Swansea University Public Engagement forum – PEP Talk
The members of the Swansea University Public Engagement Forum have a broad range of experience in public engagement providing insight and input from across a diverse range of disciplines and sectors, including private, public and third sector engagement. The members are: Rhian Melita Morris (Chair) – Science, Kate Spiller - Arts, Humanities and Law, Dr Ian Mabbett – Chemistry, Dr Richard Johnston – Materials Engineering, Dr Aditee Mitra – Biosciences, Sharon Bishop – SPECIFIC, Bruce Rogers - Public Engagement Officer for Engineering, Emma Nehemiah –Public Engagement and Research Marketing Officer MRID.
The aim of the forum is to promote, support and embed public engagement in professional practice at Swansea University.
We do this by; coordinating, supporting and organising events and activities which support the forums. We support researchers and staff to undertake public engagement activities, share opportunities, ideas and opportunities for best practice. We provide assistance in sourcing, signposting and disseminating funding opportunities alongside training and mentorship for public engagement activities. We also support and encourage wider participation in public engagement activities and promote public engagement across the institution as a pathway to impact via research and across broader professional practices. The forum encourages activities that embed a change in culture which supports, encourages and rewards the efforts of staff who undertake such activities, recognising the importance and significance of public engagement at Swansea University.
The forum also recognises the positive contributions researchers and professional staff at Swansea University make to global societal challenges through the impact of our research. We recognise public engagement as a mechanism for impact that can influence individuals, communities, industry and policy developments in supporting the delivery of benefits and changes that our research activities deliver.
PEP Talk have organised, coordinated and supported the following public engagement events:
FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations. This years’ heat was hosted in partnership with the Science café at The Dylan Thomas Centre, four contestants went through to the regional finals at Techniquest and Amy Jenkins, Psychology won the regional final and progresses to the national final.
Swansea University to host British Science Festival from 6th - 9th September 2016
Led by PVC Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, and supported by members of Swansea University Public Engagement Forum who were instrumental in securing the hosting of the British Science Festival in Swansea in 2016. A family weekend will also take place on the weekend of 10th - 11th September 2016, coordinated by the University, the BSA, and local partners across the city.
In 2015 The Being Human Festival at Swansea University had a theme of ‘Heritage, Health and Wellbeing’ which involved an exploration of wellbeing and heritage through public-facing activities ( including debate, poetry, dramatic performance, art and enterprise) at a variety of venues including the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, Clyne Farm Centre, the National Waterfront Museum and the University’s Singleton campus. The festival was made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London and the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy (BA) and the Wellcome Trust.
We work along the Cheltenham Science festival organisers to identify, support and recommend academics to present their research to a wider public audience, which supports, their development and the promotion of Swansea University.
The forum delivers training to support the uptake of researchers and staff who wish to undertake public engagement. These are some of the courses we have provided:
- Public Engagement and Impact
- Pathways to Impact
- PEP Talk – the public engagement forum
- Three PE projects perspectives
Please get in touch if you’d like to request training or support or to be added to the distribution list.