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The Engagement Blog gives a space for those involved in public engagement to discuss their projects and comment on learning from specific elements of public engagement, as well as exploring broader themes around this exciting and emerging field. 

Scroll below for all our 2016 posts, or view our full 2015 or 2014 archives.

Find Funding for Public Engagement Projects this Summer: Funding Round-up blog Find Funding for Public Engagement Projects this Summer: Funding Round-up
29 July 2016

This summer there's a wide range of national funding opportunities for public engagement projects across all subjects and disciplines. In his round up blog Dan gives a range of those out there.

What it's like to be part of I'm a Scientist, get me out of Here - hints, tips and experiences blog What it's like to be part of I'm a Scientist, get me out of Here - hints, tips and experiences
15 July 2016

In March Sam Smith was one of 45 scientists to take part in 'I'm a Scientist Get me Out of Here!', an online project that gives school students the chance to talk to real scientists. In his guest blog he tells us about how it felt and gives his tips to other aspiring participants.

QMUL Sustainability Engagement Events 2016 blog QMUL Sustainability Engagement Events 2016
1 July 2016

In their guest post QMUL Sustainability update us on some of the engagement activities they have carried out so far this year, with details of their involvement in community intiatives and the chance for you to as well.

Joints in Space: Outreach at the Festival of Communities blog Joints in Space: Outreach at the Festival of Communities
17 June 2016

The inagural Festvial of Communities culminated on campus, featuring a wide range of events and activites, including the first iteration of Joints in Space, an interative workshop exploring how your bones are effected by space travel. In our guest post Tina tells us about her workshop.

Bringing Tower Hamlets Together at the Festival of Communities blog Bringing Tower Hamlets Together at the Festival of Communities
10 June 2016

The Festival of Communities was a two week festival that sought to bring Tower Hamlets together in exploring living and learning in the borough. Following the final day, Dan talks about the exciting events and discussions the festival featured and the underlying reasons behind its creation.

Festival of Communities - Meet the Organiser blog Festival of Communities - Meet the Organiser
3 June 2016

Sarah Gifford is a Community Engagement Officer working with the Centre for Public Engagement and the Life Sciences Initiative. She is leading on the organisation of the Festival of Communities, QMUL's first community-focused festival, starting on Saturday 21st May.

Community Feeling and Festival Fun at the Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities Fun-Day blog Community Feeling and Festival Fun at the Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities Fun-Day
27 May 2016

On Saturday 21st May QMUL took over Stepney Green Park in Mile End to host the first Festival of Communities Fun-Day with a range of community partners and Tower Hamlets Council. Read our account of the day and what's ahead here.

Why are Clinical Trials important for research? blog Why are Clinical Trials important for research?
20 May 2016

For International Clinical Trial Day, staff at the Blizard Institute created a video explaining the benefits to both research and the public. In our guest blog Isabelle Garvey goes into more detail about why it's important for the public to be aware of their importance.

How to Advise Parliament? Routes into the policy making process blog How to Advise Parliament? Routes into the policy making process
13 May 2016

QMUL policy centre Mile End Institute recently co-hosted a series of events with UCL Public Policy on how to influence policy makers using your research. Here we repost the key findings from their first event, featuring speakers from Parliament, the chaity Sense about Science and The Royal Society.

Join in at the Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities blog Join in at the Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities
6 May 2016

Find out about the Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities, a two-week festival which will celebrate and bring together communities in the East End through events, fun-days and interactive workshops and activities.

Research, Public Engagement and Magic blog Research, Public Engagement and Magic
29 April 2016

Our latest blog post reposts an interview with Professor Peter McOwan, QMUL's Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise. Here he talked to our QMUL People team about his public engagement and how it feeds into his research.

Taking Tyrannosaurus on tour blog Taking Tyrannosaurus on tour
22 April 2016

Researchers at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have recently acquired a lifesize cast of Tyrannosaurus rex skull to use in their outreach work. In his guest blog David Hone introduces us to 'Queenie' and how she is used to engage audiences.

Opening up Indian Shakespeares on Screen blog Opening up Indian Shakespeares on Screen
15 April 2016

Indian Shakespeares on Screen will feature Talks, Screenings, Workshops and Movie Memorabilia between 27- 30 April 2016 to coincide with Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. In her guest post Preti Taneja explains the underlying themes behind the festival and its ties to active research.

BCI STARS, a great way to deliver and to teach science communication blog BCI STARS, a great way to deliver and to teach science communication
8 April 2016

BCI STARS offer a one-week intensive practical course in general research laboratory skills for year 12 students, running every year since 2013. In our latest guest blog post John Marshall explains how these are run, giving insights and practical tips, including an advice summary at the bottom of the post.

Find Funding for Public Engagement Projects this Spring: Funding Round-up blog Find Funding for Public Engagement Projects this Spring: Funding Round-up
31 March 2016

This April there's a wide range of national funding opportunities for public engagement projects across all subjects and disciplines. In his round up blog Dan gives a range of those out there.

Travelling Vicariously – Child Migrant Journeys blog Travelling Vicariously – Child Migrant Journeys
25 March 2016

The Child Migrant Stories project captures the stories of former child migrants as told by them. Eithne Nightingale conceived the project and in her guest post dicusses the journey it's taken her on, how it links to her research and how others can contribute.

Engaging New Audiences with Poetry - Globe Road Poetry Festival blog Engaging New Audiences with Poetry - Globe Road Poetry Festival
18 March 2016

Last year QMUL hosted a local and international poetry festival, introducing audiences to a wide range of poetic styles and performers. In our guest blog the festival organiser, Andrea Brady, gives her highlights and learning from the five day event.

Project Spotlight: Engaging Communities, Saving Bees - Using workshops and virtual engagement to change behaviours blog Project Spotlight: Engaging Communities, Saving Bees - Using workshops and virtual engagement to change behaviours
11 March 2016

In our project spotlight we take a look at efforts to highlight the plight of bees within our east London community through demonstrating the importance and beauty of our native pollinators and how to create the resources they need.

How We Read - Running a successful exhibition on assisted reading technologies blog How We Read - Running a successful exhibition on assisted reading technologies
4 March 2016

In the week of National Book Day Matt Rubery writes a guest blog on his exhibition of reading technologies designed for blind people and the key lessons he picked up during the project.

Ragged Children, Mended Lives: Unearthing Histories of Poverty and Philanthropy for a 21st-Century Audience blog Ragged Children, Mended Lives: Unearthing Histories of Poverty and Philanthropy for a 21st-Century Audience
26 February 2016

In our guest blog post, originally posted on the Creativeworks London blog, Peter Mitchell takes us through the process of creating a collaborative exhibit and portfolio of educational resources with the Ragged School Museum in east London.

Lived Experience Researchers: Involving Patients and Carers in Research Pt II blog Lived Experience Researchers: Involving Patients and Carers in Research Pt II
5 February 2016

In our last post Aysegul Dirik discussed the process of involving patients as researchers in her conceptual review. Following on from recruitment, she now talks more about the shape of her meetings, learning points and next steps.

Lived Experience Researchers: Involving Patients and Carers in Research blog Lived Experience Researchers: Involving Patients and Carers in Research
15 January 2016

Aysegul Dirik involved patients and carers as lived experience researchers in her conceptual review into treatment of mental health. In the first of two guest posts she discusses the reasons behind this and how she went about setting up and recruiting for the posts.

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