Mrs Grace Williams
Public Engagement Manager
Development and Partnership - Research Impact and Partnerships (Research & Innovation)
Grace leads the University of Plymouth's public engagement strategy. A public engagement professional for over 15 years, she leads the co-creation of the University of Plymouth's first ever public engagement with research strategy. Her work also seeks to bring together a community of practice, where academics and professional services staff can come together to share learning, connect and collaborate.
Grace graduated from The University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television and began her career in public engagement, working for the Economic and Social Research Council. Since those early days, Grace has worked for Research Councils UK (now UKRI), UK Collaborative on Development Sciences at the Wellcome Trust before moving to Devon in 2011. She joined the University of Exeter, working for the Wellcome-funded Centre for Medical History before moving to a central position as Engaged Research Manager where she developed and launched the University of Exeter's public engagement with research strategy.
Roles on external bodies
Grace is a peer reviewer for Wellcome Trust, reviewing their public engagement grants. She is a member of Senior PEP South, a peer-led group of Senior Public Engagement Practitioners providing peer support and thought pieces on current issues within the public engagement field.