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Museum of Natural History - Super Science Saturday
Museum of Natural History - Super Science Saturday
Credit: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Engagement opportunities

New - Public Engagement with Research Leadership Scheme

Applications are welcome at any time until the Closing Date on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 5pm.


This scheme is for researchers and academics to take on a leadership role in a culture change project for their departments and faculties to enhance support for Public Engagement with Research (PER).

The scheme is targeted at those who have a strong interest in PER, who want the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills within an academic environment and to explore new ways of working through facilitating change.

Up to eight researchers will be offered the opportunity to take part in this PER Leadership scheme (August 2019 – July 2020) with up to £5k each of funding.

In addition to receiving funding, the cohort of PER Leaders will also take part in a programme of sessions and events in which they will explore, discuss and debate PER, culture change and leadership approaches; and develop their plans to better support engagement within their departments.

For more information on the programme please see the Guidelines at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

Applications are submitted via the University’s Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS) - Award Title: 'Engagement: PER Leadership Scheme'  (opens in new window).

This is a two-part process:

  • Complete the IRAMS online application form; your Case for Support (Word.Doc) and secure your Letter of Support from your Head of Department or equivalent.
  • Merge the Case for Support and HoD supporting letter into one PDF and upload it onto IRAMS.

Before submitting an application you should read the Guidelines which includes information on eligibility and the application process (including selection criteria):

The case for support document is also provided here for your reference:

Festivals and Events

Festivals and other public events offer an excellent opportunity to engage the public with your research. There are many different ways to engage at a festival including talks; panel debates; performances; table-top interactive activities and many more.

This guide provides a list of the key festivals and events that take place in and around Oxford and includes some national festivals to help you select which one might be the right one for you: PER Festivals and Events.pdf

Other opportunities

Ashmolean MuseumLiveFridays enable researchers to take part in a night of performances, creative workshops and lively talks after-hours at the museum. 
Bright ClubThe 'thinking person's variety night' - for one night only researchers become comedians.
FameLabResearchers compete with each other to inform and entertain the public through engaging science presentations.
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of HereAn online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. 
Museum of Natural History 

ScienceSaturdays and SuperScienceSaturdays enables families to explore the collections, take part in interactive activities and meet the University's scientists.

Oxford SparksAn online platform to share the scientific research that takes place at the University with wider public audiences through high-quality animations and podcasts.
OxploreA digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.
Pint of ScienceBrings brilliant scientists to a local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with the wider public.
Science CabaretInformal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues organised by Science Oxford.
The ConversationAn online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics, across all disciplines, for the public in the UK and globally. Further information is available here.
Three Minute ThesisThree Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) engages wider audiences with research activity that transcends traditional boundaries.