Public Engagement Strategy

Public Engagement is a core part of the Centre’s work, bringing patient and public voice into the research. We define public engagement in line with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s definition:

“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.” 

Our Vision

To embed meaningful and valued public engagement into the Centre’s research. 

Our Mission

To show the impact and value public engagement can have within the Centre’s research as a tool for maximising research success.  

Our Centre has four core aims with strategic objectives within each of these:

1. Foster a culture where public engagement is valued by all Centre staff, and produces world leading researchers with the experience and drive to readily engage with diverse communities

  • Enable staff and students to strategically engage with target audiences*
  • Further embed our approach to engagement and involvement throughout the Centre, developing best practice and communicating our work to external networks

2. Run a high-quality and impactful engagement programme that is embedded into the research of the Centre

  • Establish an inclusive and responsive methodology for the engagement work of the Centre

3. Build a network of community partnerships focused on supporting and engaging people with neurological and psychiatric conditions

  • Build relationships with key community groups and charities supporting people with neurological and psychiatric conditions

4. Develop effective tools to reach groups not currently engaged through traditional methods

  • Challenge traditional methods of engagement through the Centre’s major projects
  • Share our learning in accessible and engaging ways to enhance inclusion within projects
  • Foster a culture of learning and development within diversity and inclusion to reach more diverse groups

*Our target audiences are:

  • People with neurological and psychiatric conditions
  • Community groups and charities supporting people with neurological and psychiatric conditions and/or those traditionally underserved in neuroscience