How we can support you

Festivals and platforms

One of the main ways in which we can support you is through our programme of public engagement festivals. We organise and run festivals throughout the year to provide researchers with a platform to communicate their research and engage with the public. We also support some of the major city festivals, such as Off the Shelf and Sheffield Doc/Fest, so that we can showcase the University's research and reach a wider audience.

For details of all our regular festivals and for current public engagement opportunities, please see our festivals and opportunities page.

Public engagement masterclasses

We run monthly public engagement masterclasses on practical topics such as how to work with communities, costing an event, measuring impact, working with the media, and creating and utilising film for maximum public engagement.

We bring you the experts in the subject area, from internal academics to external partners such as Sheffield City Council or Museums Sheffield, as well as profiling local industry specialists such as freelancers and festival organisers.

For further information and to book on one of our sessions see our Masterclasses webpage.

Public engagement toolkits

We have compiled a comprehensive web resource for staff and students looking for support to undertake public engagement, including a suite of 'toolkits' - how-to guides for public engagement.

The toolkits are aimed at researchers and support staff who are new to public engagement or need guidance on practical issues. Topics include how to organise an event, communicating with non-specialists and conducting risk assessments.

For public engagement toolkits and other resources see our resources webpage.

Supporting funding applications

Our team is on-hand to support you with your external funding bids and can help you to write the public engagement section of your application. If you are planning on submitting a funding bid with a public engagement element, please get in touch with us as early on in the process as possible - this way we can ensure we are able to dedicate plenty of time to supporting you.

One-to-one support

We are also here to discuss ideas for engaging the public with your research. You can schedule a face-to-face meeting with a member of the team, talk to us over the phone, or email us your questions – whatever is best for you.

We can advise on all aspects of public engagement, including communicating your research, finding collaborative partners, evaluation and promoting your event.

For support email us at or call on 0114 222 0563.