Graphic Science undertook a baseline review of public engagement at the University of Bath. We carried out an online survey and a series of interviews with academic staff in order to gauge attitudes and behaviours with respect to public engagement. Our report and recommendations are being used to inform the University’s strategy on public engagement as they develop their Engaged360 programme.
In 2012, the University of Bath was one of eight HEIs to be granted RCUK Catalyst funding. The Catalyst scheme represents the second wave of funding from RCUK aimed at embedding a culture of public engagement in higher education.
The University has called their project Bath Engaged360, based round the concept of embedding public engagement across the whole 360 research lifecycle. The aim is to embed a public engagement culture at all phases of the research lifecycle, from conception to impact. Led by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, the Engaged360 project team has established a new Public Engagement Unit headed by a Director of Public Engagement and supported by a Public Engagement Officer.
Graphic Science were written into the bid as the project evaluators.