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SMD Strategy

Public Engagement

To achieve maximum impact from our academic work through public engagement and partnerships with businesses, government, charities, cultural organisations, and others in the wider community.

We already work with a broad range of NHS partners to develop new research and maximise the impact of existing research. There are strong links with individual NHS Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust and the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

We are enhancing our partnerships, working with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). The School is a partner within UCLP and part of the Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). Other partnerships include Health Education England, North Central and East London team, the Global Medical Excellence Cluster (GMEC), Care City, Genomics England, MedCity and organisations that support our public engagement activities (e.g. Social Action for Health).

We will continue to build upon our public engagement
with our Centre of the Cell and Barts Pathology Museum initiatives, broadening our activities to reach larger and more diverse populations. The Centre of the Cell is the first science education centre in the world to be located within
a biomedical research laboratory. We now wish to expand this activity by building the NeuronPod. The Barts Pathology Museum preserves a heritage of some 5,000 human pathological specimens spanning more than two centuries and attracts around 5-6,000 public visitors a year. We will

seek museum accreditation, which will take us forward as a nationally recognised museum. Working with and supported by expert staff at the Centre for Public Engagement (CPE), we will continue developing new initiatives to disseminate knowledge created with our research activities. Sustainability of activities will be ensured by embedding requests for funds within all grant applications to suitable external funding sources.

We will continue supporting a number of programmes that in the past years have gone from strength to strength, particularly those run via Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA) such as:

  • The Teddy Bear Hospital, aimed at helping young children between 3 and 7 years to lose their fear of hospitals

  • Student-Assisted Medical and Dental Applicants (SAMDA), a society providing support to year 12 and 13 students from east London with their medical and dental UCAS applications

  • The Griffin Trust, a charity which aims to promote integration between medical and dental students with elderly residents living in the local community.

Objectives

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5.1 To increase our international engagement and reputation in research, and to attract high calibre international staff members

Indicator of ProgressTarget

Number of new long-term collaborative research programmes with overseas partners

Three major programmes to be initiated by 2020
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5.2 To further our leadership in Public Engagement

Indicator of ProgressTarget

Development of new Public Engagement Centres

Development of new Public Engagement Activities

One new Public Engagement centre developed over the strategy period

One new initiative developed each year

New Public Engagement Seminar series by 2017

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5.3 To enhance communication of our research activities internally, nationally and internationally

Indicator of ProgressTarget

Website development and enhancement

To organise stakeholder engagement events

New website completed by 2018

Year on year increase in number of events organised