Shakespeare is 450 next week – but why, really, are we celebrating?

Join Mark Ravenhill on BBC Radio 3, 6.45pm this Easter Sunday for a special documentary developed by Ideas Lab with the Shakespeare Institute and produced by Unique. It’s followed by a production of Antony and Cleopatra starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston.

BIS Science and Society – Community Challenge Grant Scheme


Calling scientists, science communicators, artists, educators, film makers; games developers; businesses; civil society organisations; community groups, youth clubs…

The BIS Science and Society team have launched a new Community Challenge Grant Scheme to encourage innovative ways of engaging with audiences currently under-served by existing science engagement activities. We aim to provide funding for pilot projects that investigate and test new methods of engagement and participation.

There will be 3 levels of project funding: up to £10,000, up to £20,000 and up to £40,000, depending on the size and difficulty of the project.

Bright Club – The Rep, Birmingham

brightclubWednesday 26 March at 7:45pm, The STUDIO at The REP,Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP (tickets £3.00 – £5.00)

Join academics as they channel their inner comic genius to show us that university research isn’t always as serious as you might think. Six local experts brave the stage to test out their comedy skills and approach Brecht’s themes in a new way. Expect politics, economics and history but most importantly, laughs! Read more about Bright Club

Public Engagement with Postgraduate Education


27th February 2014 University of Surrey

Public Engagement is a growth area in Higher Education with Research Councils including it as recommended good practice and many institutions considering what it means to be an ‘engaged University’. It is also an activity that many PGRs would like to get involved with. The concept of engagement is rapidly evolving from speaking to school children to participating in festivals, and from testing out research findings on users to actively involving ‘the public’ in research design. Not only is the variety of activity becoming more adventurous but, as the concept grows, the range of possibilities for engagement is expanding – the key question is how should students and their supervisors respond to this?