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Your Public Engagement Team

Formed in Spring 2017 the Public Engagement Team are around to support you to make the most out of your public engagement activity. If you're not sure which of us is best to speak to then feel free to email and we can direct your query as appropriate.

Public Engagement Manager - Emily Little


Emily works within the Engagement Group to enhance public engagement by supporting academic staff, researchers and professional services across the University in engaging the public with their research. She provides advice and guidance to find innovative and creative ways to bring research closer to the public through festivals, events, sponsorship and partnerships across the region and beyond. Working with PVCs and senior academic staff, she leads on the university's ambition to be a true 'Engaged University'.

Emily graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA(Hons) in Broadcast Journalism. She has worked in radio and television and as a freelance Multimedia Producer. She first worked with the university in 2006 on the Warwick iCast video project before setting up and managing the Digital Press/CDC video production teams within Communications. Working with LDC Teaching and Learning she devised and ran media training workshops on ‘presenting effectively on screen’ as well as managing the annual WATE scheme 2013/14. As part of the Events team, Emily was the Creative Producer for the 50th Anniversary year (2015) which included the very successful Festival of the Imagination.

Phone: 07824 541 119


Engagement Officer - Naomi Kay

Naomi kayNaomi works across all faculties to showcase public engagement activity across the university and make sure people find out about the fantastic projects and events happening at Warwick. She can provide advice and guidance on how to engage the public with your research project and support you to promote it effectively and will be a frequent face at training and public engagement network events.

Naomi joined the team in March 2017 having come from Bournemouth University where she spent several years as the Public Engagement Officer supporting academics to engage the public and project managing multiple large scale public engagement events including their popular Festival of Learning. She graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA(Hons) in Event Management and has a varied background supporting events ranging from the luxury weddings, fashion shows, press junkets and conferences of Claridge's to manning a food van at a variety of country shows and UK festivals. Her love of discovering new knowledge and hearing about research drew her to a career in public engagement and she's always keen to hear any fun facts you might have!

Phone: 07392 125 593


Public Engagement Co-ordinator for Science, Engineering and Medicine - Alison Phillips

Alison PhillipsAs part of the Public Engagement Team, Alison’s role is to help co-ordinate, communicate and evaluate the public engagement activities undertaken by academic staff, researchers and professional services within the Faculties of Science and Medicine.

Alison graduated from Leicester in 2004 with a BSc in Zoology, and has spent the past 12 years in the Voluntary Sector supporting communities to engage in environmental improvement projects in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Her roles have included managing and recruiting volunteers, project development and management, building relationships with partners and stakeholders, and fundraising.

Alison is new to the Higher Education work place, and is excited to find out about the research and nuances of public engagement within a university setting.

Phone: 07387 238 373


Public Engagement Co-ordinator for Arts and Social Science - Lucy Horrocks

Lucy HorrocksLucy's role is to provide support, advice and guidance for public engagement activities within Social Sciences and the Arts. She is responsible for supporting academics to engage with the public and share their successes across the Universities and External Affairs platforms. She is looking to co-ordinate activity within the departments in order to embed and sustain public engagement.

Lucy graduated from the University of Bath in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) Social Sciences. Her most recent role involved working in a corporate environment managing accounts for multi-million pound contracts. Her roles have included customer and supplier liaison, co-ordinating activities across different departments and managing relationships with various stakeholders. Lucy is completely new to working in a higher education institution and is looking forward to developing her skills in a public engagement role.

Phone: 07392 125 621


In Person: Lucy is based out in her faculties and availailable for you to drop in on Thursday's and Fridays.

  • Thursday - Arts Faculty Office (042), opposite the Humanities cafe
  • Friday - Social Science Hub (1.47)

Caroline Oakman - Administrative Assistant for Business and Regional Engagement

caroline.jpgCaroline has worked at the University of Warwick for 23 years in various roles including MA/PhD Admissions Secretary in the School of Health, Development Assistant in DARO, PA to the Director of Fundraising. Caroline now works as the Admin Assistant to the Public Engagement team, her role involves liaising with outside organisations, booking travel and accommodation for the team, organising meetings internally and externally, budget reporting and minute taking at various meetings.

Phone: 02476 5 75776


Dr Kay Doncom - Public Engagement Officer - Wellcome-Warwick Quantitative Biomedicine Programme

Kay DoncomBased largely at the Medical School, Kay’s role is to work with Wellcome-funded researchers, particularly those with the Quantitative Biomedicine Programme. Her aims are to encourage and support researchers to carry out independent public engagement activities, to organise events providing opportunities for researchers to get involved and to embed public engagement within the department.

Kay completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Warwick in 2014 before embarking on postdoctoral positions both at the University of Sheffield and the University of Warwick. During her PhD and postdoctoral work she was involved in numerous outreach and public engagement activities and this led to her wanting to leave research in order to move to the other side and better support researchers to plan their own public engagement activities.

Currently on maternity leave until August 2019