Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Events

    • ISSF Bursaries
      • PE bursaries
        • 7 PE bursaries were awarded in 2015.
          • Meriem Kayoueche-Reeve, SOI. ‘Build a Salt Marsh’
          • Lewis Dean, P&N. ‘Alas Poor Darwin’ (Received high acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including a 4 star review in Broadway Baby)
          • Nikolaos Papadogiannis, History. ‘On the Move’
          • Emma Black, Art History. ‘When Medicine Met Art’
          • Maggie Ellis, P&N. ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ (receiving extensive coverage in local press and developing in to a long term project and potential Impact case study) More details here.
          • Guiseppe Pica, Physics. ‘Human Quantum Computer’
          • Alina Loth, SOI. ‘Illustrating Research’ More details here.
        • Travel bursaries
  • Chrysalis. A project supporting, promoting and inspiring women in, and into, science.
    • We received a small grant (£500) from the Biochemical Society to put towards this initiative. Local artist Sophie McKay Knight created a series of pieces inspired from conversations with BSRC researchers at all levels. These were displayed in the Byre Theatre as part of Sophie’s larger exhibition in March and April and as part of the Women in Science Festival.
    • An unexpectedly large success of this project has been the Chrysalis Conversation event. Essentially this was a relaxed meeting with established women researchers talking about their careers with PhD students and early career researchers. The feedback from all researchers was hugely positive and several requests have come through to make this a series of on going events. Chrysalis was featured in the Institutional Athena SWAN bid and there are plans to continue the conversations part of the project.
  • The XX Factor
    • To inspire children with more accessible female role models I have devised a new event: The XX Factor. With funding from Admissions we brought 180 P6/7 pupils from Thornton, East Wemyss and Coaltown of Calgonie primary schools to attend the event on the 11th March in the Byre Theatre to coincide with the Women in Science Festival. A short series of flash talks (3 minutes, 3 slides) were presented by women PhD students. Pupils voted for their winner. In the afternoon this was complemented by a speed careers event with the pupils and speakers. From this one event we were invited to create more events (2 in planning – one for the Being Human Festival and one for the Explorathon on European Researchers Night) and to present the activity at the Using STEM Research Conference. Evaluation of both students and teachers showed the value in raising awareness of not only women in STEM but also in the diversity of careers in STEM.
      Additionally one of our participating schools, Thornton PS has been shortlisted (one of three and the only primary school) for the Scottish Education STEM awards. We participated in their judging day.
  • Women in Science Festival, March 2016.
    • Run by the University of Dundee we were invited to host a series of satellite events in 2016. We were awarded £1000 from E&D for events. This included the XX Factor and a Chrysalis Conversation event among others and we have been asked to participate again in 2017.
  • Cutting Room Conversations
    • Launched in February 2016 this event creates a cross disciplinary platform for public engagement displaying the breadth of research at St Andrews and the interactive nature of research overall. Essentially a film showing followed by a cross-disciplinary panel of researchers bringing a new perspective to the film, researchers from Biology, Medicine, Physics, English, History, Psychology, Modern Languages and Geology have participated. Fife libraries have based some of their book club choices on the films in the series with the result that audience has attended from around Fife.
  • Cell Block Science
    • In collaboration with colleagues from North Lanarkshire College we won funding from the Wellcome Trust People’s Award (£32,664) to bring informal science learning to Scottish prisons, specifically Corntonvale and Shotts prisons, short to medium term female inmates and medium to long term male inmates respectively.
  • European Researcher’s Night
    • 2015: Our ResearchLIVE! event on ERN had 248 attendees from as far away as Dundee, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. Our venue capacity was 250 and there was limited advertising so this was a huge success. All events evaluated very well, the only negative comments coming from venue limitations such as lighting, which we were aware of and were unavoidable.
    • 2016/17 Funding bid. The Explorathon partners (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde) invited us to be a partner for the 2016/17 bid which was submitted mid January and has been successful.
    • Events for 2016 include another round of the XX Factor, science mystery meals and wine tastings, more input from MUSA including potential museum sleepovers, events stemming from the AHRC funded CE fellows’ work and free transport from Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, on the ‘research bus’ with on-board activities. Fife Cultural Trust would like to promote and have offered further subsidised transport from Cowdenbeath.
  • 3 minute thesis
    • I applied for and have been awarded £1270 from CAPOD to run 3 minute thesis in St Andrews in 2016. The public final on the 27th May includes students from Chemistry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Biology, Physics and Astronomy, History, Geography and Geosciences.
  • AHRC cultural engagement fellows.
    • Research Business Development and Contracts approached me with an opportunity they had been advised of for funding for cultural engagement and ECR training in the arts and humanities. I helped applicants develop their proposals and the research policy office, James Palmer and I have co-ordinated on the final applications. As a consequence of this the AHRC awarded St Andrews £50,000 for 3 projects:
      • The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker: The Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present, Manager: Michael Brown, Fellow: Claire Hawes, School of History
      • Virginia Woolf & Music: A Concert Series, Manager: Dr Emma Sutton, Fellow:Dr Lisa Griffin, School of English
      • Talking Law, Manager: Caroline Humfress/John Hudson, Fellow: Will Eves, School of History
  • Being Human Festival
    • We have a bid in for funding for the Bring Human Festival in November 2017
  • Community partners
    • Fife Cultural Trust continue to be a key partner co-producing events and giving us access to venues and audiences in areas including our most underserved audiences. As well as linking in their library book clubs with our Cutting Room Conversations events they are running an innovative project of their own, ‘Be Jennie Lee’ (founder of OU – from Cowdenbeath) which will reach all school children in Fife, especially girls, raising aspirations and increasing knowledge of, and familiarity with, higher education and research. The stated aim is to create 50 new ‘Jennie Lees’ by 2019, the OU’s 50th We are now key contributors to this project with researchers across the sciences, arts and humanities contributing to the project.
  • National Library of Scotland. I have on going links with the science curator including a science book club run out of the library.
  • Scottish Prison Service. Through the Cell Block Science Project we have on going invitations for visits to present informal science events in Scottish prisons through their teaching centres formally run by North Lanarkshire College.
  • Scouts. Various troops are interested in further interactions. I delivered a plenary talk at the East of Scotland Assistant District Commissioner’s meeting in January.
  • University strategy
    • KE strategy update – I’m leading on the PE aspect.
    • Manifesto for PE – hopefully we can sign up to this in the near future.
  • Training
    • Previous delivery
      • CAPOD: delivering ‘Practical PE’ workshops as well as the training through activities described above.
      • Have organised a ‘Making Video Content’ workshop with Media Services and Steve Smart.
      • ERN – delivered 2 training sessions specifically for the ResearchLIVE! event helpers.
      • Physics – have sourced individuals to deliver training (writing for non-scientists and presentation design) as requested by the students on the CDT.
      • Media training was delivered once with outstanding evaluation however have been asked to not deliver this again by Corporate Communications.
    • Future plans   We have plans with CAPOD to bring all the PE relevant workshops together to create a suite of training for researchers.