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REF2014 Impact Case Study: High Impact Public Engagement in Cosmology

Impact: Educational Impacts (beyond UoP)

Description of impact

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) runs a successful programme of community engagements with local schools, science centres and tourist attractions to influence public awareness and understanding of the world-class research we perform. Our outreach activities regularly reach thousands of people per year (4858 in 2012-13; 6424 in 2011-12). In addition, the ICG has invested resources in a dedicated programme of “high impact” sustainable events that optimize our public engagement that draws upon our leading cosmological research above, thus ensuring our impact is topical, well-informed and inspiring.

Who is affected

General Public; Schools.

Narrative

Over the last decade, the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) has grown to become a centre of research excellence in astrophysics and cosmology. We have broadened and strengthened our research base to include a deeper involvement in large international cosmological experiments and study the details of how galaxies have evolved over the lifetime of the Cosmos.
In 2012-13, ICG engaged with 4858 people, including 2412 school children. Through our “Cosmology Masterclass”, we have inspired hundreds of A-level students from across the region; 60% said we had increased their interest in university. In 2012-13, staff engaged with 50 different schools across the UK. For the last 3 years, we have interacted with thousands of people running BBC Stargazing Live partner events, receiving almost unanimous praise from the public via our feedback.

Category of impact

  • Educational Impacts (beyond UoP)

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