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Build your engagement skills

Getting involved in engagement is a great opportunity for students. It's all about learning to connect better with other people, to share what you're interested in and opening yourself up to hear and understand other perspectives. It can help build useful transferable skills - making you a better communicator, a more confident presenter, and giving you the tools to help you make social change happen.

Warwick Institute of Engagement is working with groups across the University to ensure that training in Public Engagement is available for all students at Warwick. We'll be embedding advice and guidance about engagement into modules across multiple departments, and identifying key courses we can contribute to.

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Students in an engagement lecture

Online Courses

Complete these courses in your own time

Storytelling for Research with Duncan Yellowlees

Why, how, and what you need to know to make use of one of the most powerful communication techniques around. Make sure your research talks have the impact they deserve.

Take part in an online guided course in your own time.

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Join these live training workshops

Storytelling for Research, Wednesday 14 July, 3pm-5pm, Online

How can Storytelling make people care about your research? Join Duncan Yellowlees for this unique training session to find out. In this two hour session you'll discover the secret to telling amazing stories that can captivate your audience - no matter what platform you're using to engage people. Write better blogs, make better videos, give a better podcast interview, and be a better presenter.

Lights, Camera, Action, Tuesday 27 July, 10am-3pm, Online

How do you take a concept and turn it into a short video for the world wide web?

​Starting with a basic idea, Sam will work with you to take your work and turn it into a two minute video ready to share as part of a real event!

​We'll explore scripting, Health and Safety, accessibility & more.

Create your own Public Engagement Zine, Wednesday 28 July, 12:30-2pm, Online

Join illustrator and science communicator Hana Ayoob for this creative workshop on zine making for outreach and engagement. Zines are simple, self-published magazines or leaflets. 

In the workshop, you will be guided through making your own zine exploring your work or another area. We’ll discuss the history of zine making, how to distil ideas into a few key points, different zine formats, and ideas for using zine making activities and finished zines in your outreach and engagement.

Engagement ModulesStudents in a lecture

You may be able to study engagement as part of your degree programme - many departments offer modules that will help you develop these skills. You can also sign up to take part in our Public Engagement module through IATL.

Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research

This interdisciplinary module offered by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) is available at 12 and 15 CATS to undergraduates from across the University of Warwick who are in their 2nd or final years of study. It takes place in Term 1, with a final event taking place in January each year. Learn more.

Opportunities to Engage

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Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS)

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme enables undergraduate students to carry out an interdisciplinary summer research project - which includes the option of a public engagement project. There are bursaries of up to £1,500 available to students to support them with these research projects. If you want to undertake a public engagement project through the URSS then WIE are happy to support you in identifying a potential supervisor who can help you. Visit the URSS pages for more information about the scheme, and get in touch if you'd like to discuss how WIE can support you.

Volunteer for Coventry City of Culture TrustCity of Culture Logo

For a full 12 months the Trust will co-ordinating work across the City, volunteering opportunities will exist from the 9 day opening spectacular to supporting events and being a city host, to leading other volunteers. Find out more on the Warwick Volunteers website.