Public Engagement and early career researchers

"Employers, funders and researchers recognise that researchers need to develop transferable skills, delivered through embedded training, in order to stay competitive in both internal and external job markets. Therefore, as well as the necessary training and appropriate skills, competencies and understanding to carry out a funded project, researchers also need support to develop the communication and other professional skills that they will need to be both effective researchers and highly-skilled professionals in whatever field they choose to enter."

Vitae, 2008

Download the Vitae Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2008


Public Engagement and promotions

"From my time on the Senior Academic Promotions Committee I see that every aspect of a candidates CV must be strong for success. Public Engagement and Outreach activity is an important and valued contribution which can be decisive in a promotions case."

Professor Gerry Gilmore FRS, Physical Sciences





Assessment of public engagement falls under the "general contribution" section of the HR guidelines, see extract from the Senior Academic Promotions Procedure and Guidance 2016 below. The full document is available to download here.

5.8 General Contribution
There must be an effective contribution to the subject other than in teaching and research. This may include administration and, where appropriate, management of research groups, and the creation and management of multi-institutional/national/international research facilities. It may also include contributions to the subject made more widely, for example, widening participation activity and the design and delivery of outreach programmes, also editorial work, and clinical work (if applicable).

Similar wording is also found under sections 5.11, 5.16 and Annex C.