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Title: How are UK academics engaging the public with their research? A cross-disciplinary perspective
Authors: Chikoore, Lesley
Probets, Steve
Fry, Jenny
Creaser, Claire
Keywords: Public engagement
Disciplinary typologies
Social media
Academic autonomy
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © John Wiley and Sons
Citation: CHIKOORE, L. ... et al., 2016. How are UK academics engaging the public with their research? A cross-disciplinary perspective. Higher Education Quarterly, DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12088.
Abstract: This paper takes a cross-disciplinary perspective in examining the views and practices of public engagement with research by UK academics. Using a mixed method approach consisting of a survey questionnaire and interviews, the paper identifies the range of audience groups that can potentially be engaged with by academics, and shows that some audiences are more relevant to particular disciplinary groups than others. The paper also identifies the various public engagement activities undertaken by academics and finds that some academics are using creative ways of engaging the public, such as using the services of public relations firms to help in disseminating their research in traditional media outlets, and also by using social media. Essentially, the study reveals that some academics feel the pressure of engaging particular audiences at the expense of those that are relevant to them and that, academics in the main, are opposed to the notion of mandating public engagement as part of appraisal systems.
Description: This paper is embargoed until 25/02/2018. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: CHIKOORE, L. ... et al., 2016. How are UK academics engaging the public with their research? A cross-disciplinary perspective. Higher Education Quarterly, DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12088, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12088. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12088
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20705
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12088
ISSN: 0951-5224
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