We place emphasis on initiatives that embed public engagement in the University's research process, in line with the ever-strengthening national frameworks around public engagement, training and impact. On a day to day basis we support grant and fellowship applications, partnership building, bespoke academic-led initiatives and skills development.
We represent the University's sector-leading engagement strategy on a national and international stage and report on our progress to the major funders in alignment with the Concordat and Manifesto for Engaging the Public with Research.
In 2016 we won two national ARMA awards for our efforts in bringing research to the general public. Our strategy for supporting academic-led public engagement won the Public Engagement and Advocacy award. In addition, the Aberdeen-led EXPLORATHON (European Researchers' Night, Scotland) project in collaboration with the universities of Glasgow, Strathcylde, St Andrews and the Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Network, picked up the Outstanding Collaboration award.
The University’s Catalyst Project led by its Public Engagement and Researcher Development Units places the professional development of researchers at the core of innovative engagement activity involving the public, policy makers, teachers and industry. This successful approach was nominated in the Times Higher Education 2013 Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers category. The commitment of the University of Aberdeen in engaging local publics has also been recognised with a nomination in the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community category for its approach to delivering the British Science Festival 2012.
We are also very pleased that the University May festival was a finalist in the Scottish Event Awards in 2013, of which featured a highly popular strand dedicated to engaging publics with research. These nominations highlight the quality of engagement activities and events along with the skills training and support networks available for researchers at the University of Aberdeen.
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To help create a valued culture for public engagement we've introduced new initiatives including our annual Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research and an Annual Competition.
We also coordinate and deliver an award-winning suite of public facing events including the UK's biggest community cafe programme and the academic-led 'Discover' strand of the University's annual festival as well as providing the major contribution towards Aberdeen's TechFest festival. We also encourage and coordinate the University's involvement in UK wide initiatives including the Festival of Social Sciences and British Science Week.
We also work closely with the Researcher Development Unit to provide support and training so that staff and students are confident in their public engagement pursuits and empowered to explore creative new channels of engagement.