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Engaging with the public is a vital component of academic research. It not only lets us inform and inspire the public, who are a major stakeholder in our research, but it also can help to shape us as researchers and shape the research that we do. 

To foster a culture in which public engagement can thrive, we have set up the Public Engagement Ambassadors Scheme. We aim to appoint 6 ambassadors every year. The Ambassadors will receive formal training in public engagement, they will all be given opportunities to hone their PE skills, and will actively contribute to implementing the WHG public engagement strategy.


The main benefits associated with the Ambassador role are:

1. High quality training courses and individual development

2. Become a STEM ambassador

3. Access to funds to pay for events

4. Mentorship from both academics and public engagement professionals

5. Interaction with ambassadors from the analogous scheme at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN)

6. Help communicating with specific audiences

7. Departmental recognition


The scheme is open to DPhil students, research and support staff who are expecting to spend at least 2 years at the WHG as of March 2020. In 2021 the successful applicants become 'mentors' for the new group of ambassadors, sharing their experiences and assisting with events if they wish.

To apply, please fill in the below form. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 14th of February, and decisions will be made by shortly after. The scheme will start in early March.

Please check with your line manager or supervisor that they are happy for you to commit your time to the scheme.

Informal enquiries can be made to: or  

You do not have to have experience in any of these areas to be considered for the Ambassadors programme