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. 


Online Public Engagement Activities

16 April, 13:30-14:00, Zoom

Please register in advance for this training session here

With the whole of the UK on lock-down, online public engagement actives are increasing in popularity and importance. Whether you want to engage with adults, children, influence policy or increase your own profile, through video, audio or written media, we want to support you to have the best impact. We will be hosting a 30 min kick-off session on Zoom on Thursday 16th April at 1:30pm where we will outline some of the different forms of engagement and opportunities available, will find out what support you need, and from there will tailor web-workshops and 1-1 coaching sessions to help develop and support you to engage effectively.

These courses will be run by Eloquential, an organisation that specialises in the art and science of effective communication.

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

Find out more about STEM Ambassadors


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.

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