Public Engagement

2020/21 Blog Posts

In Review: Engagement and Impact Awards 2021
6 July 2021

“After such a challenging 18 months, it is heartening to see that engaging with the outside world and making contributions to society continues to be a priority for staff and students”—Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal

Contributing to life in east London together
3 June 2021

Ever since Queen Mary’s founding institutions were dedicated to improving local health and education, our university has been a part of east London. Even today, thousands of our staff and students come from and live in the local area. 

Members of the Stories from Home team having a conversation with young children about their heritage and languages Preserving a generation of stories from home
14 May 2021

Tower Hamlets is home to one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the UK, with families speaking different languages between generations. Emily Burns, Director of Queen Mary’s Centre for Public Engagement, caught up with the team behind Stories from Home to find out how this unique project aimed at ensuring stories and heritage languages are passed on to the next generation – a key part of cultural history and identity – came to be.  

Particle physics, puzzles, and the public
28 April 2021

Seth Zenz, a Lecturer at Queen Mary’s Particle Physics Research Centre in the School of Physics and Astronomy, recently won the South East Physics Network’s 2021 Public Engagement Champion Award. Emily Burns, Director of the Centre for Public Engagement, caught up with the Higgs boson expert intent on colliding CERN with schools. 

From end-users to co-designers: exploring the use of assistive technology amongst wheelchair users
27 April 2021

Ildar Farkhatdinov, Lecturer in Robotics from the Centre for Advanced Robotics, and Stuart Miller, Lecturer in Biomechanics from the Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre tell us the story of their Large Grant project engaging with the wheelchair community.

Engaged Topics Network: Engagement in the age of social distancing
23 February 2021

Many of our engagement projects rely on being able to interact face-to-face with our audiences to spark conversation; so how do we engage when these in-person interactions are no longer an option? At our latest Engaged Topics Network meeting, we explored how those at Queen Mary have adapted their work to engage online and the lessons they've learnt along the way

Running a creative film festival based around space science
4 January 2021

Martin Archer, a UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellow in Space Physics and Public Engagement, tells the story of his Large Grant project 'Space Sound Effects'

Reflecting on 2020
17 December 2020

Before we say goodbye to 2020, the CPE team thought it would be good to reflect on what has been a challenging year for many,  and take some time to send thanks to all across Queen Mary who have continued to share knowledge and work collaboratively with the public throughout.

A Bit of CS4FN: Mini computing magazines for primary schools
9 December 2020

Jo Brodie, the Public Engagement Co-ordinator for Computer Science for Fun (CS4FN) tells us the story of their Large Grant project 'A bit of CS4FN'

"Engaging with society has never been more vital"
17 November 2020

In our latest blog, the Director of the Centre for Public Engagement Emily Burns reflects and shares her opinion on why now, more than ever before, it's vital to engage with society.

CPExplores: Should we be taking our engagement projects online?
1 May 2020

The current situation has been raising lots of questions for all our public engagement work. In our latest blog series 'CPExplores', the Centre for Public Engagement will be setting out to explore the lay of the engagement land answer some of your most pressing engagement questions.