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Stories of engagement

This page contains a snapshot of some of the great public engagement activity going on here at Warwick. If you're running an event, or have done something in the past, that you'd like to share with others please email

Public Engagement Fund Projects

Each year the Public Engagement Team runs a Public Engagement Fund. We offer funding of up to £1,000 per project to engage public's with your research. These are some of the projects who've received the funding, explaining what they did with the money and giving their advice for future applicants. Please be aware the remit of the fund changes year on year so please check the current guidance for what you may be able to apply for, rather than looking at what others have been funded for previously.

Cartoon of a person on a beach, holding a glass beaker, with virus cartoons rising from the sandLearning from the Public Engagement Fund in 2018/2019

A summary of all the projects funded in 2018/2019 and what the outcomes of these were.

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Michelle Miller at her eventLearning from the Public Engagement Fund in 2017/18

A summary of all the projects funded in 2017/18 and what the outcomes of these were.

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Regular Events You Could Contribute To

These events happen regularly and you may be able to get involved yourself. Find out how others found the experience before you apply (don't forget you can always contact the team for support if you're considering taking part in one of these events)

Presenter in front of screen at POSPint of Science

Find out what it's like to take part in the annual Pint of Science festival

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Logo for I'm a scientistI'm a Scientist/ Engineer

Discover how you can engage school children with your research from the comfort of your office.

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Audience at the eventFlatpack Film Festival - Dr Richard Wallace, Dept Film & TV

Richard's experience of taking part in Birmingham's annual film festival

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Cinzia and the team at the exhibitionRoyal Society Summer Exhibition - Dr Cinzia Imberti, Dept Chemistry

Discover Cinzia's experience of being part of the Royal Society's Summer Exhibition

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Science on the Hill visual identityScience on the Hill - WMS and School of Life Sciences

Gibbet Hill regularly hosts public science evenings - re-branded in 2019 to "Science on the Hill"

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A healthy brain leafletSchool of Life Science Public Evenings

Before the creation of "Science on the Hill", the School of Life Sciences held public talks and events about the school's research.

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Other examples

How you want to do engagement will be hugely shaped by your research and your audience. These are a variety of examples of events run by the public engagement team, staff or students at Warwick. Some of these examples are more of schools outreach than public engagement but may still give you ideas.

Rebecca Earl PresentingAlso Festival - Public Engagement Team

Several Warwick academics were invited to speak at this local arts and literature festival.

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Guitar players play on a balcony overlooking a Venetian canalArt Night Venezia - Warwick in Venice

Discover how our colleagues based at our Venice campus took part in the city wide Art Night.

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Kids looking at the standBig Bang Fair - Faculty of Science

Warwick hosted a stand at the Big Bang Fair for several years - this speaks about the experiences in 2018. (Please note the Faculty no longer runs a stand - although individual departments may wish to consider it)

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vCaribbean Ideas Cafe - Public Engagement Team

Working with colleagues from Warwick, Birmingham and Black Conscious Coventry we hosted this event to explore issues in the Caribbean/ faced by those of Caribbean heritage. Ideas Cafe are a forum for discussion and debate in an informal setting that invites questions and new ideas.

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Elephant drawingsElephantastic - Prof Kevin Moffat, School of Life Sciences

Elephantastic was a community drawing event and neuroscience exhibition held at Earlsdon Library with community artist Mary Courtney

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Harpreet being interviewedPodcasts from the Space Shed - Harpreet Paul, School of Law

As part of one of our popular Family Days Harpreet was interviewed about her work in Climate Justice by the Ultimate Space Agency

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Rube Goldberg on Tour - Public Engagement Team

Girl stood showing off the machineWe took a children's toy on a tour of local festivals and libraries to get kids excited about engineering.

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boatsTate Exchange - Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences

Warwick academics collaborated with artists to showcase their work in London's Tate Modern

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Picture of the exhibition in Warwick Arts CentreTales of Treatment - Marco J Haenssgen, Global Sustainable Development

A photo exhibition narrating stories of traditional healing from more than 15 different ethnic groups in Northern Thailand.

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Birthday cakeSpark Festival, Hong Kong - Warwick Institute for Science of Cities

The University was invited to be part of a new three day public festival in Hong Kong presented by the British Council.

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Claire Harding presentingTackling Socio-Economic Inequalities in Childhood Test Scores - Roxanne Connelly, Sociology

The seminar was an opportunity to share their research findings and gather feedback from individuals affected by the research.

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