PER Team

The Public Engagement with Research team are based within the Strategic Planning Office 123B, Aston Webb.

The PER team is:

Dr Leah Fitzsimmons, Public Engagement with Research Officer

Dr Leah Fitzsimmons

Leah is Public Engagement Officer at the University of Birmingham and in a previous life was a research fellow, interested in deciphering how Epstein-Barr virus drives cell survival in cancer. Leah has a range of media and engagement experience, having spoken at events all over the UK such as TEDxBrum, consulted on Trust Me I’m a Doctor, written and blogged for Wellcome Trust, Lancet journals, and Voice of Young Science and is an Ask For Evidence Ambassador. She’s also trained researchers around the UK, been involved in policy events like Evidence Matters and refuted the Post Truth myth at the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

Email: / Tel: 0121 414 8481(PER Office)






Dr Caroline Gillett, Research Engagement Officer

Dr Caroline GillettCaroline is Research Engagement Officer at the University of Birmingham. She has worked in public engagement roles since 2014 as part of Wellcome Trust ISSF projects and the RCUK ‘Catalyst Seed Fund 2015-17’ culture change initiative. Prior to this she carried out an MRes and PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging, with an interest in motor control and cognition. She regularly trains researchers on engagement and impact across the science/arts/tech sector and she has contributed to several national best practice and evaluation reports. She has also spent significant time volunteering, interning and working in the arts sector, most notably with the Capsule-led interdisciplinary Supersonic Festival and their HLF heritage project Home of Metal. Caroline is also a STEM Ambassador.

Email: / Tel: 0121 414 8481 (PER Office)






Rebecca Orleans, Public Engagement & Research Planning Team Administrator

Rebecca OrleansRebecca has worked at the University since 2017, starting by supporting the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain, before moving to the Strategic Planning Office to support the Public Engagement with Research team and Research Planning Team. Rebecca’s previous background includes working in public sector customer service, events and the sports/leisure industry.

Rebecca also volunteers within the sport of Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball.



Email: / Tel: 0121 414 2256 (PER Office)