Public Engagement

Engaged Topics Network

At Queen Mary, we believe that everyone can work with people outside the of the University in a mutually beneficial way. Across our University we know that there is some exceptional public engagement activity happening, with the students and staff involved keen to share their experiences and knowledge with others, to inspire future engagement work and develop their own engagement practice. 

To facilitate this, the Centre for Public Engagement runs the Engaged Topics Network: a community for individuals involved in public engagement activities. The network provides a space where all staff and students at Queen Mary can come together to share their knowledge and experiences, build new collaborations, and provide support for one another, accompanied with some coffee and cake. 


The Engaged Topics Network aims to: 

  • Create a community of those involved in engaged practice, to provide peer-to-peer support and foster collaborations 
  • Share knowledge and learning amongst the Queen Mary community to improve the quality of our engagement activity 
  • Provide a space where we can collectively work towards developing a more engaged Queen Mary 

How Engaged Topics run:

The Centre for Public Engagement organises informal sessions termly as part of the Engaged Topics Network. These sessions are open to all students and staff at Queen Mary to attend, and you are free to choose which sessions you do/don't attend.

Each session runs for 90 minutes with a mixture of presentations, Q&A space, and facilitated discussions. After each session, a member of the Centre for Public Engagement will run a further 30 minute 'Advice Surgery' session to support people with any of their thoughts/ideas developed in the session.

As the Engaged Topic Network exists to support our staff and students, the CPE are keen to ensure the programme is directed by our community and so welcome your suggestions for topics and themes for future sessions. 

Next network meeting

'On Partnerships: A conversation'
Wednesday 14 April: 2:00-3:30pm

Partnerships allow us to work with groups and organisations beyond Queen Mary to help bring new perspectives, new skills and knowledge, and new approaches into our work. But how do we build these partnerships from the conversations that we have? Join the Centre for Public Engagement and colleagues from across the University as they reflect on the stories of their partnership journeys and share the things that they learnt along the way. 

This session will run as part of the Queen Mary Conversations series. Please email to book

Past Engaged Topic Network sessions

Below is the archive of the learning shared as part of our previous Engaged Topic Network sessions.

This session was ran in January 2021 in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explored how those at Queen Mary have adapted their work to engage 'dispite the distance' using online approaches.

Read the lessons learnt here