Huddersfield Business School is proud of its record on public engagement. This is done through involvement with public events, engagement with local schools and colleges, providing public services such as the Legal Advice Clinic, and sharing its work through avenues including social media, the University’s news outputs, and the regular Discover Magazine. The School views public engagement as an important part of its responsibility to create impact from its research, and to share its knowledge and expertise with the wider world. It is continuously working to improve its record, and to facilitate public engagement activities that benefit the local community, contributes to national conversations, and reaches audiences around the world.

Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

Huddersfield Business School enthusiastically embraces the principles set out in the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research: 

  • UK research organisations have a strategic commitment to public engagement 
  • Researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public engagement activities 
  • Researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through appropriate training, support and opportunities 
  • The signatories and supporters of this Concordat will undertake regular reviews of their and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public engagement across the UK 

Public engagement features in the School’s strategic plan, which demonstrates its commitment to carrying out this important work. Researchers are supported and encouraged by the school to develop public engagement activity and the school provides staff time, resources, recognition and rewards to enable that work to take place. 

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Watermark

The University of Huddersfield received a Bronze Watermark for Public Engagement in 2021. This represents a wider commitment to public engagement across the institution, and the Business School played its part in the work that went into being awarded the Watermark, 

Just as a watermark runs through the fabric of a document, the Watermark indicates that engagement runs through the fabric of the institution. It is awarded at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

As the University works towards the Silver, and Gold, Watermarks, Huddersfield Business School is developing its strategy to both contribute meaningfully to the University’s work, and using the opportunity to galvanise and improve its own record of public engagement.