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Public Engagement through Research

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Community Engagement

Are you looking for new ways to connect with the local community?

Thanet Pop-up Shop opportunity!

Thanet high street


Would you like to engage with a world outside of academia but are struggling to find a good space in which to do so? Perhaps you’d like to run a local skills workshop, set up an arts exhibition, offer outreach activities, knowledge exchange seminars, focus groups or engage local community groups and businesses.

If so a pop-up shop in Ramsgate High Street might just be the ticket. This amazing opportunity is open to all staff and postgraduate students who would like to offer outward facing activities and events that underpin the University’s civic mission and help to cement its sense of place in the community.

The space is available thanks to the generosity of colleagues in the Division of Natural Sciences and their partner Discovery Planet who have secured funding to deliver science workshops to the region from September 2021 for two years.


To gauge demand for the space we are asking for initial proposals for activities taking place in the academic year 2021/22.

The next step is very straightforward. For informal discussions or to apply simply email a free text expression of interest (maximum 500 words) to researchexcellence@kent.ac.uk by 1 July 2021 telling us:

  • Who you are and where you work
  • A little bit about your project and the audience
  • Potential dates you’d like to use the shop between Sept 2021 – Aug 2022 (including set-up and take-down days if known)

That’s it. Good luck – we look forward to hearing from you!

Below are some examples of projects funded by the University’s Public Engagement with Research Fund (PERF).

They cover a broad range of engagement practices, from involving members of the public in research design, direction and dissemination, to opening up new experiences and resources to the public or involving the public as researchers themselves.

These examples offer an insight into the potential of engagement and a glimpse into the huge range of activity at Kent.


Researchers and field experts hosted interactive talks featuring topical discussions as the University launched Think Kent “Discovers”, a series of cutting edge research documentaries produced by the University of Kent in association with KMTV.

Each event started with the screening of a research documentary followed by a live panel discussion on the topic. The panel debates were recorded live and can be watched via Research Services YouTube channel,