QMUL has been awarded the Gold Engage Watermark by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, in recognition of its public engagement work. The Engage Watermark is granted to universities in recognition of their commitment to public engagement and the Gold award is the highest level an institution can achieve at this stage of the process.
The School of Physics and Astronomy (SPA) is delighted to be contributing to QMUL’s excellent record of public engagement. An extensive portfolio of SPA activities for school students and teachers is in place, including Research in Schools, Particle Physics Masterclasses, and the National Cassini Scientist for a Day competition. Alongside that, the SPA has a history of developing and hosting activities aimed at a wide, non-specialist audience, giving the public at large the chance to find out about the research undertaken here. Enthusiastic members of the research groups have taken part in a range of public-facing projects that have included collaborations with artists, regular public talks, stargazing evenings, Pint of Science events, and YouTube videos.
The SPA’s public engagement effort is set to expand, as resources have been committed to developing activities that will further integrate engagement into the School’s work and explore new ways of interacting with the public, both locally and nationally.