Public Engagement at Goldsmiths

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Our commitment to engaging the public with research and practice.

Rose Sinclair from the Department of Design talks to visitors to her Textile Networks installation in November 2015.

Goldsmiths is a research-intensive institution with a vibrant community of thinkers and practitioners. Our reputation for creativity, interdisciplinarity and research excellence is complemented by our open, inclusive approach and commitment to affecting change for the common good.

We are signatories of the RCUK Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement's Manifesto for public engagement. And we have recently developed a new Public Engagement Strategy to steer our activities through to the REF in 2021 and beyond.

Our engagement is research-led and audience focused, and we aim to fire the curiosity of those we engage with. Take a look at some examples of our researchers' recent public engagement activities, from a series of events marking the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham, to an interactive courtroom experiement, and massive online Q&As on reddit. 

Our Public Engagement Annual Review 2017 highlights some of our recent achievements and challenges, while looking forward to the year ahead. 

What is public engagement?

There are many definitions of public engagement and we reference two of the most prominent when thinking about public engagement at Goldsmiths.

Research Councils UK, who fund research projects at UK universities, define public engagement as ‘any activity that engages the public with research’ moving away ‘from an old model of public understanding of science towards a more dynamic, two-way model of dialogue, collaboration and consultation’.

This includes sharing the findings of research at Goldsmiths with the broadest possible audience and involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders in our research as collaborators and participants.

We also employ the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement definition, which emphasises the mutual benefits of engaging the public with our research:

"Public engagement describes 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."​

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