Public Engagement Officer

London (Greater)
£33,114 -£37,804 per annum (Pro rata 50% FTE) including London Weighting Allowance
11 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description

The Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) is the nucleus of a vibrant scientific and clinical community engaged in research into stem cells and their potential therapeutic benefits: 

Public engagement officer (50% FTE)

  • The Public Engagement Officer will deliver activities with the purpose of community engagement about the work of the Centre, including local school children, patients and visitors to Guy’s Hospital.  This involves:
  • Fostering dialogue so that non-expert visitors gain an appreciation of stem cell research and express their opinions;
  • Inspiring school children of all ages to become interested in science;
  • Providing researchers with an appreciation of societal responses to their work, helping researchers create research questions through interactions with the general public;
  • Engaging with artists in all media to explore and present our research;
  • Fostering a stimulating, innovative and inclusive cultural environment enabling students and staff to thrive and develop, wherever possible focusing activity to address barriers to diversity and inclusion;
  • Having responsibility for our social media presence: and;
  • Overseeing projects such as our online exhibition on ‘Growing New Body Parts’:;
  • Evaluating the impact of the Centre’s public engagement activities

This post will be offered on an fixed-term contract until 30/Nov/2022.

This is a part-time post - 50% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Act as a point of contact for academic staff for advice on public engagement, schools liaison and widening participation activity, maintaining a register of outbound and inbound school visits, ensuring relevant university and Faculty marketing teams are informed;
  • Working with the Director of the Centre, develop a public engagement plan for the Centre, agreeing priority activities tailored to target specific audiences;
  • Co-ordinate public events involving the Centre’s researchers to inspire audiences with diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of understanding to stimulate discussion and debate;
  • Engage with artists in all media to explore the ways of presenting the work of the Centre for specific audiences;
  • Make effective use of digital media, including the Centre website and social media, to further public engagement about the work of the Centre;
  • Evaluate the impact of public engagement activity, where appropriate against key performance indicators and produce reports on these activities;

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience  

Essential criteria

  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent
  2. Ability to engage with individuals of different diversities, age and levels of expertise, including scientists, doctors, patients, school children, musicians, performers and artists
  3. Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  4. An understanding of the purpose and public engagement
  5. Experience of using a variety of communications/engagement methods, with proven ability to select best approach depending on context and audience group
  6. Strong organisational skills
  7. Ability to network and develop new relationships both externally and internally, with a collaborative approach to work, supporting others, demonstrating tact and diplomacy
  8. A solutions-based approach, able to work independently and flexibly
  9. A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in patient engagement
  2. Experience of working in a scientific environment, in particular a scientific laboratory
  3. Experience of working in a public engagement, communication and/or teaching
  4. Experience of organising events on different scales and activities targeted to engage specific audiences

Further Information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.