King’s Engaged Researcher Network

We’re a group of researchers from across King’s College London who support each other in carrying out public engagement in all its many forms by providing training, networking and resources to our members. Interested in finding out more?

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The King’s Engaged Research Network (KERN) is an exciting collaboration, launched in late 2016. We foster a growing community of King’s staff and students interested in developing sharing and celebrating their public engagement practices.

KERN is aimed at researchers, clinical and technical staff and postgraduate students, at King’s College London, who are interested in engaging different audiences with their field. We run termly workshops and share monthly newsletters which detail opportunities to get involved, information on funding, resources, and examples of good practice. You can sign up to the newsletter here.


Engaged research: we are using the term ‘engaged research’ to describe research activity or products created through some kind of collaboration between academic researchers (based in universities) and potential beneficiaries or brokers of that research from outside academia.

This includes research that harnesses the interest and energy of non-academics and research that engages with the priorities of people working outside universities (e.g. community-based research and partnerships for setting new research agendas).

Engaged practice:  we use the term ‘engaged practice’ to mean the activities relating to engagement with research, including consultation, informing, and collaborating.

Public engagement: Drawing on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement definition, we use the term public engagement to describe the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the various publics for whom the research is or could be of interest. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.