The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences takes an active role in engaging with the public to promote its research activities and science. We have received prestigious funding (Wellcome Trust, BBSRC) to pursue Public Engagement projects. We are actively addressing ways in which we can assess the impact of our Public Engagement activities. Development of Innovation and Engagement activities is a significant element of the School's overall mission.
Our public engagement activities are aimed at delivering social and cultural impact, inspiring young people to achieve their full potential, to engender their interest in science, and to inform the public on scientific issues of so they may effectively contribute to open debate.
We achieve this through, for example:
- Participation in festivals, public lectures and talks (e.g. The National Eisteddfod, Techniquest, Cheltenham Science Festival);
- Involvement of the public as researchers. (eg Science of Me, School visits, Darwin Centre, The BeeWorld Project);
- Engaging young people in schools to inspire them about science and research (e.g. The School's 'Science of Medicines' pupil engagement activities;
Public Engagement - Science of Medicines:
Case Study Exemplars
|Darwin Centre||Private/Public funded initiative bringing cutting edge science (Biology and Medicine) and entrepreneurship into everyday life.|
|Brain Games||Inspiring young people in Neuroscience through interactive events. Next event the National Museum 16th March 2014.|
|Monmouth Science Initiative||Educational Partnership between Secondary schools and Cardiff University.|
|Engagement with Charities||Healthy Places, Healthy People - Aiming for closer connections between the University and local communities.|
|Techniquest||Teaching Techniquest visitors about cells, DNA and cancer research.|
|Schools and Colleges||Colleges and School visits.|
|Engagement with Science||National Eisteddfod of Wales / Festivals. Science with Dr Arwyn Jones|
|Understanding Bees - Wales takes the lead.|
Public engagement can provide a variety of benefits to staff and students as well as to the University and the wider public. It can:
• Open up new research directions, and encourage new collaborations within and outside your
• Increase funding success and open up new funding streams
• Build communication and other transferable skills
• Help you see the broader context of your work, provide new perspectives and raise the profile of
• Attract new students to your discipline and inspire young people
• Be enjoyable and personally rewarding
STEM Ambassador scheme This scheme is nationally recognised and only commits you to an initial CRB check and one school engagement activity (of your choice) per year.
You can find more details of the staff involved here.