What is Public Engagement?

Public Engagement is the term used in Universities to describe ways that Higher Education Institutions connect with the outside world. The University of Huddersfield's Public Engagement Strategy, has more information about what we mean by public engagement and our four priorities. For more context please read our Knowledge Exchange Strategy.


Public Engagement at Huddersfield

The University recognises that engagement happens in different ways throughout the organisation, and has prioritised work to share good practice and bring people together. The central function that oversees this area at the University is the University Knowledge Exchange Group. For more information about UKEG, or how Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange supports engagement please contact Dave Smith, Public Engagement Manager.



Introductory training courses are available to book via People and Organisational Development. An Introduction to Public Engagement with Research course is run termly and is open to all staff and PGRs.


Public Engagement Community of Practice

This group meets termly to discuss practical issues relating to public engagement at the university. If you would like an invite please contact the Public Engagement Manager.


Public Engagement Champions

Each Academic School has a nominated Public Engagement Champion. If you are an academic researcher, please contact your Champion with an enquiry in the first instance.


School of Business, Education and Law

Dr Adrian Jarvis

School of Applied Sciences

Professor Laura Waters

School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Rowan Bailey

School of Computing and Engineering

Dr Leigh Fleming

School of Human and Health Sciences

Dr Leanne Monchuk (on leave)


Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund

The Public Engagement Seed Fund is an exciting opportunity for University of Huddersfield researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.


Watermark FAQ

The Watermark is an award granted to institutions, faculties and research centres for their strategic support for public engagement, and their ability to demonstrate a commitment to improvement.