This month is #AcWriMo (academic writing month), so Vicky Wallace, Research Skills Advisor, talks about academic writing, but perhaps not for an obvious audience.
What is The Conversation?
Launched in Australia in 2011, and then in the UK in 2013, The Conversation is an independent source of informed opinion from the academic and research community. The Conversation is funded by universities, research institutions, corporate bodies, foundations and reader donations, enabling it to be free for readers and authors. And PhD students may write for The Conversation! Continue reading “Join The Conversation”
Jim Bell, Outreach Officer at the University of Birmingham and soon to be in charge of the Midlands base for Explorer Dome (a mobile planetarium company), introduces public engagement.
Regardless of the discipline that you study or your level of experience, there is a responsibility for researchers to ensure that they are engaging public audiences with their research, and today there are more opportunities than ever to get involved.
Public engagement is a phrase that has been pushing its way into the consciousness of UK research since the House of Lords Science and Technology – Third Report in 2000, but it is absolutely not limited to science. HEFCE, RCUK and Vitae are all signed up to a “strategic commitment to public engagement”, so it is clear that public engagement is important to all areas of research.
At its most simplistic, public engagement is a conversation with a public audience about research. The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement says:
Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.
Continue reading “Think Public Engagement!”