The University of Birmingham is thrilled to have been successfully awarded the Research Councils UK Public Engagement with Research Catalyst Seed Fund (CSF). The University is among ten universities that will each receive funding for public engagement activities over the next 12 months (beginning in Sept 2015).
This money is being used towards the development and piloting of various projects aimed at creating momentum for sustainable culture change around public engagement with research at the University, both in terms of opportunities and training offered but also towards shifting practice around reward and recognition for public engagement.
We have already run our Storytelling Researcher Video Competition (which we hope will become an annual competition) and our new friendly monthly support club for public engagement ideas, ‘Breakfast Brainstorm‘ where you will regularly find members of the Public Engagement with Research Committee happy to help you where possible. You will also be able to meet other researchers and students interested in public engagement and exchange stories, ideas, tips and contacts.
We have a number of other projects underway. Read more by viewing the RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund Projects tab.