In 2020, a new partnership between Heriot-Watt University and West Lothian Council was set up to highlight the importance of listening to the community, and bringing research to those impacted by it.
Heriot-Watt and West Lothian Libraries are part of a suite of partnerships to be awarded funding through the Engaging Libraries Programme, funded by Wellcome, the Carnegie Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.
The initiative, 'Lothian Lugs' focuses on listening to our communities, and began by facilitating a series of opportunities for researchers to listen to local people to find out how they feel about the research being carried out in Universities, how it affects them and what areas they would like to know more about.
In 2021, we launched a programme of activities as a result of the inspiring focus groups, showcasing the most popular research subjects chosen by the local communities. Check out the full programme - all workshops are bookable through your local West Lothian Library or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to get involved in the programme, contact the HW Engage team.