Public engagement with research

Support and resources for engagement

Assistance with engagement design and evaluation

We are available for advice if you would like to discuss your public engagement plans.

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These Kent pages will continue to be developed over time. In the interim, the NCCPE has a wealth of information and guidance on engagement.

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The Kent Public Engagement with Research Strategy is owned and overseen by the Public Engagement with Research Advisory Group (PERAG). The PERAG membership includes representatives of Research Services, each Faculty, Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE), Corporate Communications and People United.

The Kent Public Engagement with Research Network (KPERN) consists of one person per academic school/large research centre. If you want to find out the kinds of engagement practice that occur within your school, please contact your KPERN representative.

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The University of Kent provides funding for public engagement with research projects twice each academic year. The application process happens in the spring and autumn terms.

The NCCPE (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement) regularly updates its web pages with details on national funding opportunities for public engagement.

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Parking on campus

If you are holding a public engagement event on campus and would like to ensure that your guests can park easily, contact the Transport Team as early as possible to discuss potential options.

Notifying the Transport team in advance will increase the likelihood of them being able to help you. They manage a fine balance on campus; working to ensure that the needs of students, employees and their visitors are met as far as possible.

Parking provision depends on a number of factors including simultaneous events (e.g. applicant days), time of year (holidays are naturally quieter) and even day of the week. Fridays are often much quieter on campus, so if possible, schedule public events on a Friday.

Provide information on:

  • When and where your meeting/event is
  • Why it’s important to the University
  • Who your visitors are and whether any of them have specific accessibility needs
  • How many visitors will need to park (have you checked how many of your expected guests will actually drive to campus?)
  • Type of vehicle

Ensure that you maintain a dialogue with the Transport Team on expected numbers etc in the lead up to your event.

The Transport Team are currently re-designing their website information pages and have a number of developments upcoming for the way that parking provision is managed, in recognition of it as a priority issue for the University. The website will include information on major events which will make it easier for everyone to find suitable dates for their own meetings.

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Press office support

All researchers are encouraged to contact the Press Office in order to discuss the scope for publicising research. Contacting them as far in advance as possible allows them to work with you in order to get the best outcome.

Top tips for working with the media

  • Do not bury the top line of the story
    Someone who is not invested already in your subject will not read and read and read to find what makes this ‘news’
  • News is new
    If there is no new revelation in this story, then the content is something else – perhaps a feature? Anything that isn’t new won’t be of interest to a news desk
  • News is also relevant and interesting to people who know nothing about you
    How can you give your subject an angle that will interest the most number of people?  Dog bites man = no story. Man bites dog = story
  • A news story should be like an onion
    It should have layers. Start with summing it up in as few words as possible and then each subsequent sentence can add more
  • Do not make claims that do not stand up if and when checked
  • Be available
    If and when the media asks to interview you about your news story. For example -do not issue a release and then go on holiday for 4 weeks.
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Last Updated: 18/04/2017