We believe that engaging with the public should form part of the role of researchers in any discipline. By engaging with the public researchers can benefit from: improving the quality of research and its impact, by widening research horizons or providing user perspectives; enhancing researchers’ communication and influencing skills; higher personal and institutional profiles; new partnerships. Public engagement can also help universities actively contribute to positive social change and the ‘public good’.
UK research organisations have a strategic commitment to public engagement.
Researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public engagement activities.
Researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through appropriate training, support and opportunities.
The signatories and supporters will undertake regular reviews of their and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public engagement across the UK.