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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 on projects that reach across all the faculties, including project managing large events, and working on strategic projects to support impactful engagement at Warwick. She's especially interested in reaching communities that don't already engage with the university, and supporting projects which take on board the voices of these communities.

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.

Phone: 07500 058 555


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.

Phone: 07387 238 373


In Person: Come along to our weekly drop in every Wednesday 1-3pm, University House Cafe/Atrium

James Brown - Public Engagement Project Officer

James BrownJames works on supporting large scale public engagement projects which stretch across the University, helping to coordinate between internal and external stakeholders, and project managing a variety of events and activities. He has experience of running national public engagement campaigns, producing educational resources for a variety of audiences, and engaging publics with controversial areas of science.

Since starting at Warwick in 2018, he has worked on delivering the British Science Festival and is currently coordinating preparations for Coventry City of Culture in 2021. James has a particular interest in increasing public participation in research and breaking down the barriers between campus and city through increased partnership working.

Prior to joining Warwick, James has worked as the Public Engagement Manager at the Biochemical Society, a Physics and Engineering Outreach Officer at Northumbria University, and as a Secondary School Science Teacher in both the UK and Canada. James has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford.

Phone: 07392125593


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.