Sessions will be scheduled again for the next academic year - follow the links to register your interest in these. Bespoke training can be delivered to any research group on request.
Engaging with Diverse Audiences - including Widening Participation
*New and Improved - based of attendees feedback*
Public engagement, outreach and widening participation (WP) are all terms we hear a lot, but you might not be clear as to what the differences are, and why it matters. This session aims to address the confusion, and help you develop your own session for engaging different audiences with your research or subject area. We’ll talk about tailoring content for these audiences, having to take a flexible approach to engagement and thinking on your feet, as well as evaluation and best practice. This single session gives you the opportunity to build your skills, create your own session, and receive feedback on the session from your peers.
Thursday 9 May
Become a maths busker
Engage new audiences of all ages with the wonders of mathematics by joining our training to become a maths busker. Maths busking is the art of using street performance that surprises and delights passers by with entertaining routines deep rooted in maths.
This training is available to staff and students of all levels with an interest in engaging people with maths. We welcome applicants from both maths and statistics, as well as those working in other departments who may still have an interest in maths as a subject.
Thursday 9 May
10am - 4pm
Science in the Media - run by Sense About Science
This full day workshop focuses on how to present science evidence acurately within the wider media as well as in front of key policy and decision makers. The day consists of a number of different panel sessions focusing on media, policy makers, journalists and other experienced researchers of all levels. This year it will also include a Public Engagement panel.
Warwick has secured a number of places for PhD students and ECRs, within the SEM and Social Sciences Faculties.
More information and booking details will be released closer to the date, so please get in contact with A.Phillips@warwick.ac.uk to register your interest.
Friday 14 June
10am - 5pm
We are looking to run these sessions again, with improvements / changes based on feedback form our learners.
Please look at the existing resources for more information about the content of the session.
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Giving great public engagement presentations - held on Wed 20 March, 12pm -3pm
Join us for a session where we discuss top tips for engaging the public through your research presentations. We’ll talk about some different styles of presenting commonly used at public engagement events (e.g Pecha Kucha, or “TED Talk” style), as well as talking about summarising a difficult topic into a presentation without needing to “dumb down” research.
Evaluating your public engagement activity - held on Wed 6 Feb, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Evaluating your public engagement activity is always best practice. It’s vital if you are ever going to want to use your activity as part of a REF Impact Case Study, however even if you think you aren’t you can still gain a lot from effective evaluation. In this session we’ll explore setting aims and objectives for your activity, different methods for evaluation, and how to choose the right one for you. We’ll also touch on good evaluation questions, survey design and how to maximise response rates.
A beginners' guide to public engagement (held Friday 07 and Thursday 13th* December)
Aimed at those who are new to doing public engagement this session will provide an overview of what public engagement is, why it matters and equip you with some top tools and tips to make it easier. We’ll talk about different types of public engagement, finding an audience for your research, setting aims and objectives for your public engagement, and how to evaluate your activity.
* This was a bespoke session held for PGRs only. Please contact the team if you would like to us to run some training for your group of staff or students.
Engaging diverse audiences with your subject specialism and/or research - October 2018
Run in conjunction with the Widening Participation Team this session sets out to help you gain a deeper understanding of Outreach, Public Engagement and Widening Participation work at the University and how to engage learners from diverse backgrounds and different age groups, especially from a Widening Participation (WP) background. Our aim is to help you increase your confidence pitching to a range of audiences, giving you tools to design and plan a session on your research area/a topic in your subject discipline for a WP/Public
Digital public engagement techniques
Social media offers a huge amount of scope for connecting your research with large groups of people. At this session we’ll talk about different methods of public engagement, specifically focusing on digital techniques such as blogging, digital storytelling, using social media and some platforms that are out there for you to tap in to. We’ll discuss risks and mitigating for these, as well as how to evaluate success.
Public engagement exhibitions: Working with museums/galleries
Exhibitions can be an excellent way of translating your research for a lay audience. We’ll discuss the feasibility of how you might put together an exhibition, how to work with a museum or gallery partner to produce/ host something like this, and how you might want to consider getting artists involved. We’ll also cover other ways you might work with a museum or gallery to do public engagement, and share with you some top tips about evaluation.
Planning Quality Engagement - IAS Only
This was a bespoke sesision organised for IAS.
Online resources that provide advice on topics such as promoting events, understanding what public engagement is and how to promote your activity.
Many organisations run public engagement training - find out more here.
View our Events and Funding page for recent calls for events where you can run an engagement activity, as well as calls for funding and speakers.