Psychology research assistant appointed Beltane Public Engagement Fellow
Lauren Hadley is appointed as a Public Engagement Fellow of Beltane Public Engagement Network
Congratulations to Psychology Research Assistant Lauren Hadley from the School of PPLS, who has been elected as one of five Beltane Public Engagement Fellows from the University.
Lauren's research is focused on exploring mental control and self-regulation in children.
She is currently working on an ESRC project striving to improve academic achievement in school children from deprived backgrounds, and a Leverhulme research project looking at the effect of musical expertise on turn-taking and social interaction.
As a Fellow, Lauren wants to make links with educational policy makers, get public engagement training and make connections to take a musical theatre piece to local schools.
Public engagement with research
Beltane is an agreement by the four Edinburgh universities to share best practice and opportunities in public engagement and is open to anyone who is a staff member or student at a university in Edinburgh.
Beltane partner universities collaborate to produce large-scale events such as the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.
The purpose of Beltane is to embed a culture of doing high-quality public engagement, supporting researchers to feel willing and able to engage with non-academic audiences.
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.