Public engagement: in our researchers' own words

Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Public engagement

We strongly believe in sharing our passion for research.

Our postgraduate researchers engage pro-actively with the wider public through outreach and public engagement activities at schools and science fairs and by using media to make higher education more accessible.

Physics videos

Visit the Physics at Exeter youtube channel for short videos like this one explaining key concepts and questions in physics.

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Metabuddies in schools

The Metabuddies scheme is a bespoke programme developed by XM2 postgraduate researchers to engage year 9–12 students with research and learning at higher education institutions.

It can consist of a series of visits to local schools to:

  • discuss daily life as a researcher;
  • give a seminar on metamaterials, including a talk on specific research areas;
  • answer pre-prepared Physics questions from the students;
  • initiate and support a research challenge for small groups of students. This involves a 3-week independent group activity, including designing a poster on their challenge, followed by a visit to the University of Exeter to present their work.

Please get in touch with to discuss how we can support students at your school.