Public Engagement: Connecting audiences and research
Create an exciting activity to involve and inspire the public with science, engineering and maths.
- Offered to 2nd Year students in Spring term
- Mondays 16:00-18:00
- Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
- 1-term module worth 5 ECTS
- Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
This lively and interactive module explores public engagement (PE) and why is it important. Public engagement means involving those outside of our institution with our research and teaching. It might include an activity at a festival, talk or performance, schools workshop or discussion with patient groups, amongst many others.
In this module you will discover how to deliver enjoyable and meaningful PE activities for you and a diverse range of audiences, whilst developing communication and teamwork skills. You will experience a range of practical examples of engagement, discuss the importance of involving underrepresented groups in research, and explore how engagement enables our work to have a broader impact in society.
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Published on May 9, 2023
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By the end of this module you will be able to:
- Apply your knowledge and understanding of public engagement to develop and plan the practical delivery of an activity exploring Imperial research.
- Effectively communicate Imperial research to a non-specialist audience using appropriate language, styles and formats.
- Work effectively and appropriately with others as part of multidisciplinary teams to deliver pair and group tasks, including sharing constructive peer-to-peer feedback based on your growing understanding.
- Evaluate public engagement experiences and ideas using the models and knowledge introduced within the course, and reflect on your personal skills and knowledge development.
- Recognise how public engagement can enable research to have a range of impacts within wider society, and consider your own academic identity and potential role within this context.
Indicative core content
This course will provide a broad understanding of public engagement within higher education and key concepts to consider when designing engagement activities. You will develop practical skills and hands-on experience as you work to devise, plan and deliver a public engagement activity.
Learning and teaching approach
As you develop and refine your engagement idea, you will receive support and formative feedback from tutors, peers and visiting speakers to incorporate within summative assessments. Specifically you are expected to incorporate feedback from group presentations, into the development of your coursework, including the materials you produce and accompanying production plan.
- Coursework: Activity Observation: Attend and submit written evaluation of a public engagement activity - 3-5 pages (40%)
- Coursework: Engagement Idea: Develop an idea for an engagement activity based on an area of Imperial’s research, for a specified audience. Submit activity materials and accompanying narrative- 3-5 pages (60%)
First marks and feedback will be returned to you within the VLE within two weeks of assessment submission.
- Requirements: It is compulsory to take an I-Explore module during your degree (you’ll take an I-Explore module in either your 2nd or 3rd year, depending on your department). You are expected to attend all classes and undertake approximately 105 hours of independent study in total during the module. Independent study includes for example reading and preparation for classes, researching and writing coursework assignments, project work and preparing for other assessments
- I-Explore modules are worth 5 ECTS credit towards your degree; to receive these you will have to pass the module. The numerical mark that you obtain will not be included in the calculation of your final degree result, but it will appear on your transcript
- This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 5 course
- This module is offered by the Public Engagement Team
Great module! Finally a course that systematically teaches public engagement concepts, ideas and operations.
Taught me about how public engagement is essential to communicate specialised knowledge to the general public in a creative and fun way.
The sessions were very interactive… There was a lot of opportunity to develop team working, leadership and public speaking skills.