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 online via zoom. For further details, visit the booking links. 

 

Online Public Speaking training

9 December, 13:00- 15:00, Zoom

Please register in advance for this training session here

Trainer: Jamie Gallagher

Capacity: 30 places

Session overview

Speaking to a virtual audience comes with its own unique set of challenges: lack of audience connection, accessibility barriers and technological issues. This course will banish these worries and help you give a confident, polished and impressive talk online. The course leader, Dr Jamie Gallagher, has been delivering science talks on stage and screen for the past ten years and he’ll be sharing his top tips to get the perfect home set up, to construct your narrative and keep your audience engaged.

Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to improve their online speaking tools to talk to wider audiences. This course is ideal for all level researchers and wider campus staff who are willing to engage online with schools, communities or develop their own digital projects. 

What skills will you acquire?

Science communication skills, online public speaking skills, storytelling skills. 

Where will you use this? 

The Public Engagement education team have a new programme, called Genomics Lite, of live webinars for upper secondary biology classes. Running twice a week on Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday after school, pupils will have the chance to hear from and ask questions to scientists from the Wellcome Genome Campus. The programme will cover a new curriculum-linked topic every half term and will look at the topic in context of cutting edge research, what techniques and equipment are used in the lab, what the big ethical questions in the field are and what career pathways scientists have taken. Each topic will be accompanied by pre- and post- session resources to support learning in the classroom and at home.

This is a great place to put your skills into practise! Contact the education team at: education@wgc.org.uk

 

Tools to measure and evaluate your success and impact in your Public Engagement work

2 February, 10:00 - 12:00, Zoom

Please register in advance for this training session here

Trainer: Suzanne Spicer

Capacity: 30 places

Session overview

Who is this for? 

This course is for active campus staff in Public Engagement who want to improve how they evaluate their Public Engagement activities or projects. Members of Campus with an Enabling Fund or who are looking to apply for one are strongly encouraged to join this session. 

What skills will you acquire?

Evaluation techniques; qualitative feedback; quantitative feedback; creative ways of gathering information; types of evaluation; purpose and aim of evaluation; how to design an effective evaluation

Where will you use this? 

In your Enabling Fund application. In all your public engagement experiences and activities. 

It will also be applicable in grant submissions if you are asked to explain your public engagement skills and experience. Evaluation is considered a fundamental skill for public engagement and highly valued within grant proposals. 

For more information on the Enabling Fund, and how to apply, please go here: https://publicengagement.wellcomegenomecampus.org/enabling-fund-for-publ...