Training and Development

A suite of public engagement training to build confidence and sharpen skills

Staff and students are at the heart of our public engagement effort. We are committed to fostering a campus community that is confident and skilled in championing innovative and thought-provoking public engagement. Our suite of public engagement training includes transferable skills open to all across campus, as well as modules tailored for specific groups such as early career researchers or PhD / pre-doc students. Many of our courses link to follow-through engagement opportunities enabling new skills to be put into practice.

Upcoming courses are listed below. All take place in the Discovery Zone, Sulston Building unless otherwise stated. For further details, visit the booking links. 

Engaging with Schools

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 10:00 - 16:30 (lunch included)

Are you interested in engaging with young people in schools and colleges? This course is designed specifically to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in designing and delivering successful engagement activities in schools. The course will cover:

  • expectations of schools and pupils
  • working in partnership with schools
  • planning your own schools activities
  • how to pitch things at the right level.

This training will be delivered by Dr Ceri Harrop, a freelance public engagement professional who currently works with The Royal Society, The Francis Crick Institute and The University of Manchester. Ceri has extensive experience of supporting scientists to engage the public in their work, with a particular emphasis on schools engagement. Ceri co-designed and delivered training for the RCUK’s Schools-Universities Partnership Initiative

Capacity: 24 places

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Become a STEM Ambassador

Regular induction sessions are open to all staff and students at the Wellcome Genome Campus who want to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to external audiences. This can be either as part of our campus public engagement programme, or through the suite of opportunities offered by our regional STEM Ambassador partner ConnectEB.  In these sessions you will find out about what is involved in being a STEM Ambassador, be introduced to some of the opportunities both on and off campus and have the opportunity to network with other new Ambassadors. 

Next induction session 

Public Engagement Masterclass

In addition to our courses for campus staff and students, we also deliver an annual Public Engagement Masterclass in partnership with Wellcome and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). This intensive and immersive 3-day residential course is open to newly independent and mid-career researchers across the UK on a competitive application basis. Plans for 2019 are in development but you can explore the programme for previous courses.

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