of a low-carbon energy portfolio to provide a secure supply of power to meet energy demands. We also provide information on issues such as nuclear waste management, a current topic of public debate in the context of public consultations about a location for a geological disposal facility in the UK.

Collaborative research with non-academic partners - Our Business Engagement Support Team engages with external partners from the public, private and third sectors, including voluntary and community groups, enabling them to harness our expertise. The term business engagement includes consultancy and collaborative research to professional development and student placements.

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For our staff and students

There’s a wealth of information and opportunities out there to help get you started in public engagement. Here are some useful places to visit to get you started.

Public engagement training opportunities - we offer a host of training and development sessions for staff and students.

Public engagement funding opportunites - Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF); Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; Faculty of Humanities; and Faculty of Science and Engineering; ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

Nuffield Research Placements - Post-16 students can apply for a placement allowing them to work alongside practicing researchers in leading scientific research institutes, universities and industry during their summer holidays. Researchers can apply to be a host and student mentor.

Brilliant Club Scholars Programme- The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities. The University works in partnership with The Brilliant Club.

Widening Participation Fellow - paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Annual calls open to all non-final year PhD students. (See the 2020/21 call).

MAP Tutor - a scheme supporting the progression of talented local sixth form (Year 12) students into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university through the completion of a portfolio of work. Annual calls open to all PhD students (See the2019/20 call).

National Co-ordination Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) - We support universities to engage with the public and provide practical tools and resources to help you engage more effectively. Become a public engagement ambassador and access funding to attend events, participate in networking activities, and share what you are learning.

The University of Sheffield Public Engagement Toolkits - These handy toolkits cover a range of public engagement topics including: what is public engagment, evaluating public engagement, organising a public engagement event, communicating with non-specialists, working with partners. In addition to the tookits, there are a set of public engagement masterclasses with guest presenters which have been recorded.

University of Bath - Engaged Case Studies - Across the University there are researchers active in public engagement who between them undertake a huge diversity of engaged research. This section captures just some of that activity through case studies aimed at informing and inspiring both those new to engaged research and those more experienced and looking for new ideas.

University of Bristol - Public Engagement Stories - This site presents a host of public engagement case studies from inspiring young people, to informing decision making.

REF 2014 Impact Case Studies - A searchable database of impact case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The case studies outline changes and benefits to the UK economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, the environment and quality of life and impacts in these sectors beyond the UK. Case studies have been tagged with information about fields of research, impact types and location of activity to enable indexing and faster searching.

British Science Association - We provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, discuss and challenge the sciences.  We seek to achieve that by connecting science with people: promoting openness about science in society and affirming science as a prime cultural force through engaging and inspiring adults and young people directly with science and technology, and their implications. As a supporter you will receive free communications from us including regular updates on what is happening at the Association, event news in your area and the latest science news.