Centre for Public and Policy Engagement

Public Engagement

The CPPE fosters a culture of public engagement across the University, to help our researchers understand the value of public engagement and the partnerships we build beyond the University through public engagement.

"Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."

Public engagement at Essex

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2022

Cutting-edge research from the University of Essex is playing a key role in the 2022 prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. Out of the 16 inspiring science exhibits from across the UK specially chosen for the event, three are showcasing excellence in research at Essex:

Mind over matter

Led by Professor Reinhold Scherer, from our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, this exhibit will showcase Essex’s work on expanding our understanding of brain signals and patterns and translating them into information that can be understood by artificial devices.

Ocean Travellers

This research team, led by Dr Nick Aldred for our School of Life Sciences, will showcase the hidden movements of life in the sea by all sizes of organisms – from bacteria and barnacles to salmon and whales – and the importance of this movement to the ecosystem.

Discover Values: Smashing Stereotypes

The research team, led by Dr Paul Hanel, from our Department of Psychology, will demonstrate how accurate our perception of differences in human values between groups of people and our perception of actual polarisation in our society actually is. The exhibit will showcase research showing that people struggle to perceive differences with others accurately.

Resources for researchers

Research Impact Toolkit

The Research Impact Toolkit provides a suite of tools and resources to support you with engagement, knowledge exchange and impact. Find out more about public engagement with research and access helpful resources to support your public engagement activities.

Impact Academy

Impact Academy provides training and development opportunities to improve your understanding of research impact and build your skills to maximise the societal, economic and environmental impact of your research.

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

The NCCPE has a wealth of resources on how to plan, fund, deliver and evaluate your public engagement activities.

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