Why engage with the public?
Because it is good for you, and it is good for the public.
In line with UCL's Public Engagement Policy, MAPS faculty is committed to encouraging all members of the faculty, from undergraduates to professors, to participate in outreach and engagement activities.
Public engagement in all its forms is considered in cases for promotion alongside enabling, research, and teaching. The value of public engagement is increasingly recognised by funding bodies and in the structures of British science, including the REF – continued public funding of research is dependent on the public having a degree of ownership of the fruits of research.
In the same way as research and teaching are mutually reinforcing activities, so public engagement should be integral to the activities of UCL members.
The following pages give practical information on how and why UCL staff and students should communicate their research:
- How to reach the public
- First steps
- Access Faculty support
- Research images in science communication
- Sources of pictures at UCL
- Communications case studies