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Beyond the bolt-on engagement exercise

Public engagement with research has a crucial role to play in overcoming widespread mistrust of universities. Maddy Bell explains how to do it effectively.

Maddy’s top tips

  • Engage for a purpose and keep that purpose in mind.
  • Keep talking to everyone involved with your work.
  • Take advantage of support at your institution.
  • Share your knowledge, and help other researchers learn from your experiences.

‘I might squeeze in a bit of public engagement if there’s any money left over,’ is a statement that no public engagement officer wants to hear, but all too often does.

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