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Public Engagement with Research

People are at the core of Oxford’s Social Sciences research.

Public Engagement with Research (PER) describes the huge variety of ways by which researchers can share their work with the public, bringing mutual benefit to both sides.

‘Public engagement is a mind-set that acknowledges that the public have a genuine stake in the work of universities – and wisdom and sensitivities that must be listened to and acknowledged.’ (NCCPE)

 

Public engagement can take many forms: outreach, collaborative research, citizen science, participatory arts, lifelong learning, community engagement, and engagement with NGOs, or other public-focused organisations.

Benefits of doing PER (for researchers) might include learning, developing new skills, gaining new insights or ideas, developing better research, raising aspiration, or being inspired.  

The Social Sciences Division’s Research and Impact Team can provide advice, training <link to training site>, funding support and examples <add link to case studies page>  of how to design, deliver and evaluate PER projects effectively and maximise the benefits for both the public and for researchers.

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement with Research (NCCPE)

This site is the national portal for PER. It has tips and guidance for every step of the way, and some great toolkits to help you put things into practice effectively.

Oxford University PER pages

Support on planning, delivering, and evaluating PER, as well as: an e-mail network, an annual PER Seed Fund for projects, a PER Leadership programme, and training.

They also run the VC’s Public Engagement with Research Awards which take place every 2 years.

In 2015, the Social Sciences Division won the Building Capacity Award at the inaugural VC’s Public Engagement with Research Awards at Oxford. This was for the Social Animals Live Friday at the Ashmolean Museum. Check out the video of the event here.

Videos of Social Sciences PER projects can be found:

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Who can help me?

We work collaboratively with colleagues across Oxford’s Research Services, Academic Divisions, as well as the Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), to ensure that Social Sciences researchers have as many opportunities as possible to develop their public engagement skills and experience.

For a first port of call, contact your departmental Research Impact Facilitator who will be able to advise you further on the best next steps for your PER ideas:

Business Engagement with Research

What is Business Engagement?

Business engagement and Partnerships (BEP) describes the development of mutually-beneficial partnerships between academic researchers and industry with the aim of addressing real-world challenges.

Business engagement can take many different forms, including undertaking an industry placement or internship; conducting a research project to address specific industry challenges; testing and analysing business partners’ existing methods; and securing an industrial partner’s support in a research grant bid.

What are the benefits of Business Engagement?

Developing these strategic business partnerships and strengthening academic-industry links can present researchers with a host of benefits. Collaborations with business partners can present opportunities to:

  • Secure alternative sources of funding for research
  • Understand the challenges of industry partners to which you can bring cutting-edge research and expertise
  • Access rich, large-scale, real-world datasets
  • Share expert knowledge and relevant insights to help businesses understand complex challenges
  • Stimulate exciting new areas of research
  • Develop valuable professional skills in relationship-management, stakeholder engagement, communications, and leadership
  • Expand and diversify professional networks
  • Raise the profile of your research
  • Change the way business leaders think, invest, and act
  • Influence policy agendas relating to your field
  • Deliver real-world impact to the mutual benefit of researcher, industry, and society as a whole

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Small amounts of funding (up to £15,000) are available to support colleagues to build mutually beneficial partnerships. These funds could be used to bring colleagues together with external stakeholders (such as businesses, industry bodies, and not-for-profit organisations) in meaningful and productive two-way discussions, and to scope out big sector specific challenges that, if addressed, would raise productivity and economic growth through innovation.

This scheme will have a continuous open call for applications under £3,000. The deadline for applications over £3,000 will be confirmed in autumn 2019. For details please contact a member of the Business Engagement and Partnerships team, whose details are below.

This funding is part of the Social Science and Humanities Divisions allocation of Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).

Guidance

Application form for funding

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Who can help me?

We work collaboratively with colleagues across the University, including the Industrial Research Partnerships team (MPLS) and Business Development and Partnering (MedSci) teams, to ensure that Social Sciences researchers have as many opportunities as possible for business engagement and partnerships.

As a first port of call, contact your division’s Business Engagement Managers who will be able to advise you further on the best next steps for your business engagement ideas:

Policy Engagement with Research

Oxford’s social scientists engage with policymakers locally, nationally and internationally, bringing fresh perspectives, understanding of what has worked elsewhere, and why. Through sharing their knowledge, expertise and insight, they contribute to outcomes that benefits research, policy and the wider world.

Policy engagement can take many forms, including: briefing of politicians, public or civil servants, responding to formal requests for evidence; collaboration in areas of specific research interest. It offers researchers opportunities to maximise the potential impact of their work – and, in the process, to deepen their understanding of its value and usefulness, and to promote it; to identify and shape further research needs and strengthen their case for funding.

 

The University’s Policy Engagement team provides advice, training, information about funding and about current opportunities, as well guidance on the planning and delivery of initiatives which look to maximise the benefits for both the policymakers and for researchers.

Who can help me?

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