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What we do

The Public Engagement team is based within Partnerships & Regional Engagement. We enhance public engagement by supporting academic staff and researchers across the University in engaging the public with their research. Our team provides support for colleagues to share their work effectively.

Taking research out to the city and beyond


Our aim is to stimulate discussion between members of the public and the University to enhance research.

Communicating with the public about our research and teaching is an important part of academic life at the University of Sheffield. It ensures that our work has impact and relevance on a local, national and international level beyond academic excellence at the University of Sheffield.

Across all our faculties and departments our academic experts apply their insight, research, knowledge and creativity to think about the planet's challenges. Whether these are social, economic or environmental, we investigate potential solutions with relevance and impact.

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Our public engagement activity describes the many innovative ways our staff and students interact with the public, from festivals, cultural celebrations and open events, to lectures, volunteering, activities in schools and flexible courses.

We work alongside the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) which aims to to increase the quantity and quality of public engagement in all UK universities.

Working with partners

The team works closely with a number of partners including Sheffield City Council, the Arts Council and the Wellcome Trust to help researchers discuss their research through new, creative collaborations. 

Supporting academics and researchers

To learn about the support we provide see our How we can support you page.

If you have any questions please email us at or call on 0114 222 0563.