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Public Engagement at Manchester

Case studies

From Patient and public involvement, to volunteering in the community, science and history festivals, podcasts, summer schools, and art and science collaborations, our case studies show the many ways in which our staff and students engage the public with their research.


Wriggly Rangoli Wriggly Rangoli

Large-scale public art (Rangoli) raises awareness of parasitic infections

Graphene Graphene

Giving everyone a chance to experience the wonders of nanotechnology

Science and the Short Story Science and the Short Story

Researchers worked with professional authors to write stories inspired by discoveries in neuroscience and genetics

Science and the Short Story Ketso

A ‘workshop in a bag’ for engaging with the public, wider stakeholders and research participants

+Culture Shots +Culture Shots

A week of events held in hospitals to promote the programmes of Manchester’s museums and galleries

Bright Club Manchester Bright Club Manchester

Researchers doing stand-up comedy, inspired by their research

Worldly Posessions All My Worldly Possessions

An intergenerational family open day exploring stories of Guernsey/Bury World War Two evacuees.


Public engAGement and Education for effective Research – public outreach workshops on clinical research

Think About It! Think About It!

Engaging with young women to explore feminism and their aspirations around education

Changing futures Changing Futures

Creating an educational resource in partnership with teenage patients, artists and researchers

Seeking perfection Seeking Perfection

Teenagers developed drama and music performances after working creatively with biomedical researchers

Multilingual Manchester Multilingual Manchester

Engaging with the city-region’s language diversity.


The UK Schools Computer Animation Competition Animation Competition

A national competition to excite 7-19 year olds about Computer Science

Creativity and Wellbeing Creativity and Wellbeing

A collaborative arts and health project with Manchester Schools Hospital Service for 7-16 year olds

Aquascience Aquascience

Ecology in action - introducing people to the pollution of lakes and rivers

Staff and students at the university, if you've got an engaging story to share, then we'd like to hear from you. Please email engagement@manchester.ac.uk