In public engagement

Hands-on hearing demo

Showcasing our research at May Fest 2015

The University of Nottingham opened its doors to the local community for the 2015 May Fest event - a free, interactive day for all ages.  We teamed up with the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research to deliver an array of hearing demonstrations, auditory illusion games and other fun, informative activities.

Our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager, Dr Adele Horobin, who attended on the day said "It made for such a worthwhile day to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying what we were providing.  The room was really buzzing!  Hopefully, we have helped inspire the next generation of researchers."

On the day, we recruited a number of people to our participant database, one of whom has already subsequently taken part in a study.

Children playing with some headphone apparatus

Sharing our research with the local community

We led in designing and delivering a public event for the local community in June 2014. This contributed to Nottingham on Tour, a pilot project by the University of Nottingham's Catalyst team.  The event took place in St. Ann's, Nottingham and members of the public were free to drop in and chat with our researchers.  We provided many hands-on activities and hearing demonstrations, which proved popular with young and old alike!

The event was supported with a grant from the University of Nottingham's Catalyst initiative.  This encourages and supports academic staff to engage with the local community.   We were very kindly hosted by IntoUniversity, a national charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain a higher education and raise their aspirations.

We led the event in partnership with the Medical Research Council's Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit and the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit.

In another project supported by the University of Nottingham's Catalyst team, we delivered a joint event with the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society to showcase our research, with British Sign Language interpreters on hand to assist.

Sharing our research with patients

Our researchers regularly visit support groups across the country for people with hearing-related conditions.  For example, students have visited a number of tinnitus support groups to get valuable feedback on their projects.  Recently, Prof Deborah Hall presented at the Lincoln tinnitus support group meeting.

Sharing our research with members of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

In October 2015, we held an open evening for public volunteer members of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Visitors chatted with our staff and students, whilst enjoying a tour of our premises and various practical demonstrations. Associates at Nottingham Audiology, Nottingham Auditory Implant Services, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity and the Ear Foundation were also on-hand to share their work.

Members listening to a talk from one of our researchers