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 is currently developing a Public Engagement Strategy, which will have more information about what we mean by public engagement. For more information about our plans, please read our Knowledge Exchange Strategy or read the information on the Watermark page.


Public Engagement at Huddersfield

The central function that oversees this area at the University is the University Public Engagement Group. For more information about UPEG, or how Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange supports PE, please contact Dave Smith, Public Engagement Manager.

Plans are in development for more formal support for staff and students, which will be launched Autumn 2022.


Public Engagement Champions

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


Huddersfield Business School

Dr John Lever

School of Applied Sciences

Professor Laura Waters

School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Jodie Matthews

School of Computing and Engineering

Dr Leigh Flemming

School of Education and Professional Development

Dr Adrian Jarvis

School of Human and Health Sciences

Dr Leanne Monchuk


Public Impact and Engagement Club

PIE Club is an informal network open to all staff and postgraduates at the University.


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.