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Spotlight on Engagement Series

What are spotlights?

Each month we put together a story that shines a spotlight on engagement practice at Warwick. We reflect on policy changes for the public engagement sector and what they mean for Warwick, share stories of engaged research and teaching practice, and celebrate the work of our colleagues.

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Front cover of the WIE annual report

Celebrating WIE's Growth in 2021

We reflect back on the first full year of WIE with the publishing of our annual report, our first in person celebration event, and the appointment of our Regional Fellows.

Past spotlights

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Local community partnerships for the Resonate Festival

We take a closer look at four of the Resonate projects that illustrate some of the valuable partnerships we have formed with the local community. Photo by George Archer Photography

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A career dedicated to engagement recognised with an MBE

Professor Margaret Low, one of our Honorary Fellows, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021, for her services to public engagement and widening participation.

Coventry Cathedral

Building Community Partnerships in the City

In the run up to Coventry UK City of Culture, here at the Warwick Institute of Engagement, we’ve been thinking a lot about our relationships and partnerships with our local communities across Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Placements in the Warwick Institute of Engagement

Over the summer of 2021 Tom and Nic, both PhD students undertook placements supporting the Institute of Engagement team. We asked them to share their experiences of working with the team.

Student Placements Engaging with Global Organisations

As part of their MA Global Education and International Development, students from the Department of Education Studies are given the option of completing a professional placement module - find out what they were doing in 2021

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Warwick in top 10 percent of universities in England for public and community engagement

In 2021, the Government published its first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) report, placing Warwick in the top 10% of universities in England for public and community engagement.

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Cheers to virtual public engagement!

Here’s our take on doing Pint of Science 2021 a bit differently this year, from the Institute’s Emily Little who curated and produced the festival and PhD student and Institute Fellow Evé Wheeler-Jones who hosted the final event which also formed part of our Resonate Festival.

WMG Talks to Teaching Resources

WMG has been continuing to bring the research we do at the university to the classroom of schools across the country during pandemic restrictions, thanks to their digital learning resource lesson plans.
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How to Engage: Communicating research to the public

As part of the Spring Festival of Careers we ran a session for students exploring engagement tips and techniques. Explore what they produced in response.

How public engagement has shaped a life as an academic

Professor Michael Scott, Director of the Institute reflects on how public engagement has influenced his career in academia.

Warwick Christmas Lectures online!

Each year the Department of Physics coordinates a fantastic series of family friendly science lectures at the Warwick Arts Centre. For 2020 we went online, producing six wonderful videos featuring academics and students from our physics department.


WIE Student Showcase 2021

The first cohort of students who took part in our our IATL module - Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research - delivered their final showcase event.