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Using Research Indicators

This guide provides information about indicators that can be used as a measure of research performance

Public Engagement

Public Engagement  calculates the number of attendees at public events, answering the question of what a researcher’s wider social and cultural impact on their region and nation is.

Public events are defined as those intended for attendance by the community external to the institution, where measurement of their impact as financial income would not be appropriate. They include knowledge, facility, and cultural awareness events, regardless of whether the events were chargeable or free.

Examples of public events are:

  • Lectures
  • Performance arts such as music, dance, and drama
  • Exhibitions such as those in galleries and museums
  • Museum education.

Open days, student union activity and commercial conferences are excluded from this metric.

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