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Empowering people through engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

At Imperial, we’re putting engagement into practice across our nine campuses as well as at schools, hospitals and cultural and community spaces. This builds on a proud legacy of civic engagement: Imperial has always been deeply rooted in London life and our pioneering research has brought benefits to wider society since 1907. We’ve found a real sense of momentum for engagement amongst the College community and we're committed to supporting it. 

Strategy for engaging with society 2020-21

Motivations for societal engagement

  • To be engaging, inspiring and accessible to young people of all backgrounds
  • To foster scientific confidence, knowledge and understanding in society
  • To enrich our research and enhance our impact, by being more responsive to society
  • To build respectful collaborations that enable the public to be involved and valued in our work
  • To enrich our student, staff and alumni experience and enhance their skills development

The Societal Engagement Framework

We have developed a framework to bring about a step change in our approach to societal engagement. It aims to strengthen how we recognise, support and embed engagement with the public as an integral part of our work. There are four key areas of focus:

  • Schools outreach and widening participation
  • Local community engagement
  • Patient engagement
  • Public engagement with research

Read our full Societal Engagement Framework (pdf).

Read more about our engagement work

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Our strategy for engaging with society

Discover case studies and learn more about our engagement achievements and aims in our Strategy for engaging with society 2020-21.

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Engagement in action

Read our 2016/7 Societal Engagement Highlights Brochure‌, which showcases some of the inspirational and innovative engagement activities taking place across the College.

Read more about our engagement work

Public engagement with research strategy

Read our 2017-20 Strategic plan for public engagement with research.

Key areas for engagement

Learn about the types of engagement activities that are being undertaken across the College, and how staff and students can participate.