Successful first year for our Festival of Social Science

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This year, the University of Bath became a partner of the Festival of Social Science for the first time and our inaugural programme of events was a cracking success.

Following our successful award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of an Impact Acceleration Account, 2023 is the first year the University of Bath is taking part in this Festival of Social Science. Working with colleagues across the University and partner organisations such as museums, libraries, sports centres and cultural venues, the Public Engagement Unit managed the development and delivery of a programme of activities and events that aimed to:

  • support researchers to develop their skills and abilities to engage public groups with their research
  • enhance researchers’ knowledge and increase understanding of public engagement with research
  • raise awareness of the diversity of nature of social science research activities taking place at the University of Bath

University of Bath Festival of Social Science programme

Over the course of the four weeks of the Festival (Saturday 21 October to Friday 21 November 2023),  the team produced a programme of 18 in-person and online/digital events. These included participatory workshops, talks, film screenings, exhibitions, and panel discussions. 5,784 people attended these events and engaged with 38 researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science and the School of Management.

Check out the Festival of Social Science 2023 report for full details of the University of Bath's 2023 programme.

About the Festival of Social Science

Since 2002, the Festival of Social Science has been a UK-wide celebration of the social sciences supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Each autumn, social science researchers deliver activities and events that engage audiences with their work, highlighting the value of social science research to our everyday lives.

Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath

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