Public Lectures

Alison Stanley
Loughborough University
Patient and Public Involvement

Summary

To share knowledge from our researchers with service users and the general public. To ivite the public, local groups and charities, potential students etc to hear about work within the University and question the presenters. It also gives the public an opportunity to express an interest in taking part in future studies or focus groups to inform our work. 

What are the Aims?

To ensure the general public develop an understanding of the research taking place in our University and what the published findings can lead to.We wish to try and break down the barriers that may exist between the University and the local community. It also provides an important opportunity for researchers and students to develop their presentation skills and the communication of science in plain English.

Who was/is involved?

The local community. The events are organised by Alison Stanley (Biomedical Research Unit administrator) and are hosted at the University on a monthly basis. Events are advertised in local newsletters, websites, through local business etc. The average attendance is around 60 with regular return visitors as well as new attendees each month. 

What has changed/will change?

Change of meeting times to accommodate as many people as possible from diverse backgrounds for example after the working day. All lectures are open to local A-level students as well as alumni and therefore times are often amended to suit. Times are altered based on feedback where appropriate. Venue remains unchanged to ensure continuity and this is also based on positive feedback. Although we generally cover one central theme of physical activity, based on the research interests of our department, the titles change to reflect the wide variety of research and public interest. 

What lessons have we learnt?

The title of the talk is important in gaining high numbers of attendees as is ensuring an interactive, concise presentation. We will listen to the audience for arranging future lectures and areas of interest. Too large an audience often means that the opportunity to ask questions is lost. 

Contact details

Alison Stanley (a.stanley@lboro.ac.uk)