Public Engagement

PE Summer School Poster

Applications are now open for this year’s AHRC-TORCH Public Engagement Summer School, which will run from 18-22 July 2016.

Download the application form here. Deadline to apply is 30 May 2016.

The aims of the summer school are to:

  • Introduce PhD students and early career researchers to the idea and application of public engagement.
  • Integrate public engagement into the research and professional identities of participating researchers
  • Develop an idea of the publicly engaged humanities, building on the precedent of past PE initiatives in the humanities at Oxford
  • Help participants develop their own public engagement projects related to their research, encouraging entrepreneurial approach topublic engagement
  • Give participants the tools to communicate effectively with the public, via online media and in person
  • Offer participants the grant-writing skills to fund their own projects
  • Develop a sustainable cohort of postgraduate researchers interested and participating in public engagement at Oxford.

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Video: TORCH Public Engagement Summer School 2015

Feedback from 2015 PE Summer School Participants:

‘I am having a wonderful time at the AHRC–TORCH Public Engagement Summer School. These first two days have been both inspirational and challenging. Translating my work into something that is actually relevant to people’s lives is the principal goal of my research, yet a difficult one to achieve. This summer school is about the skills and tools I need to make the transition from the language of scholarship and academia, to the words and meanings of everyday life. What I like most – and I am most grateful for – is the sense of community among the participants: the desire to engage and understand the world in which we live.’

‘This week was packed and very intense, but I thoroughly recommend it to any student interested in learning more about Public Engagement. It not only clarified much for me about the nature of Public Engagement projects, how to apply for funding, etc., but it also opened up a whole new vista of career opportunities that integrate academia into more hands-on and interpersonal projects.’

Find out more about last year’s programme here.