Engaging publics about the Centre’s world leading research and highlighting its impact and societal implications will be embedded in the Centre structure. Public engagement (PE) is one of its four key aims. PE will inform our research, and enhance our teaching and learning. Every member will be strongly encouraged to take part, underpinned by adequate support. We will look to refine our engagement, building on our experience of public and patient engagement within the existing Centre, to further improve their quality.
Public Engagement Strategic Aims
We have one main overarching aim which is:
To develop a supportive culture of public engagement with the Centre
We aim to achieve this by:
- Enabling publics and patients to inform our research and learning to ensure impact
- Engaging public and patients about the Centre’s research to empower them so that they feel more confident to access, use and respond to health research
- Working with primary & secondary school-aged children in London, to enthuse and inspire young people about science
We have a Public Engagement Advisory Board that meet every 4 months. The Board provides advice to the Centre on public engagement and provide new ideas for programme development. Membership and performance of the board will be reviewed annually. We also have a Public Engagement Committee who meet every 3 months, made up of staff and students from within the Centre, to lead on PE and to champion PE within their Department.
Public Engagement in our aligned Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging is championed by our Public Engagement ambassadors. This group represents the student community and provides insights and advice on integrating public engagement into our research culture and practice.
The Public Engagement Manager has a mentor, Kerry Leslie, who offers strategic support.
Public Engagement Advisory Board members:
Bernadette Cronin, Joint Clinical Director, Clinical Imaging and Medical Physics, GSTT (Chair)
Professor Alexander Hammers, Deputy Director, Academic Lead for PE, Centre for Medical Engineering
Dr Amy Sanders, Head of Research Engagement, Cancer Research UK
Samantha Johnson, CEO, Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation
Katy Stubbs, Public Engagement Manager, Alzheimer’s Research UK
Claire O’Neill, Engagement Lead, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre
Dr Jamie Dorey, Public Engagement Manager, Science Gallery London
Public Engagement Committee members:
Professor Kawal Rhode, Department of Surgical & Interventional Engineering
Dr Samantha Terry, Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry & Biology
Dr Samuel Vennin, Post doc in Biomedical Engineering
Dr Rachel Sparks, Lecturer in Surgical & Interventional Engineering
Dr Stephanie Forkel, Lecturer in Neuroimaging
Dr Ana Babaramani, Research Associate, Perinatal Imaging & Health
Peter Gawne, PhD Researcher in Radiochemistry, Imaging Chemistry & Biology
Public Engagement Ambassadors:
Megan Midson, Samuel Vennin, Jonathan Jackson, Elsa-Marie Otoo, Sophie Morse, Hannah Perry, Aishwarya Mishra, Peter Gawne, Saul Cooper, Madeleine Iafrate.