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Mapping Public Engagement with Research in a UK University

Grand, Ann; Davies, Gareth; Holliman, Richard and Adams, Anne (2015). Mapping Public Engagement with Research in a UK University. PLoS ONE, 10(4) pp. 1–19.

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Abstract

Notwithstanding that ‘public engagement’ is conceptualised differently internationally and in different academic disciplines, higher education institutions largely accept the importance of public engagement with research. However, there is limited evidence on how researchers conceptualise engagement, their views on what constitutes engagement and the communities they would (or would not) like to engage with. This paper presents the results of a survey of researchers in the Open University that sought to gather data to fill these gaps. This research was part of an action research project designed to embed engagement in the routine practices of researchers at all levels. The findings indicate that researchers have a relatively narrow view of public engagement with research and the communities with which they interact. It also identified that very few strategically evaluate their public engagement activities. We conclude by discussing some of the interventions we have introduced with the aim of broadening and deepening future researcher engagement.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Grand et al.
ISSN: 1932-6203
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
An open research university: How to embed public engagement within the culture of research (RS-11-005-TB)EP/J020087/1RCUK (Research Councils UK)
Keywords: public engagement with research; engaged research; organizational change; sustainability; shared understanding; reward and recognition; culture of practice; scholarship of engagement
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 43126
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 08:44
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 16:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43126
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