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Public Engagement through Research

Resources for staff

Assistance with engagement design and evaluation

The Research Excellence Team are available for advice if you would like to discuss your public engagement plans.

Contact Research Services

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The NCCPE has a wealth of information and guidance on engagement.

Infrastructure

The Kent Public Engagement with Research Strategy is owned and overseen by the Public Engagement with Research Advisory Group (PERAG). The PERAG membership includes representatives of Research & Innovation Services, each division and Corporate Communications.

The Kent Public Engagement with Research Network (KPERN) consists of one person per academic school/large research centre. If you want to find out the kinds of engagement practice that occur within your school, please contact your KPERN representative.

PER strategy 2016 (PDF)
Find your representative

Funding

The University of Kent provides funding for public engagement with research projects twice each academic year, in the spring and autumn terms.

The NCCPE regularly updates its web pages with details on national funding opportunities for public engagement.

Find out more about PER funding at Kent
External sources of funding options

Parking on campus

If you are holding a public engagement event on campus and would like to ensure that your guests can park easily, contact the Transport Team as early as possible to discuss potential options.

Provide information on:

  • When and where your meeting/event is
  • Why it’s important to the University
  • Who your visitors are and whether any of them have specific accessibility needs
  • How many visitors will need to park (have you checked how many of your expected guests will actually drive to campus?)
  • Type of vehicle

Ensure that you maintain a dialogue with the Transport Team on expected numbers etc in the lead up to your event.

Press office support

All researchers are encouraged to contact the Press Office in order to discuss the scope for publicising research. Contacting them as far in advance as possible allows them to work with you in order to get the best outcome.

Top tips for working with the media

  • Do not bury the top line of the story
    Someone who is not invested already in your subject will not read and read and read to find what makes this ‘news’
  • News is new
    If there is no new revelation in this story, then the content is something else – perhaps a feature? Anything that isn’t new won’t be of interest to a news desk
  • News is also relevant and interesting to people who know nothing about you
    How can you give your subject an angle that will interest the most number of people?  Dog bites man = no story. Man bites dog = story
  • A news story should be like an onion
    It should have layers. Start with summing it up in as few words as possible and then each subsequent sentence can add more
  • Do not make claims that do not stand up if and when checked
  • Be available
    If and when the media asks to interview you about your news story. For example -do not issue a release and then go on holiday for 4 weeks.

Contact the Press Office
News Centre