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Students Engage

Getting involved in engagement is a great opportunity for students
IATL - Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research

That’s why we’ve launched our first ever student module through IATL. Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research, is an interdisciplinary module created to give students a theoretical and practical introduction to public engagement. Students will come away with a strong knowledge of the complex challenges involved, and the rewards engagement can bring to themselves, universities and society.

Photograph from the IATL Public Engagement module lecture

Through the design, planning and delivery of their own public engagement activity, students build communication, team working and project management skills. They’ll explore subjects like evaluation, digital engagement, effective story-telling and place making and come away with the confidence and skills to apply this learning to future research, and careers outside academia.

"There's so many different types of public engagement people aren't aware of, so that's why I think it's important to educate. This is a realy good platform to reach out to all careers and set you up with really great skills."

Lucy Vinen, Undergraduate Enrolled in Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research

The module is open to all 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students to apply to – we’ll be starting with the next cohort in term 1 of 2021/22. We’ll also be developing our course materials into an online Moodle, and frequently using the Warwick Institute of Engagement Network to keep students and staff informed of opportunities to get involved. Sign up to be kept informed of the latest developments.

Student feedback:
  • "I've really enjoyed having up to 3 experts in a room at one time. It has helped discussion and meant that I can really enjoy sessions."
  • "A wide range of interesting and engaging exercises and course content!"
  • "The lectures are very informative and the additional links make the [online] content even more interesting."
  • "The external speakers on the online weeks have been really interesting and insightful."
Life Sciences - Science Communication module

Students in our Life Science's department can also sign up to a Science Communication module, run by Professor Kevin Moffat.

The module considers how science is communicated to different audiences and in different media, drawing out issues around science in society, for example the roles and responsibilities of scientists and journalists in communicating scientific research and the public understanding of science; and how science is communicated in museums and on TV and the Internet. There will also be a skills-based focus to the module that will include presentation of research in journals and for science conferences, writing newspaper articles and press releases, analysing science reports, newspaper articles and presenting to the public.

Find out more about the module here.

Want to find out more about our engagement plans with students? Take a look at our blog post for HEPI:

Students Engage! The Future of Engagement at Universities

If you're involved in teaching in your Department get in touch via wie@warwick.ac.uk to:

- let us know about how students learn about engagement in your department

- discuss with us how to grow engagement as part of your Department's teaching and skills portfolio

- work with us to build engagement projects in your students' formative and summative assessments.