Impact and Public Engagement

“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.’’


Impact and Public Engagement (PE) are often discussed alongside each other. Public engagement activity often leads to impact – but PE is the process whereas impact is the outcome. The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has this definition, right.

The case for Public Engagement includes:

  • It brings significant benefits to the Universities and the Public – impacts on the University, staff, students and society.
  • Funders and policymakers expect Universities to do it
  • It helps Universities adapt to a changing world

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