Public and Civic Engagement with Research

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) describes public engagement as: 

The myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit. 

At Teesside University, engaging the public with research forms part of our institutional mission and is embedded with our Engagement Strategy and Charter for Social Impact.  

Public Engagement and Citizen Science are seen as core components of Responsible Research and Innovation. They encourage a democratic approach to research design and practice and ensure public trust and investment in research and development. 

Civic Engagement with Research focuses specifically on how to engage regional communities, organisations, and policymakers. Teesside University works with organisations across the University to ensure our research tackles region specific issues and inclusive regional development.


Vision for Public Engagement (UKRI) Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research (UKRI) Engaging the Public through Social Media (NCCPE) Planning Your Public Engagement Activities (Wellcome Trust)
RRI Toolkit for Public Engagement (RRI Tools) The Civic University Commission (UPP Foundation) Civic Engagement Resources (Talloires Network) What does it mean to be a 21st Century Civic University (WonkHE)

Recommended Reading

Cerrato, Daelli, Pertot, and Puccioni. 2018. The public-engaged scientists: Motivations, enablers and barriers. Research for All. 2:2, 313-322.

Copley. 2018. Providing evidence of impact from public engagement with research: A case study from the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). Research for All. 2:2, 230-243.

Goddard, Hazelkorn, Kempton, and Vallance. eds. 2016. The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Hall and Tandon. eds. Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change. Palgrave Macmillan.

Panke and Stephens. Beyond the Echo Chamber: Pedagogical Tools for Civic Engagement Discourse and Reflection. Educational Technology & Society. 21: 1, 248-263.

The below journals may also be of interest:

Research for All (UCL IOE Press with NCCPE).

Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education (Indiana State University)

Development Opportunities 

Boosting Your Research Profile Programme: This programme is open to all researchers, from PGR to Professor, and supports attendees to develop their academic profile, improve their communication skills, and write high quality publications.  

Realising Research Impact Programme: This programme introduces participants to research impact and support them with developing personalised impact plans and delivering high quality engagement and enterprise activities.  

For more information on these programmes, visit our Training Programme pages.