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Queen Mary University of London is proud of the diverse and innovative range of public engagement activities taking place here. These pages showcase a some of the activities that take place and people behind the projects through a range of videos and case studies. 

You can also visit our 'Work in the Community' webpage for more information on our local impact, with case studies and reports on our work in Tower Hamlets and other east London boroughs.

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Title Summary School/project Subjects Age groups Status

AccessiblePeakMeter
AccessiblePeakMeter is a plug-in that reduces barriers to visually impaired audio engineers by converting visual cues in industry digital workstations to audio cues. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subjects:
Sonification, Audio Engineering
Audience:
Past

Acting across frontiers
Engaging a range of audiences in discussions about the craft of acting in Spanish-speaking world cinema, with film screenings and accompanying masterclasses. School/Institute/Department:
School of Language Linguistics and Film
Subjects:
Language, Film
Audience:
Upcoming

Acute Mental Health Review: Working with Lived Experience Researchers
A research project that brought service users and carers into the research team to feed into a review of mental health services with their real experiences as 'lived experience researchers' School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine and Dentistry, Wolfson Institute, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry
Subjects:
Patient Involvement, Health
Audience:
Past

AfterTrauma
Aftertrauma is a website and forum that uses an online community and information from the Centre for Trauma Sciences to support the survivors of traumatic injury through recovery. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for Trauma Sciences, Medicine
Subjects:
Trauma, Medicine, Health, Support
Audience:
Past

Airway Cells and Air Pollution Study
A research study which investigated the impact of air pollution on immune cells within children’s lungs by combining research with school workshops. School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine and Health, Centre for Genomics and Child Health, Blizard Institute, Centre of the Cell
Subjects:
Air Pollution, Outreach, Research Sampling
Audience:
Past

Archive of the Now
An online collection of poetry including recordings of over 130 poets performing their own work, capturing voices not represented elsewhere. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama
Subjects:
Poetry
Audience:
Past

ArtNeuro
An exhibition of artworks created through four month collaborations between artists and neuroscientists, accompanied by themed workshops and events. School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine & Dentistry, Blizard Institute
Subjects:
Art, Neuroscience
Audience:
Upcoming

Axis
Axis is a kinetic sculpture based on the irrational number Phi. It has been displayed at art exhibitions and displays to engage new audiences with mathematics. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Media and Art Technology
Subjects:
Mathematics, Engineering, Design, Art
Audience:
Past

Barts MS Research Blog and Clinic Speak
The Barts MS Research Blog provides a direct communication between QMUL researchers and patients through daily posts. This information feeds into the Clinic Speak website to inform and empower patients. School/Institute/Department:
Barts MS Research group, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Blizard Institute
Subjects:
Multiple Sclerosis, Blogging
Audience:
Past

Barts Pathology Museum
A museum housing over 5,000 medical specimens. They use the collection to explore a range of issues across medicine and medical humanities to the public through a programme of events and guided tours. School/Institute/Department:
Barts Pathology Museum, School of Medicine
Subjects:
Pathology, Medical Humanities, Medicine
Audience:
Past

Bespoke
A team of researchers have developed a crowdsource app that will allow cyclists to log cycle accidents, injuries and near misses to create an accurate map of cycling blackspots. School/Institute/Department:
Medicine and Dentistry, Barts Health NHS Trust
Subjects:
Crowdsourcing, Trauma
Audience:
Past

Bionic Man
This interactive stand gamifies medical implants by posing medical problems to participants who need to match the right implants for the situation.  School/Institute/Department:
Engineering and Materials Science
Subjects:
Medical engineering, gamification
Audience:
Past

Building a community around BeagleRT
Creating a self-sustaining global community around the use of hackable audio software using online community building and local events. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Subjects:
Hackable Technology, Digital Music, Communities of Practice, Building Online Communities
Audience:
Past

Centre for Digital Music Concert Series
A series of concerts showcasing original and innovative compositions, providing a platform for new digital instruments and cross-disciplinary collaboration. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Subjects:
Music, Engineering, Digital Music, Classical Music, Concerts, Public Events
Audience:
Past

Centre for Studies of Home
An international hub of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement on past and present homes. The Centre provides seminars, exhibitions and learning resources for the public. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, School of History, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Subjects:
Geography, Museum studies, History
Audience:
Past

Centre of the Cell
Centre of the Cell run exciting educational sessions in their ‘Pod’ supported by workshops, mentoring and revision programmes, online resources and internships. School/Institute/Department:
Centre of the Cell, Blizard Institute, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Subjects:
Biology, Medicine, Cells, Life Sciences
Audience:
Past

Child Migrant Stories
A website which captures the experiences of child migrants who came to East London from 1930 to the present day, featuring stories and videos developed in collaboration with those whose stories they tell. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subjects:
Migration, Exhibitions, Storytelling, Media
Audience:
Past

Cities in Flux
An exploration of culture, markets and film piracy in east London bringing together QMUL staff, artists, community groups and local youth to create a research-based film documentary. School/Institute/Department:
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Subjects:
Film, Human Geography, Sociology, Business
Audience:
Upcoming

Communicating and Teaching Computing: Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
A module placing students into schools to gain experience of teaching in a formal education setting, working alongside experienced teachers. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subjects:
Computer Science, Education, Teaching
Audience:
Past

CS4FN
This global campaign to share the excitement of computer science allows researchers to engage with the general public in a fun and accessible way. School/Institute/Department:
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Subjects:
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Audience:
Past

Dental Detectives
Fusing medicine and drama and enabling child-led research to explore factors behind children’s reluctance to go to the dentist. School/Institute/Department:
Do I Have to Go?
Subjects:
Dentistry, Drama, Life Sciences
Audience:
Upcoming

E14 Community Leadership Development program
This project aims to develop in 22 potential local community leaders the listening and story-telling skills needed to create social action projects and campaign for local issues.   School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography
Subjects:
Geography, Community, Empowerment, Campaigning, Storytelling
Audience:
Past

From Thesis to Action
This project engages with key stakeholders in Nepal to explore how findings from PhD research can create positive change for widowed women. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography
Subjects:
Development, Gender Studies, Participatory research
Audience:
Past

Globe
A collaborative, participatory art project which explores questions of home and migration in East London. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, Centre for Studies of Home
Subjects:
Immigration, participatory arts, home, geography
Audience:
Past

Globe Road Festival
A four-day international poetry festival celebrating world poetry in east London. Globe Road looks to celebrate, share and develop the range of poetry represented locally through an innovative programme of engagement activities. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama, Centre for Poetry, Archive of the Now
Subjects:
Poetry, English, Geography, Translation, Technology, Centre for Digital Music, Living British Cinema
Audience:
Upcoming

How We Read: A Sensory History of Books for Blind People
An exhibition that explored the history of reading technologies designed for blind people, using hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and live performances. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama
Subjects:
Exhibitions, Assistive Technologies, Reading
Audience:
Upcoming

Human Harp
An interactive, internationally-informed art installation project designed to link artists and digital music researchers to collaboratively develop high-profile, mass participation art events. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Subjects:
Engineering, Mass Participation Art, Music
Audience:
Past

Human Rights, Bloody Human Rights
Business human rights abuse was explored through participatory theatre, allowing audiences to engage with the issues on stage by suggesting potential solutions. School/Institute/Department:
School of Law, School of Drama
Subjects:
Participatory Theatre, Human Rights, Law, Drama
Audience:
Past

Illusioneering
An online collection of exciting magic tricks underpinned by science and engineering principles, teaching these subjects in a different and fascinating way. School/Institute/Department:
Faculty of Science and engineering
Subjects:
Maths, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science
Audience:
Past

Inside Teenage Bedrooms
Through building relationships with teenagers this project explores the meaning and significance of the teenage bedroom and its material culture using photography, interviews and blog posts. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, Centre for Studies of Home
Subjects:
Material Culture, Museum Collaboration
Audience:
Past

Inspired by Digital
A partnership between an orchestra and QMUL’s Centre for Digital Music creating new connections between composers, state-of-the-art technologies, performers, and listeners. School/Institute/Department:
Inspired by Digital, London Chamber Orchestra
Subjects:
Music, Engineering, Computer Science
Audience:
Upcoming

Journeys: A musical exploration of home and migration between Vietnam and London
A collaborative music project involving Vietnamese community members, musicians and a composer resulting in performances taking place in local venues. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, Music at QMUL, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Subjects:
Music, Immigration, Communication, Vietnamese Culture
Audience:
Past

Kam's Romeo & Juliet
Over 13 days in rural China students form QMUL and Hunan University co-created an interactive drama and interactive art exhibition with the Kam ethnic minority. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Film Studies, School of Geography
Subjects:
Interactive Design, Applied Drama
Audience:
Upcoming

Katies Team Advisory Group
A patient and public advisory group set up by the Katherine Twining Network to involve the public and patients with issues in women’s health research in East London School/Institute/Department:
Katherine Twining Network, Blizard Institute
Subjects:
Public and Patient Advisory Groups, Women's Health Research
Audience:
Past

Legal Advice Centre
A free community centred legal advice service staffed by undergraduates and solicitors, the centre specialises in a range of law including arts and border law. School/Institute/Department:
School of Law
Subjects:
Law, Legal issues
Audience:
Past

LEGO Physics
Using LEGO bricks to represent the building blocks of our Universe, encouraging enthusiasts of any age to trace the steps which built the Universe. School/Institute/Department:
Physics and Astronomy, Lego
Subjects:
Physics, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics
Audience:
Past

Living Wage
Working in partnership with groups such as Citizens UK, QMUL research supports the campaign for a living wage, engaging with policy makers to improve lives. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography
Subjects:
Living Wage Campaign, Life Sciences
Audience:
Past

Love in Objects
Older people collaborated with artists to reflect on their precious keepsakes and the meaning that these held for them. Boxes designed to house the treasures were then exhibited, curated by project members. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for the History of the Emotions
Subjects:
History, Emotions, Art, Community
Audience:
Past

Media and Art Technology Programme
An interdisciplinary program which brings creative practitioners into engineering research to broaden its approach and results. Projects are regularly displayed to the public. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Media and Arts Technology
Subjects:
Art, Engineering, Multi-disciplinary projects
Audience:
Past

Mile End Institute
A major policy centre that hosts a wide range of public talks and debate, bringing academics, policy actors and enthusiasts together to listen to expert and prestigious speakers. School/Institute/Department:
School of History, Mile End Institute
Subjects:
Politics, Policy, History
Audience:
Past

Multilingual Capital
This project aims to engage with all groups impacted by multilingualism in London to share and develop insights about experiences of this in our capital city and beyond. School/Institute/Department:
School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film
Subjects:
Bilingualism, Multilingualism
Audience:
Past

Murder, Monks and Medicine
A walking tour that combines local history with active cancer research, following walks by a professional guide with tours of active cancer research laboratories. School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine and Dentistry, Barts Cancer Institute
Subjects:
Cancer Research, Walking Tours, Lab Tours
Audience:
Past

Muscling in!
Centre of the Cell will work with four local schools to create and deliver a new school science show, ‘Muscling in!’ to communicate the physiology of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. School/Institute/Department:
Centre of the Cell, Blizard Institute, Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Subjects:
Science Education, Muscles and Bones
Audience:
Past

Music at QMUL
Music at QMUL stage a range of public concerts, workshops talks and screenings to showcase music performance and research innovation. School/Institute/Department:
Music
Subjects:
Music, Digital Music, Performance
Audience:
Past

Music in the Museum
A collaboration of classical music and medical humanities at QMUL, introducing an audience to new subjects and topics through performance and talks. School/Institute/Department:
Barts Pathology Museum, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Subjects:
Pathology, Music, Medical Humanities, Medicine
Audience:
Past

Navigating Issues of Engagement
A one day colloquium for students and early career researchers interested in learning more about public engagement. The event offered advice, guidance and a range of speakers. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama, School of History
Subjects:
Public Engagement, Medieval and Renaissance/Early Modern studies
Audience:
Past

Observing bees in East London
Researchers at QMUL will promote the planting of pollinator-friendly gardens in London and encourage interest in the native pollinators through a series of workshops, activities and an interactive website. School/Institute/Department:
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Subjects:
Conservation, Bees
Audience:
Past

Patient Involvement at the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation
A collaborative patient involvement programme between academic department and charity which actively involves the public in clinical research activity. School/Institute/Department:
The National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, Blizard Institute, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Subjects:
Patient Involvement, Bowel Cancer, Outreach
Audience:
Past

People's Palace Projects
Advancing the practice and understanding of art for social justice and exploring the ways in which the arts can respond to urgent social crises. School/Institute/Department:
People's Palace Projects
Subjects:
English, Drama, Performance Art
Audience:
Past

Peopling the Palace
Arts and culture festivals based at the People’s Palace, with multi genre programmes of ground breaking experimental theatre, music and dance. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama, AiR Project
Subjects:
Drama, Performance Art, Film, Geography, Media Arts Technology
Audience:
Upcoming

Performing Medicine
A unique programme of workshops for medical students and health professionals, using the arts to teach skills at the heart of clinical training and practice. School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine, Clod Ensemble
Subjects:
Medicine
Audience:
Upcoming

Portrayal and Perceptions
Following the 2011 riots this project worked with young black communities in Tottenham to critically address negative portrayal and self-perceptions, modelling tools to address this. School/Institute/Department:
School of Politics and International Relations
Subjects:
Community Engagement; Self-Perception; Media Portrayal
Audience:
Upcoming

QProjects
QProjects places QMUL students as project leaders within local charities, giving the student an opportunity to develop providing additional skills and resource for the charity. School/Institute/Department:
Careers & Enterprise Centre, Student Services
Subjects:
Enterprise, All
Audience:
Past

R.A.T. (Rodent Activity Transmission)
A series of street art workshops, a website and app, and art exhibition that enables the public to see into the lives of a colony of naked mole rats. School/Institute/Department:
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Subjects:
Naked Mole Rats, Digital Art, Evolution, Biology
Audience:
Past

Ragged Children, Mended Lives?
A permanent gallery display with a linked set of educational resources for work with schools, developed in collaboration with the Ragged School Museum. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, School of English and Drama
Subjects:
History, Museums, Collaboration, Cultural Institutions, Exhibitions
Audience:
Past

Rastafari: The Majesty and the Movement UK
A public exhibition joint organised with community organisations which toured across UK cities matched with a series of activities and events. School/Institute/Department:
School of Politics and International Relations
Subjects:
Black History, Public Exhibitions
Audience:
Past

Science-led Conservation of Turtles
Slaughter of turtles in Cape Verde has been addressed though education programmes and involvement in research to change local attitudes. School/Institute/Department:
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Subjects:
Conservation; International
Audience:
Past

Season of Bangla
QMUL have an ongoing relationship with the Tower Hamlets Season of Bangla Festival, being involved as a venue, co-curators, speakers and in evaluating events. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama
Subjects:
Drama, Performance, Creative Evaluation, Bangla
Audience:
Past

Teach. Tech. Law.
Through Teach. Tech. Law. postgraduate law students from  the Centre for Commercial Law Studies will provide classes to school pupils on law and entrepreneurship. School/Institute/Department:
qLegal, Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Subjects:
Law, Business, Entrepreneurship, Outreach
Audience:
Past

TEMI
A teacher training project transforming science and mathematics practice across Europe, giving teachers the skills, resources and extended support to effectively introduce enquiry based learning. School/Institute/Department:
EECS
Subjects:
Teaching
Audience:
Past

Ten in a Bed
A project that engages directly with the community in workshops to co-produce a performance while enhancing literacy and family learning opportunities for local families. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama, Drama Department, Phakama
Subjects:
Drama
Audience:
Past

The Arduinitar
An award winning project using a build-it-yourself electronic guitar to teach electronic circuits and programming to pre-university audiences. School/Institute/Department:
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, CS4FN
Subjects:
Electronic Engineering, Computer Science
Audience:
Past

The Aylesbury Estate as home
An exhibition at the Geffrye Museum and symposium exploring the history and sotries behind ‘vilified’ modernist high-rise estate, the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark. School/Institute/Department:
School of Geography, Centre for Studies of Home, Geffrye Museum
Subjects:
History, Geography, Sociology, Social History, Artist-led Community Participation, London Housing Crisis
Audience:
Past

The Bioengineering Experience
Children aged 10 took part in real, hands on lab activities which helped to inspire young minds in bioengineering research. School/Institute/Department:
Institute of Bioengineering
Subjects:
Bioengineering, Science, Outreach
Audience:
Past

The Carnival of Lost Emotions
The Carnival of Lost Emotions provokes people to think about emotions in new ways using visible and memorable props to stimulate discussions about emotional states from history that no longer exist. School/Institute/Department:
Centre for the History of Emotions, School of History
Subjects:
History, Emotional States, Performance
Audience:
Past

The Garriott Lecture Series
Popular annual science lectures that are free and open for all to attend, named after astronaut, explorer and computer game designer Richard Garriott. School/Institute/Department:
The Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subjects:
Science, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
Audience:
Past

The International State Crime Initiative
A cross-disciplinary research centre that works to further international understanding and awareness of state crime and human rights violations. School/Institute/Department:
School of Law, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subjects:
Human Rights, State Crime, Law, Non-Governmental Organisations
Audience:
Past

The Magic of Computer Science
This website uses video tutorials to explore the scientific workings behind exciting magic tricks and explains how to perform them. School/Institute/Department:
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, CS4FN
Subjects:
Computer Science, Magic
Audience:
Past

The Meanings of Military Service
Draws on Queen Mary archives and expertise to engage teachers and pupils from secondary schools at KS3 with new materials and resources on the First World War School/Institute/Department:
Library, School of History
Subjects:
History, World War One
Audience:
Past

The Story Collider
A series of science storytelling shows which take place in non-academic environments, featuring people telling true, personal stories about their experiences with science. School/Institute/Department:
School of Physics and Astronomy
Subjects:
Science, Storytelling
Audience:
Past

Trauma Surgery: The Science of the Bleeding Obvious!
An interactive exhibit bringing the world of civilian trauma care to life, showcasing the research being conducted at one of the world’s top trauma centres. School/Institute/Department:
School of Medicine & Dentistry, Blizard Institute
Subjects:
Trauma surgery, Medicine
Audience:
Past

Warblr
A phone app that uses QMUL research to allow the public to identify birds by their song while also gathering data for a citizen science initiative to map geolocated bird sounds. School/Institute/Department:
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subjects:
Ornithology, Citizen Science, Smart Apps
Audience:
Past

Wild, Wild Women
A collaborative research report sharing learning from an intergenerational arts programme bringing together older women in east London with local school girls. School/Institute/Department:
School of English and Drama
Subjects:
Arts; Collaborative Research;
Audience:
Upcoming
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