We are committed to engaging the public with our research and its potential impact on society and healthcare. Our long-term research projects have ambitious goals which raise many valid questions on what the future of clinical practice might look like - what decisions would AI algorithms be responsible for? Will robots one day be delivering treatment? What are cellular therapies and when would they be used?
We want to ensure we have open, two-way dialogues with the public from the national level right the way through to local focus groups. This will help to inform our research from the earliest stages of the project and involve the public with how funds are being spent.
We have dedicated specialists to help build strategic and meaningful engagement into our funding applications and coordinate an annual calendar of activities.
From students through to senior leadership our researchers participating in public engagement activities throughout the year. We have showcased our research at events such as the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, Pint of Science, Green Man Festival and many more. Our experienced team of specialists coordinate and deliver training covering presentation skills and help to develop content and demos which ensures our research is accessible to a range of audiences.
Patient and Public Involvement
We organise and participate in many PPI groups with a range of specialist focus areas. This helps us manage meaningful, long-term conversations with patients on the care they are receiving or might receive one day and allow them to feedback on how research funding is being used. We also coordinate surveys at the national level to help inform our research and measure public opinion on certain topics.
Public Engagement Committee
The Public Engagement Committee is a group of staff and postgraduate research students who help to shape the Schools public engagement strategy, activities, training, grant scheme and annual events programme. As ambassadors, they champion patient and public involvement within their department and share best practice to help embed a culture of engagement within our school.