Posts tagged: Public engagement

Public engagement – looking beyond REF

For anyone new to the idea of generating and capturing impact from their research, a good place to start is public engagement.

By disseminating your research more widely and engaging with a variety of different stakeholders you will be able to track whether your research is having a real-world impact.

Some of the best resources that we have found for getting started with public engagement can be found below:

Public engagement toolkits (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement – NCCPE):

Fast Track Impact Blog – Evidencing Impacts from Public Engagement:

Research for All Journal Article: A Common Standard for the Evaluation of Public Engagement with Research (Reed et al., 2018): Website – The impact Factor: How to Raise Your Public Profile:

If you have any questions or would like to explore this further, please contact Emma Sutton, Impact, Engagement & Environment Coordinator at

Why not take this opportunity to check out the impact resources available on our intranet site:

ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2019

The University of Salford, alongside partner institutions Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, are running around 35 events across Manchester and Salford as part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, which runs from 2-9 November 2019.

The Festival showcases Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. This brings together an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

Aims of the Festival

Through its Festival of Social Science, the ESRC aims to:

  • Encourage, support and create the opportunity for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences
  • Promote and increase awareness of the social sciences and ESRC’s research
  • Promote and increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to the wellbeing and the economy of the UK society
  • Enable the public to engage with social science research
  • Engage with teachers and young people and to raise their awareness of the social sciences.

Contributions from University of Salford researchers:

/ Clare Allely and Toni Wood

Autism and the criminal justice system

Saturday 2nd November 11.00am – 4.00pm / MCUK

/ Solmaz Rohani

Green factors, personal accounting and artificial intelligence (AI)

Saturday 2nd November 10.00am – 3.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Rod Dubrow-Marshall

‘Angry Old Men’ (and Women) – myth busting media stereotypes about the elderly and celebrating their/our lives!

Monday 4th November 6.00pm – 9.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Sarah Smith

Community music making with people living with dementia

Monday 4th November, 10.00am – 3.00pm / Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support, Humphrey Booth Resource Centre

/ Jameel Hadi

Rediscovering values first practice with young people

Wednesday 6th November 9.30am – 12.00pm / UoS Campus

/ Beth Knowles

How is the way we frame homelessness contributing to its rise?

Thursday 7th November 6.00pm – 7.30pm / UoS Campus

/ Graeme Sherriff

Energy as social prescribing in remote rural communities

Thursday 7th November 2.00pm onwards / UoS Campus

/ Ian Cummins

Representations of violence and the impact of violent crime

Saturday 9th November 10.00am – 3.30pm / MCUK

/ Melanie Stephens

Therapeutic night time positioning equipment and the impact on posture and activities of daily living 

Saturday 9th November, 12.00pm – 5.00pm / Manchester Piccadillly Train Station


Why not come along and join in the activities?

Full details of all events across the week are available at:

Tweet your comments using the hashtags #esrcfestival and #McrESRCfest