Engaging our communities
From involving patients in ground breaking research projects to inviting service users to teach and assess our students, there are numerous ways we involve the public and our communities at all points in our teaching and research.
Public engagement describes the ways in which higher education and research can be shared with the public, while involvement is an active partnership between research or teaching staff and patients or members of the public.
Involving the public and sharing our knowledge is important to us as a Faculty because so much of what we do, from teaching clinical skills to scientific breakthroughs in the lab, has the potential to affect the lives of millions of people both in our local communities and further afield.
Here are just a few examples of how we engage and involve the public:
Engaging service users and carers in teaching
Find out how we work with mental health service users and carers as co-educators to train future mental health professionals, and how we help to develop an app to engage the public with mental health issues.
Involving patients and the public in student recruitment
We involve members of the public in the interview and selection process for student midwives and speech and language therapists.
Engaging the public with clinical training
Discover how one course is using a 'Dragon's Den' style format get members of the public involved with the training of the next generation of healthcare scientists.
Student society drives awareness of cancer symptoms
Find out how Manchester medics are raising awareness of common symptoms of cancer to help fellow students, both locally and nationally, detect the disease earlier.
A community of academics, clinicians, practitioners, autistic adults, parents of autistic children and family members working together to achieve quality research with real meaning for people with autism.
Stroke, Self and Brain workshop for medical students and patients
Our Science Stroke Art collaboration with the Stroke Association included a workshop to help medical students and stroke survivors understand the impact of strokes.
Facing Out at Manchester Science Festival
Facing Out is a two-year project exploring the impact of acquired facial disfigurement from head, face and neck cancers and their treatments through art.
Waste Medicines and the Environment student project
Our pharmacy students are working to raise awareness of the impact medical waste has on the environment and help the public safely dispose of medicines through a public engagement project.