Think Corner: Thanks to all involved

Hello everyone,

Between August 25th – September 13th 2014, the University staged a major public engagement ‘experiment’. For 3 weeks the University’s  Public Engagement Working Group ran our first ever research pop-up shop called ‘Think Corner’, in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre. Every day Think Corner welcomed in the general public to come meet, chat and engage with some of our brightest and most enthusiastic researchers, who each contributed different activities and displays in an ever-changing 3 week programme of events.

During our residency at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, we hosted researchers from Physics to Psychology, Chemistry to English Literature, Medicine to Social Work and much more. I’m glad to say that overall the experience has been a great success and much has been learned along the way.

Volunteer at Think Corner! We need you!

Think Corner Volunteers

Between August 25th – September 13th the University of Birmingham is hosting a public engagement pop-up shop called ‘Think Corner’ to showcase research from across the sciences, arts and humanities. Researchers will be using the space to engage with the public through a whole range of fun, entertaining and thought-provoking activities and talks. Think Corner will be held in a shop unit in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Birmingham’s city centre.

Think Corner is part of a University-wide initiative organized and supported by the Public Engagement Working Group. Think Corner’s aim is promote two-way dialogue between researchers and the public. We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic and self-motivated volunteers to help us with the set-up and day to day running of the shop. Volunteers will work alongside the planning team to provide valuable support to the researchers running activities; however, your main role will be to welcome the public in to the space, to explain what Think Corner is all about and to encourage them to take part. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone hoping to get practical experience in public engagement.


March 22 – April 20, 2014

Think Corner is a ground-breaking public engagement project which will take research out of the confines of campus and instead showcase it directly within the local community for a period of one whole month. Think Corner will be a ‘pop-up’ shop in the city centre that will provide a space for the research community to engage the public of Birmingham in a two-way dialogue about research: encouraging discussion about the value and importance of University of Birmingham research and the roles that the public have to play in benefiting from or helping shape this research.