Training and Development
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
10:00-16:00, 18 March 2020
This course is designed specifically to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in designing and delivering successful engagement activities in schools.
The course will :
- Improve your familiarity with school and classroom environments
- Allow you to hear from researchers involved in school outreach
- Enable you to find out why secondary teachers collaborate with researchers to deliver outreach activities
- Explore techniques for engaging young people
- Support you to generate your own activity ideas.
The morning will focus on developing your knowledge, skills and confidence and the afternoon will follow on from this with advice on how to plan and develop your own activities.
Capacity: 24 places
Become a STEM Ambassador
Next training session date TBA
Join our growing network of STEM Ambassadors, who share their experience of working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with a variety of audiences, from schools to community groups. This session will introduce you to the STEM Ambassador programme and how you can get involved with public engagement activities. As part of the induction, you will also receive a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, allowing you to work with schools and vulnerable adults.
Capacity: 30 places
Public Engagement Masterclass
In addition to our regular courses for campus staff and students, we also deliver a Public Engagement Masterclass in partnership with Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences. In 2019, this is being developed with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA) and the latest programme can be found here. This intensive and immersive residential course is open to researchers across the UK on a competitive application basis, and will run from 8th to 10th July 2019. The deadline for applications is 16 April 2019.