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Public Engagement Training

Public engagement training

At the University there are internal sessions available, covering a variety of different disciplines and topics. Training can be found for all staff at the University, regardless of whether you are a researcher, or work in professional services.

This page will showcase internal sessions that are either upcoming or have been recently held, as well as providing examples for external training, including a comprehensive list of extra resources and guides. 

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Internal Training

Here are some examples of recent training events at the University:

ACU Funded Public Engagement Training

A free online course for PGRs and Early Career Researchers that will look to explore five key components of public engagement, with fully explored and detailed outcomes. This is an upcoming event, to be held in June 2020. Topics will include:

  • Public Engagement 101
  • Evaluation for Engagement
  • Co-production in Research
  • Creative Engagement Methods
  • Impactful Public Engagement with Research

For more information, please contact Dr Chris Wood.

Online Engagement

The Translational Funding team host a variety of different events throughout the year. Most recently, they offered an exciting online course for both academics and professional services staff apt for current times covering:

  • How to get the best of your equipment at home
  • Identifying dominant models of online engagement
  • Understanding different platforms and how best to utilise them
  • How to foster meaningful two-way dialogue online
  • Planning appropriate online evaluation for your engagement and how to make events accessible, safe and ethical

For more information about future events, please visit the Translational Funding site, which can be found here

Engaging with Select Committees at UK Parliament

This event is open to all researchers at the University, irrespective of discipline and career level. This exciting online session will look at how your research can transform into policy that could shape society. It will cover:

  • The role of select Committees
  • The Select Committee inquiry process
  • How research is used in UK Parliament
  • How to submit effective evidence to Select Committees

Tomas Williams, of the UK Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service, will be hosting this event on Tuesday 20 April. For more information on the event or signing up itself, please click here.

Responsible Research and Innovation

Training course ran for PhD students by Professor Sarah Hartley. For news and enquiries on potential workshops on this subject, please contact Professor Hartley here.

Working Together

This event is open to all staff and will allow you to understand barriers and enablers to working together as researchers and public collaborators. For more information, please contact Kristin Liabo.

On-going training for PhDs and ECRs

How to ‘do’ public engagement/engaged research and how to cope with challenges presented by doing engaged research. Aimed primarily for members of the Wellcome Centre. For more information, please click here

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

The NCCPE offers six ‘off the shelf’ training courses, in addition to other initiatives, to support and further develop PE work. The six courses include:

  • Meaningful Online Engagement
  • High-quality Public Engagement
  • Evaluation: developing your approach
  • Working in partnership – for researchers
  • Introduction to community engagement
  • Engaging the public with controversial areas of research

The NCPPE also has the Engage Academy - a year long development programme for professionals in public engagement. They host an annual Engage Conference for all those interested in PE in higher education, too.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust will be hosting their annual Public Engagement Masterclass virtually in 2021. It will be titled Public Engagement in Transforming Times and will cover six key themes of PE to allow researchers to embed it into their work. The cost of the course is £150 with a limited number of bursaries available.

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Royal Society

The Royal Society hosts several sessions regarding Public Engagement both for experienced and non-experienced researchers. You can see what training sessions are available here.

They also run two innovative schemes whereby researchers can get paired with politicians and experienced scientists respectively.

The Pairing Scheme allows scientists to pair with UK parliamentarians and civil servants and learn about each other’s work, gaining an insight into how research can help inform policy making. This years offering appears to be online, and more information can be found through the above link.

The Mentoring Scheme allows new and up-and-coming research leaders the chance to be paired with an experienced mentor.

British Science Association

Similarly to the pairing scheme offered above, the British Science Association runs an initiative called Media Fellows. This is where scientists spend two-six weeks working at a media outlet such as the Guardian or BBC. Here they can learn how the media operates and reports on science and how to engage the general public with science through media.

They also run a programme aiming to connect Community Leaders with local researchers to promote innovative community-led science engagement in Community Buddies.

Sense about Science

The Voice of Young Science (VoYS) are hosting a workshop on 19th May 2021 where you can learn from those who have engaged with the media, policymakers about why good evidence is important for them and how researchers can help to inform policy. This event is free for STEM and social science early career researchers, trainees and medical professionals.

Useful resources such as Public Engagement: A Practical Guide are available too.

BIG STEM Communicators Network/BIG Science Communication

For those wanting a more informal take on PE, the Communicators Network run fortnightly events gathering people who work in, or are interested in, science communications, outreach or public engagement in STEM. This is a chance to share ideas and upcoming events. More information on the next set of events here.

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

On Being Human’s website there are a series of toolkits to aid with hosting a successful public engagement event. Topics include:

  • Socially distanced events
  • Focusing on your audience
  • Working with a partner
  • Finding the right venue
  • Working on a budget
  • Finding the right format

ESRC Festival of Social Science

An annual festival with the aim of encouraging and creating opportunities for researchers to engage with the public while increasing awareness of the social sciences. As part of the festival, they hold a weeklong series of events held across the UK, which can be found here.

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

  • Whole host of resources available. PE evaluation guides can be found here
  • More general help on all things PE can be found here

Wellcome Trust

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

Dedicated section of the website called Learning For Involvement has a series of training and resources relating to PE and public involvement.

Medical Research Council

Several resources on the website such as PE Evaluation Guidance

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Public Engagement Training: The Handbook

British Ecological Society


Free training and networking resource for journalists, scientists and anyone wanting to communicate science. There is a mixture of free online courses, practical guides and bespoke training here.

Video Series Available

Talking Science: An Introduction to Science Communication: a video series by Greg Foot introducing techniques to help talk with the public about science, technology, engineering and maths.

Contact Us

For further information or questions on all things PE – whether it be requesting 1-on-1 training or help within a department – please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing

If you are interested in seeing what other public events are available at the University, please click here.