A one-page questionnaire was developed to ask simple questions with ‘yes/no’ answers about aspects of University research and community involvement in that research. If a ‘no’ answer was given, respondents were prompted to give a reason for that answer to try and understand the challenges faced in promoting public engagement.
Current research volunteers were asked to complete the questionnaire during one of their routine study visits. A total of 70 people completed the questionnaire. Most striking was the high percentage of people interested in finding out more about our research (90%) and 74% had a wider interest in University research. A summary of the results from the questionnaires is at the end of this report. When negative answers were given, the most common reason for that answer was a lack of time or other commitments preventing involvement in public engagement activities.
Local Indian and Bangladeshi associations were contacted and wider community meetings arranged.