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Dr Katy Petherick

Post:Public Engagement Coordinator (Life Sciences (Professional Services))

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678937
International:+44 1273 678937
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I have been the Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Engagement Coordinator at the School of Life Sciences since September 2015. Prior to this position, I was a cancer researcher for 6 years (PhD, University of Bristol, 2008-2012; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Dundee, 2012-2014) and during this time worked with CRUK Research Engagement teams. I have experience in running workshops for primary school children, having worked with Mad Science (Bristol) and Curiosity Hub (Brighton). I am also familiar with overseeing mass participation events, having managed components of Race For Life events during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In addition to my current role, I support science in the local community by volunteering with the British Science Association and other local events. 


As the public engagement lead for the School of Life Sciences, I coordinate and support a range of public engagement activities:
• Provide guidance on public engagement for staff and students; supporting them in developing their own engagement opportunities/activities
• Build partnerships with internal and external individuals and organisations to enable opportunities for engagement with staff and students (e.g. school visits, science festivals, city-based activities, lab tours, training)
• Liaison with senior staff to promote public engagement culture change
• Develop resources to support researchers in public engagement activities
• Create content for School webpages, including media accessible to the public
• Support research and public engagement grant applications
• Prepare written reports of public engagement activities
• Design, deliver and organise public engagement training for staff and students: 'Introduction to public engagement', 'Embedding public engagement into research', 'Evaluation of public engagement'
• Responsible for developing the School's public engagement strategy
• Develop and maintain relationships with research and professional services staff
• Design and deliver monitoring and evaluation programmes
• Budget management, including overseeing internal public engagement grant applications