About the Catalyst

This RCUK funed Catalyst project has now finished. The University continues to support public engagement activities, please contact  with any enquiries.


Welcome to the Catalyst project blog. The Catalyst project is a three-year, RCUK-funded, project to support and develop a culture of public engagement with research within the University of Exeter. We are one of eight universities who were also successful in securing this funding.

We are using the National Coordinating Centre’s definition of Public Engagement which emphasises the two-way nature of engagement “involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.” It’s also worth taking a look at RCUK’s concordat for public engagement and their guidance on pathways to impact. We are using the Edge tool to help us self-assess our progress, this document contains the same information that is available from the NCCPE.

Here at Exeter Grace Williams is the Project Manager, under the line management of Allison McCaig. Robin Durie is the lead academic.

The Principal Investigator is Prof Nick Talbot with Co-Investigators: Prof David Butler, Prof Michelle Ryan, Prof Debra Myhill, Prof Gareth Shaw, Prof Andrew Thorpe, Prof Mark Overton, Prof Angela Shore and Dr Katrina Wyatt.

We have an External Advisory Board who act as our critical friends.

This blog will act as an open record of our thoughts and decisions as the project develops and also be a place for discussion on key issues about public engagement with research (PER). We welcome guest bloggers – let us know if you’d like to write something here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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