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Eileen Martin has been supporting public engagement in Higher Education across Europe for over 20 years. As Manager of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast, she works with community partners to develop their research needs into curriculum-based research projects suitable for students. This involves working with staff and students across the university, both to facilitate research projects and to create a strategic context for this work. She was instrumental in developing the Queen’s in the Community initiative, including the development of a community strategy and contributing to training on public engagement. She has also played a key role in the development of the Queen’s Making the Most of Masters project.
Having participated in several European Commission funded projects she co-ordinated a workpackage on embedding community-based initiatives within Higher Education Institution (HEI) structures to improve their sustainability as part of the Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society (PERARES) project. She has mentored new Science Shops across the world and has researched and reflected on mechanisms to support Public Engagement in Higher Education in several articles and papers. She has also worked on a voluntary basis on a number of community projects in the Glens of Antrim. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and previously held a research post at Queen’s
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