Public Engagement: Attitudes, Culture and Ethos

Duncan, Sophie; Grand, Ann; Hope-Stone, Hugh; Holliman, Richard; Hollingworth, Neville; Chambers, Jennie; Norton, Andrew; McDonald, Averil; Kukula, Marek and Gillespie, Derek (2016). Public Engagement: Attitudes, Culture and Ethos. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Swindon.



The 'Public Engagement: Attitudes, Culture and Ethos' (PEACE) Report was commissioned by STFC’s Public Engagement Team. The report explores physical science researchers’ perceptions of the challenges and opportunities they face in the course of balancing engagement activities alongside other aspects of their careers. We collected and analysed quantitative and qualitative evidence through two linked but independent projects. Together, they: i) document evidence about how STFC’s funded community approaches, evaluates, supports, and rewards public engagement activity; ii) report how STFC’s key research departments or schools have responded to institutional engagement funding; and iii) offer reflections on the impact of these investments in changing research practice, reward and recognition, and demonstration of impact. The findings recognise that although there are a large number of people proactively engaging with members of the public, the academic culture is not always conducive to those who want to develop their expertise in this area. This review includes specific recommendations for STFC in terms of: developing their public engagement programme; cultivating ‘engagement-supportive’ cultures in the institutes it supports; and working alongside initiatives as part of the wider sector.

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