Public Engagement

Contact the Centre for Public Engagement

The Centre for Public Engagement has a core team of five members of staff, including the Vice Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, Professor Peter McOwan. 

You can contact the CPE to discuss our services and as any ideas or projects to involve people outside higher education with Queen Mary University of London using the details below. 

You can also book a half hour slot at one of our fortnightly across the three QMUL campuses to discuss public engagement directly with members of the team.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6115

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Staff Members 


Peter McOwan


Professor Peter McOwan
Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise

Peter is Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary. His research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software. 

Peter has a history of involvement with public engagement, and has worked with CS4FN, an outreach project to enthuse schools about computer science research for many years. He was awarded the 2011 IET Mountbatten Medal for his work in promoting Computer Science to diverse audiences.

Kimberley Freeman

Executive Officer for Public Engagement and Director of the Centre for Public Engagement

Kimberley Freeman is Executive Officer for Public Engagement, and Director of the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Kimberley has worked in public engagement and science communication for the past eight years, having previously been Partnership Communications Manager at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Public Engagement Manager at UCL, and Public Engagement and Publications Co-ordinator at The Royal College of Pathologists. Kimberley is co-creator of the London SciComm Socials, and mentors public engagement and science communication professionals across London.


Sarah Barnes


Sarah Barnes
Public Engagement Manager

Sarah is the Public Engagement Manager and leads on public engagement training, funding advice and external opportunities, and manages the CPE team.

She runs training for all staff and students, starting with a basic introduction to public engagement as well as training focussed on specific audiences and engagement methods.

Sarah has worked at the University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics, leading on their science engagement activities at events ranging from small school workshops to national music festivals. She has also spent the past 5 years working at the Science Museum in London, presenting science shows to visitors of all ages.

Sarah also has a background in theatre production, and has worked on a number of productions across the UK, including 3 years as Company and Stage Manager for a theatre company based at the Roundhouse, Camden.

Sarah has a degree in physics from QMUL, and is a member of the Institute of Physics. 

Sarah Gifford

Community Engagement Officer

Sarah is the Community Engagement Officer and leads on Queen Mary's local community engagement. She works with a wide range of community groups, organisations and charities in Tower Hamlets and east London, to connect them to the breadth of projects, research and teaching taking place at Queen Mary. She connects Queen Mary staff and students to the wealth of knowledge, expertise and opportunities in our local communities with the aim of generating new connections, partnerships and mutually beneficial working.

Sarah also leads on the annual Festival of Communities, a leading event in Tower Hamlets which brings residents, community organisations and Queen Mary staff and students together to explore living and learning in the borough.

Sarah previously managed the student volunteering programme at Queen Mary Students' Union for 7 years.

Sarah has a degree in history from QMUL.

Natt Day

Public Engagement Officer

Natt is the Public Engagement Officer and is the first point of contact for general enquiries for the CPE. She is also responsible for the centre’s communications, providing advice and guidance for engagement projects, the management of the small grants, and developing methods to disseminate best practice.

Prior to joining the team, Natt has been working in public engagement and outreach for 3 years. She worked at the central public engagement teams at University of Southampton and Bournemouth University running a variety of support and training initiatives, as well as delivering events and platforms like science festivals, research engagement roadshows, and public lectures. Natt has also been designing and delivering a number of public engagement activities around lung health, asthma, and the common cold—which has included working with the My Asthma in School team.

Natt has a PhD in Infection and Immunity from University of Southampton, and currently volunteers with the British Science Association, and is STEM Ambassador.

The Centre for Public Engagement
CB100, Queens' Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS