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Public Engagement with Research

Getting started in Public Engagement with Research

This new Public Engagement with Research (PER) course features four training episodes where you will discover:

- What public engagement with research is and why its important
- The wide range of people/audiences you can engage with, inform, influence and learn from
- Different options and formats for engagement activities and how to evaluate their success
- How to develop your communication skills for diverse events and audiences
- A wide range of tools and resources to enhance your engagement activities
- A network of engaged researchers and supportive public engagement professionals
- How/when to apply for funding and next steps in your public engagement journey

pilot groups for PER training intro course
researchers enjoying our new 'Getting started' training

Target Audience

Doctoral researchers from any discipline.  NB Those who are in mid- to later stages may benefit more than those at the start of their PhD candidature. 

Course format

Each of the four training episodes will comprise:

An online component consisting of videos, questionnaires and planning/preparation.

This will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available via blackboard one week before the corresponding face to face session. The content will inform the face to face discussion and activities, so participants are encouraged to complete each task to the best of their ability.

A face to face session of half-day duration including lunch.  Each episode will explore an element(s) of the ‘PER Life Cycle’, with interactive group activities, useful hints, tips and links plus conclusions and advice about how to complete your online reflective journal (see below).

Course expectations

You must commit to and attend all 4 training episodes and complete each of the (4) online components beforehand.

Within the course, you will be supported to develop a public engagement activity, which can (optionally) be delivered at an appropriate event (eg Southampton Science & Engineering Festival, Human Worlds Festival, or similar opportunities within Faculties/disciplines).  This includes the opportunity to apply for seed-funding to develop/run the activity.

You will be asked to complete an online reflective journal during the course and (if relevant) as you deliver your public engagement activity.

Course Facilitators

This course will be led by Professor David Read (Chemistry/Centre for Higher Education Practice) and colleagues from CHEP/PERu.

Course dates

Tuesday 15 October 2019* - 12:00-15:00 - the Course commences with (f2f) Episode 1

followed by:

Episode 2 - Tuesday 29 October - 12:00-15:00

Episode 3 - Thursday 14 November - 12.00-15:00

Episode 4 - Thursday 5 December - 12.00-15.00

*the corresponding on-line component will be available to complete a week before each f2f date.

NB if you are unable to attend/secure a place in October, there will be another opportunity to do the course in the Spring Term.  Please check back here for dates in due course.

How to book

Please book your place via the Gradbook link below.  Please note that the Gradbook listing is showing with the Episode 1 date (15 October) but in booking this, you are also committing to attend Episodes 2-4 on the subsequent dates as shown above.


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