Engaging non-academic audiences

The University has resources offering help and support as you use your research to engage with individuals and/or organisations outside academia.

Research Impact

The College is committed to driving impact from our research to the benefit of the wider society and economy.

The University Research & Impact Support includes resources for managing your publications, your data or your research reputation, and advice on where to go for support at different stages in your life cycle of your research project.

MVLS also offers support for Impact Development. This includes dedicated MVLS Impact Champions located across the college to support researchers to maximise the potential impacts resulting from their research. 


Media and Journalists

Advice from the University's Communications & Public Affairs Office on working with the media.

They also provide information for the media about the University and the activities of departments, staff and students and can support requests to film on campus or provide ISDN facilities for radio interviews.

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences has dedicated Communication support: 

Elizabeth McMeekin, Communications Officer (Mon - Weds)         
Tel: 0141 330 4831      Elizabeth.McMeekin@glasgow.ac.uk

Ali Howard, Communications Officer (Weds- Fri)         
Tel: 0141 330 6557      Ali.Howard@glasgow.ac.uk

The University Communications office is staffed Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and a duty press officer handles all out-of-hours calls.  General Enquiries please contact Tel: 0141 330 3535 or  media@glasgow.ac.uk


What is Public and Patient Involvement & Engagement

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research is where our research is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

Engagement (e) is where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated.

These definitions are from NIHR INVOLVE (National Institute for Health Research advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.)  The term engagement can sometimes be used to mean involvement by other organisations.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) helps ensure that our research addresses what matters to patients and the public.  This can mean inviting patients and the public to be involved in deciding what research to we do, how we to do it, and what happens with the results.

What we do

  • Glasgow Research Involvement Newsletter - October 2019 to promote training workshops and opportunities for PPIe.
  • Monthly drop-in PPI “surgeries” to provide advice enabling staff to discuss research proposals during planning stages, funding and costing PPI.
  • MVLS PPIe steering group meetings are an opportunity for researchers to talk to patient advisors about their research and PPI plans available on ZOOM.
  • An established range of training workshops designed to increase PPI knowledge and skills 

The MVLS Patient and Public Involvement & Engagement (PPIe) team support MVLS researchers and students to involve the public in their research projects.  Our MVLS PPIe steering group work alongside the PPI team to help maximise the benefits of health research.

To find out more

Please contact the MVLS PPIe Lead, Tracy Ibbotson 0141 330 8309 or email  MVLS-PPIE@glasgow.ac.uk

Policy makers and Politicians

The Communications and Public Affairs Office leads on engagement with elected officials and policy-makers in the city, at Holyrood and at Westminster.

MVLS research has provided an evidence base for policymakers, and informed strategies of regional or national government, statutory bodies and large public bodies such as the NHS. Examples of policy and strategies influences by MVLS research.


The University of Glasgow shares our expertise through Business and Innovation.

MVLS contacts supporting collaborative research and development opportunities, entrepreneurship and spin outs, recruitment, and knowledge exchange. 

MVLS research is providing benefits to a broad range of industries through a number of processes.

Prospective Students and Schools

Schools and Young people

Science Connects, based at the University of Glasgow is responsible for the co-ordination and management of the STEM Ambassador Programme in the West of Scotland, inspiring young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Now operating both inside and outside of the classroom learn about becoming a STEM Ambassador with opportunities to received public engagement training and maintain a record of your engagement activity. 

3 Simple Rules for Engaging (your research) with Schools from PGR Blog

Prospective Students

The Widening Participation Team with support from MVLS postgraduate tutors and student helpers works with target schools across the west of Scotland to help maximise a students potential regardless of their circumstance or background as they prepare for, apply to, and succeed at university.

Further resources to help share your research with schools and young people