open menu

The University of Southampton and University College London are signatories of the Manifesto for Public Engagement of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). For this reason, "[w]e are committed to sharing our knowledge, resources and skills with the public, and to listening to and learning from the expertise and insight of the different communities with which we engage."

We are constantly thinking about new ways to engage in meaningful conversations with the public and to provide a hands-on experience for the most curious attendees at science festivals and conferences. Therefore we collaborate with our research scientists to develop exciting activities to learn about administrative data research.

The ADRC-E engagement portfolio of activities currently includes:

  • the Better Candies Benefit Society game: launched in 2017, it provides the 'sweetest' way to learn about linkage of different datasets to benefit society
  • the Admin Data Geo Challenge: launched in 2016, it requires some maths to answer real geography questions that help in the understanding of society
  • the Guess Who? Trump! quiz: launched in 2015, it gives a new twist in understanding data access for research in social sciences  

We also support knowledge about administrative data research and our Network centres by using different media to captivate our audiences. 

Images: The ADRC-E storytelling with safety box and padlocks (left) and our 'Better - Knowledge - Benefits - Society' origami (right)

Latest event: #SotSef17

ADRC-England was at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2017 (#SotSef17) on Saturday 18 March. From 10.30am to 4.30pm Vivian, Mirela and Silvia talked to 320 people at our ADRC-E stand at the Ada Lovelace/zone 11. We had families taking the 'Admin Data Geo Challenge' and more than 30 children were awarded the ADRC-E 'Data Scientist' 'badge of honour'. More than 300 people took part in our new experiment 'Better Candies Benefit Society' and we published the results on our Twitter account before 5pm. We are still processing the questions left in our ADRC-E 'Book of Unknown Data Research Questions' but we will publish the answers soon on this page and on our Twitter account. 

Images: Mirela and Vivian at SotSef 2017

'Better Candies Benefit Society': We counted all buttons (our 'Census' data) in the 4 jars (Data Linkage Platform) corresponding to the 4 types of candies provided by the 'Ministry of Candies'. 317 people took part in our experiment: 81 girls < 15 years old (25.5%), 107 boys < 15 years old (33.8%), 66 women ≥ 15 years old (20.8%) and 63 men ≥ 15 years old (19.9%). After careful consideration of the 'Published Results', the 'Candy Council' for SotSef 2017 declared that liquorice will not be taken to the festival anymore. 

Images: Better Candies Benefit Society results at SotSef 2017

We gathered all tweets about the event on a Twitter Momentum on our @ADRC_E account. 

We received excellent feedback from you all, thanks! These are just a few lines from our 'Comments' box:


"Very nice little demo"

"Great team at the stand! Many thanks"

"I like getting sweets

Upcoming events

In the summer and autumn of 2017 we are planning to expand our participation in public engagement events across England.

We are currently planning involvement in:

To stay up to date with all future ADRC-E public engagement events please check our website and follow us on Twitter 

Past events

In 2016 ADRC-England took part in a series of public engagement events with the University of Southampton Roadshow, which brought ADRC-E to:

  • the Cheltenham Science Festival, 7-12 June
  • the Winchester Science Festival, 22-24 July

In 2015 we took part in:

  • University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2015 (Saturday 14 March)
  • Cheltenham Science Festival (4-5 June) - with the University of Southampton Roadshow

Images: Lisa at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2016 (left, photo courtesy of UoS Roadshow) and Claire at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 (right)

Public engagement accolades 

  • March 2017: 'Better Candies Benefit Society' was a runner up for the 'Creative Activity Design' award at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Festival Awards ceremony.
  • November 2015: 'Guess Who? Trump!' was awarded 'Creative Activity Design' at the University of Southampton Roadshow Awards ceremony.

ADRC-England HomeOur management team | Our team | Our expertise | Our research | Projects Our short courses | Training podcastsNews | Contact England

Page last updated: 05/05/2017