CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 winners!

The Public Engagement with Research Committee (PERC) would like to congratulate and thank all our entrants and winners of our competitions in 2016. We value your effort and are keen to support you to carry out public engagement where possible, so please get in touch if you think we can be of help in future.

The winners for this year’s competitions were:

Storytelling Researchers Video Competition 2016


Alice Roberts with winner Jessica Tuck, taken on PER Day 15 Dec 2016.

1st place: Congratulations to Jessica Tuck (£200), College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

2nd place Congratulations to Amna Nazir (£100)College of Arts & Law

3rd place Congratulations to Louis Monroy Santander (£50), College of Social Sciences

Bi-annual Awards for Public Engagement with Research


College of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Congratulations Mattia Cassanelli (OVERALL WINNER, £100), School of Chemical Engineering

College of Social Sciences – Congratulations to Felyn Lewis (£50), School of Social Policy

College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Congratulations to Peter Noy (£50), School of Biosciences

College of Medical and Dental Sciences – Congratulations to Leah Fitzsimmons (£50), Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences

College of Arts and Law –   Congratulations to Eleanor Dobson, School of English and School of History

JANUARY – JUNE 2016 PERIOD (Already awarded)

College of Arts and Law –  Congratulations to Thea Buckley (OVERALL WINNER, £100), School of English (Shakespeare Institute)

College of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Congratulations to Hannah Middleton, Anna Green, Sam Cooper, nominated on behalf of Andreas Freise (£50), School of Physics

College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Congratulations to Mel Rohse (£50), School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Medical and Dental Sciences – Congratulations to Mel Grant (£50), School of Dentistry

College of Social Sciences – no entries were received from this College during the time period


Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods & Skills (PGCARMS): Public Engagement Module, Winner of the 2016 Alice Roberts’ award for best public engagement activity:

Congratulations to Guy Ainsley, Business School, College of Arts & Law for his thoughtful stakeholder workshop/focus group on the use of information in decision-making and associated risks within corporate boards (both private and public).

We hope to create case studies of entries for this blog and other handouts. Please check the case studies section in future.

Congratulations again and we hope that your win will inspire you to continue to do more public engagement with your research! To those who didn’t win this time, it was very tight and we still really value your contribution and would encourage you to apply again in future!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from PERC to you all!


Nineteenth-Century Matters: Public Engagement Training Day

Sponsored by the British Association of Romantic Studies and the British Association of Victorian Studies

Are you a postgraduate or early career researcher working on the long nineteenth century? Are you interested in turning your research into public engagement? Want to network with likeminded individuals across humanities disciplines? If so, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop ideas for future collaborations at this training day, which is hosted in the atmospheric Chawton House Library and draws together funders, academics, and heritage professionals.

The day will comprise a keynote address about funding and public engagement delivered by Mark Llewellyn, the Director of Research for the AHRC, a panel of speakers presenting case studies of successful public engagement projects, and a workshop in which participants can discuss and evolve their own ideas.

Keynote Speaker:

Mark Llewellyn (Arts and Humanities Research Council)


Gillian Dow (Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton)

Mary Guyatt (Jane Austen’s House Museum)

Holly Furneaux (Cardiff University and the National Army Museum)

This training day is sponsored by the British Association of Romantic Studies and the British Association of Victorian Studies and is an outcome of their joint Nineteenth-Century Matters fellowship. The fellowship is an initiative to support postdoctoral researchers without institutional affiliation or permanent academic employment. In recognition of such researchers’ precariousness, BARS and BAVS will pay the fees for a number of ECRs in this position to attend the day.

To register, please fill out a registration form (download here: c19matters-registration-form), and return it to Catherine Paula Han: by 15 December, 2016.

Fee waivers are distributed on a first-come, first- served basis. Registration for all others: £35 (lunch included). Payment details are on the registration form.

For more details go to the original ad post HERE

FameLab Regional Heats (Dec 12th)

The Midlands region is holding Famelab 2017 heats on Monday 12th December 2016, from 18:30 in PureCraft Bar, Birmingham. FameLab is an international competition that challenges scientists to communicate their knowledge in short three minute talks. The University of Birmingham had a UK finalist in 2016. You can watch Alex’s performance here if you want inspiration. It would be brilliant if we could repeat that success.famelab-01

You’ll have three minutes to share your topic with a public audience. Remember, you cannot use slides and only use the props you can carry on stage. Entrants must be 21 years old or older, studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics.

Full registration is here.

Sign up to perform your three minutes as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Audiences (including your students) can book free tickets here so feel free to invite everyone. Posters are attached for colleagues and audiences. For further info contact PERC stalwart Jon Wood: [Internal Ext. 45081]


TODAY ONLY: Free Kindle version of ‘The Research Impact Handbook’

Get yourself a free Kindle copy of Fast Track Impact’s ‘The Research Impact Handbook’ on Amazon today only. Fast Track Impact would appreciate your reviews of the book in exchange for this freebie!

Get a copy here now.

To find out more about Fast Track Impact and the book’s authors go here.

Wellcome Trust re-launches their public engagement funding scheme

New funding scheme for public engagement with research

In April, Wellcome Trust announced they were pausing their public engagement funding to thoroughly review and explore the best ways to support public engagement activities in future. Now, we’re pleased – and more than a little excited – to hear of the outcome of this work.

Wellcome have created a new funding structure for public engagement. It’s designed to:

  • be easier to navigate
  • have fewer barriers to access
  • be flexible enough to support ideas from the broadest range of people and organisations
  • enable us to work more effectively with our communities to seed ideas and drive innovation.

Key changes:

  • No longer need to self-select the appropriate scheme before you apply
  • No longer have application deadlines
  • Simplified application form

Wellcome will be accepting applications for public engagement funding from early January 2017.

You will usually be given a decision within 10 to 12 weeks.

Find out all about the new scheme and how to apply here


A Bigger Picture (College of EPS, 16th Jan)

A Bigger Picture

Lunchtime talks and discussion about discovering new perspectives on research, forming new collaborations, and communicating with wider audiences.

Monday 16th January 2016 in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences


Introduced by Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Research and with the participation of Professor Andy Schofield, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College (EPS).

EPS ‘Leading to Engage’ public engagement champions, Professor Cristina Lazzeroni (Physics), Professor Ilya Mandel (Physics), Dr Artemis Stamboulis (Met & Mat) and Dr Corneliu Hoffman (Maths) will also be present at the event.

Location: G29 Mechanical Engineering

Time: 13:00-14:00

A Bigger Picture is open to all University of Birmingham research staff and research students. Professional services staff from UoB are also welcome to attend. Cross-College attendance is welcomed at all events. Registration is necessary.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize (Deadline: Dec 1)

The Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its fifth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in interdisciplinary, collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

Applications for the 2017 Celebrating Impact Prize close at 16.00 on 1 December 2016

Details can be found HERE

Community Day: June 11th, 2017

The UoB ‘Community Festival’ takes place on June 11th 2017.  The Festivals team are looking for contributions from the Schools to showcase to community visitors research we do.  The format of what was previously called ‘Community Day’ has changed slightly. Now called a Festival, it will feature a main stage plus lots of areas for talks, demonstrations and presentations.

The team is looking for activities that fit with the theme of ‘a passport around the nations’. If you think you could provide something it would be great to hear from you. The Community Festival activity proposal form can be found here

Please return these to Elly Quaintance

The Physiological Society: Public engagement grants (£5K, Deadline Dec 31st)

Public Engagement Grants of up to £5000 are available to both Member and non-Members of The Society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences.

We encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members. Please contact the Society if you would like to be connected with a physiologist.

The grant scheme aims to:

  • Inspire creative public engagement with physiology
  • Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach
  • Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance.
  • Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work.

Projects should:

  • Deliver a better understanding of physiology to lay audiences.
  • Consider longevity and legacy.
  • Consider impact on both audiences and researchers.

Terms and conditions

  • Applications should be submitted by 11.59pm, Saturday 31 December 2016. 
  • Funds received through this grant scheme must only be used for the purpose outline in the application.
  • Copies of generated material should be submitted to The Society where applicable. Physical material should be made readily available to Society Members either free or on low-cost loan or purchase for a period of at least 5 years after termination of the project.
  • The Society must be acknowledged in all promotional material, website and at the event itself, and logo usage must be signed off by the office.
  • Grant holder must provide regular feedback on the status of the activity/event to The Society Outreach Officer.
  • Project should be completed within 12 months of funding unless discussed with the Outreach Officer.
  • Upon completion of the project you will be required to

• Produced a detailed post-activity report detailing activities, outcomes and recommendations within 12 weeks.

• Complete a project learning and evaluation form.

• Work with the Outreach Officer to produce an e-book of resources for use by The Society’s Membership where applicable.

• Produce a poster to be displayed at meetings, on our website and featured in our magazine.

  • Unspent funds must be returned to The Society.
  • Proof of payments associated with this grant must be kept for a period of 3 months following the end of the grant period and, on request, provide us with such information.

If your are already registered in our portal click here to apply.

If you are not registered in our portal please click here to create a guest login.

If you do not comply with the terms and conditions set out here, or if the grant is not used for the purpose with which it is given, the funds will be repayable at The Society’s discretion.

The Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Applications that consider how to involve audiences from a range of different backgrounds (particularly those that are traditionally hard-to-reach) are encouraged.

This has been re-posted by UoB from the original source which can be found here: