Opportunities for researchers

Public engagement with research can take a range of forms on a spectrum from sharing research to co-producing knowledge with publics and stakeholders. Below are some examples of related opportunities.

PER Excellence Award
The Public Engagement with Research Excellence Award recognises individuals or teams who are innovative and ambitious in their approach to engagement with people and organisations beyond academic, undertaking high quality engagement and working collaboratively to raise the profile and enhance the impact of research. View the Keele Excellence Award webpages for more information.

Stoking Curiosity
Stoking Curiosity is our annual festival of ideas that builds and nurtures a community of curious people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. We celebrate being inquisitive, spark ideas and get involved in research together in our communities. Find out more on the Stoking Curiosity webpages.

Public Engagement Festivals and Events
UK Research Councils and national bodies coordinate a range of public engagement festivals, which are ideal opportunities to get involved in PER. The ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences and the AHRC’s Being Human Festival take place annually in November. The Royal Society runs an annual Summer Science Exhibition and the Pint of Science Festival brings researchers to local pubs and cafes to share scientific discoveries. These events provide opportunities to share and engage with a range of audiences.

Writing for diverse audiences – The Conversation
Keele has a membership with The Conversation, an independent source of news and views sourced from the research community and shared on a large scale with public audiences. Keele researchers regularly write for The Conversation, and their team also deliver training sessions to our researchers several times a year.

Additional opportunities for researchers include:

Keele is committed to driving local growth and innovation and has a range of mechanisms for researchers and students to engage with businesses, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and the Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme. Find out more about a range of initiatives on the Business Gateway webpages.

The Royal Society offers Industry Fellowships to support academic scientists to work on a collaborative project with industry.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement is at the core of the School of Primary, Community and Social Care’s Research. Over 130 lay members sit on its Research User Group, who help to develop research questions and design and provide insights into implementing research. The Impact Accelerator Unit works with stakeholders to create research innovations in public health, health and social care and supports their implementation in practice.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) run several fellowship schemes which sponsor academics to spend time working with Parliament. UKRI’s Policy Internships Scheme provides opportunities for research council funded doctoral students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. Parliamentary committees regularly call for evidence for open inquiries and guidance on making written submissions and providing oral evidence to inquiries is available here.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, proposed by a university based academic to work in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships, as well as enhancing employment related skills and training for research students. Through their doctoral training partnerships, Keele researchers can apply for Collaborative (CASE) doctoral awards through the ESRC and CDAs through the AHRC. If you have a project that might be suited to a CDA or to find out more contact Gemma Scott (g.scott@keele.ac.uk).

Speak to the University’s team of engagement and partnership professionals to discuss opportunities and strategies for engagement and partnerships in your area.