Useful guidance and toolkits to help you develop your public engagement activities and practice.
University resources and information
The University of Edinburgh hosts a wide range of resources and information useful for anyone wanting to engage members of the public with their research. Depending on the subject area and original purpose of the resource, these may not use the term ‘public engagement’, so we have collated key resources here for ease.
- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research and Knowledge Exchange webpages
- College of Science and Engineering list of public and community engagement activities
- University risk assessment forms and checklists (not specifically for public engagement activities, but can be adapted)
- Submit a large-scale event to the University of Edinburgh events calendar (secured)
- Details of the University’s public liability insurance
- Marketing and logo guidance from communications and marketing
- Support for staff from Press and PR office
- University filming services
- Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility guidance on Patient and Public Involvement
- Edinburgh Local webpages
- CRFR Manifesto for Partnership Research
- Support for contributors to the University of Edinburgh’s Festival of Creative Learning
- Teaching Matters blog posts the links between public engagement with research, learning and teaching
- Teaching Matters blog post on blogging for PhD students
- Teaching Matters blog post on science communication, outreach and engagement
- Teaching accessibility guidelines, many of which are transferable to public engagement activities
More resources and information
The types of resources you will find useful in developing your public engagement practice will vary greatly depending on your audience, your approach and your own background. Sometimes you may need to borrow techniques from other sectors. Here we list a number of places where you can start to find out more.