Public Engagement for Research

Our Activities

Over the academic year, the University is involved with many opportunities to engage with the public and we have a high-level, cross-University forum where colleagues develop a collective approach to our community and public engagement activities. Some of our flagship activities include the following events:

Discover, Develop and Explore…

Our annual Festival of Research brings together academics, students, industry and the public to discuss and develop the future research strategy. It provides a platform to showcase Salford’s research to the local community, providing a variety of engaging events on campus, in Peel Park and across venues in Manchester and Salford.

Working closing with Salford City Council we have co-created previous festivals with more than 70 of our industry and community partners. Our Festival makes research accessible to all and includes a programme of activity designed specifically for local schools. At the heart of the festival is the Postgraduate Research flagship conference, SPARC, where festival goers can enjoy performances, music, family friendly fun and opportunities to meet with students and staff, share research interests and experiences.

Further information on the Festival is available at:




Salford University is the lead educational partner for Manchester Science Festival, which is organised by the Science and Industry Museum to create innovative, inspiring and educational experiences around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. In past festivals we have showcased innovative sci-art experiences created with our industrial and artistic partners.

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The Festival of Social Science is a national event now in its 19th year. Salford partners with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University to produce a local programme of events to showcase recent developments in social science research across the Greater Manchester area. Past events have covered contemporary themes including ageing and health, education, virtual reality and AI. The focus of the Festival in 2021 was climate change, to tie in with the COP26 event in Glasgow, which took place in November 2021.

The festival engages the wider community through a variety of mechanisms including interactive workshops, exhibitions, participatory research and debates. This enables us to showcase our research and also to seek feedback from our local community to contribute to our current research projects and to shape our future research agenda.

Further information on Salford’s participation in this year’s festival can be found at:


The Institute was launched in 2014 to conduct vital research and community engagement work into living well with dementia. It brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics drawn from the sciences, technology, arts and humanities and social science to undertake research into dementia in the areas of creativity, technology and the environment.

Academics work closely with a panel of Dementia Associates, who have direct experience of living with, or supporting someone who is living with, dementia. Through co-production, Dementia Associates contribute to setting the Institute’s research agenda and to the organisation of conferences and engagement events.

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Established in 2014, The #SciComm Space develops, supports, and delivers public engagement events, experiences, and projects across the University, most recently launching the University Research Podcast. Working in partnership with teams across the University, the Space has pioneered creative, immersive events that have brought together the University in public engagement collaboration.