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' is focused on listening to our communities, and begins 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.
A programme of activities will be designed as a result, to showcase the most popular research subjects chosen by the local communities. Community focus groups will help to ensure a sense of ownership. Topics explored might include brain ageing, mental health, social disadvantage, human-robot interactions, health technologies and age friendly city design, to name a few.
If you would like to get involved in the programme, contact the HW Engage team.