Social Scholar is a series of lunchtime talks and seminars which explore ways of being ‘social’ with research. The series invites academic and cultural leaders to give short talks on public engagement and research communication across formats, and has included sessions looking at social media, broadcasting, working with community groups, consultancy and curating.

The Social Scholar series provides an opportunity for academics, students, practitioners and researchers at any career stage to gain insight into best practice across a range of public engagement and research communication techniques, in a relaxed and informal environment. The talks are free to attend and open to anyone interested in the topic. Talks are accompanied by a blog and a podcast series.

Blogs from previous sessions can be viewed here. Podcasts are available here.


Upcoming Talks

Taking Research Into Schools

Speaker: Dr Peter TA Jones 

This talk draws upon my experience of working with the ‘Brilliant Club’ in placements in ‘low participation’ secondary schools. I will reflect upon the most effective methods to meet the challenges of taking research into schools. Current models of impact and engagement have tended to place too much emphasis on the social worth that academics can generate by ‘reaching out’ of their intellectual comfort zone into some abstract space populated with intractable young minds.



Previous Talks

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In the first session of the season, Professor Kiera Vaclavik from Queen Mary, University of London draws on her experience curating The Alice Look at the V&A Museum of Childhood to talk about ‘Turning Your Research Into an Exhibition’.