Queen Mary University of London has a long history of public engagement, dating back to our origins as the People’s Palace in 1887. Today we are proud to be an institution that remains committed to connecting with our local community. We strive to create an environment where our University’s research, teaching, and other core business can be shaped, shared, and conducted with the public as partners in this process.
Our ambition is to embed public and community engagement across all aspects of university life. We want our staff and students to have access to the highest quality support and to be able to utilise that support to intergrate public and community engagement into their work at Queen Mary.
Our approach to public engagement is based on our strong community links, and our desire to be an engaged university and a good neighbour. We believe that everyone at Queen Mary can work with people outside the university in a mutually beneficial way.
The Queen Mary Strategy 2030 highlights our commitment to engagement, including it as a contribution to one of the three pillars of research excellence: ‘We will build on our core values to further embed a culture of engaged research practice creating an environment where research can be shaped, conducted, and results disseminated with the public as partners, at home and overseas’
But public engagement at Queen Mary goes beyond engaged research to include curriculum development and teaching, and engagement with other core business of the university, such as our sustainability work and library services. We strongly believe that by being open, inclusive, and collaborative in our work, we can achieve excellence throughout the university and create social impact for all the communities involved.
Find out more about the Centre for Public Engagement team.