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Public engagement

The School of Advanced Study is home to the UK’s only national festival of humanities research.

The University is committed to working with wider society to make sure people feel confident to engage with and contribute to research and innovation.

Engaging the public in the importance of the humanities, and out latest developments in research, enables us to align our approach with society’s values.

Public engagement priorities

Through the School of Advanced Study, and via the flagship public engagement project, the national Being Human festival:

  • Connecting humanities researchers with communities and cultural partners 
  • Promoting collaborative, co-produced public engagement that increases the impact of humanities research 
  • Enabling small-to-medium scale public engagement projects not supported in others ways
  • Leading innovation and best practice in public engagement delivery and methods 
  • Providing a locus for media interest in humanities research locally, regionally and nationally via the national Being Human festival
  • Improving inclusion and diversity in the Being Human festival programming and provision 
  • Emphasising place-based activities, representing a range of communities and interests across the four nations of the United Kingdom, creating a national humanities festival that is rooted in local place

National Festival of Humanities research

As part of that drive, we are home to the UK’s only national Festival of Humanities Research, the Being Human Festival, currently operating in 51 British towns and cities but increasingly being adopted as an international model. 

The School of Advanced Study is uniquely placed to play a leading role in facilitating public engagement activity in the humanities.

As an international centre dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research, it is proud to take a leading role in embedding public engagement both institutionally and within a broader research culture.

Learn more about public engagement at the School of Advanced Study.