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Training

The Centre for Public Engagement run a range of internal training sessions that cover a range of public engagement topics, from policy engagement to working with schools, patient involvement to putting on public events, as well as more general sessions. 

Through presentations, activities and discussion these sessions provide a practical introduction to the topics and explore how they can be applied to potential public engagement projects, equipping participants with the tools and best practice to engage effectively and evidence results. These can be booked through the CAPD website using the course codes below.

Courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate and PhD students, as well as staff looking for an introduction to public engagement methods. If you are already conducting activities and looking for further or bespoke guidance you can visit a CPE advice surgery or contact the team to ask about our Topic Group series, which bring together practitioners around specific areas of public engagement, such as patient and public advisory groups, artistic collaboration and festivals.

The CPE is also able to provide bespoke courses for individual Schools and Institutes and have worked with colleagues to develop several bespoke training sessions and integrate public engagement into existing schemes, for individual Schools or Departments – get in touch with us for more details.

Courses available through the Centre for Academic and Professional Development: 

The Centre for Public Engagement are running a series of training in specific aspects of public engagement for the 2016-17 academic year. These can all be booked by clicking the 'Book Here' links then typing the five digit course code into the search box.

RS414 Public Engagement: Introduction to Putting on a Public Event - 06/12/2016

RS414 Public Engagement: Introduction to Putting on a Public Event

In this workshop we discuss how public events can serve as effective means to not only disseminate your research, but to engage with a public in a variety of ways. 

We will discuss several examples of good practice from QMUL and UK researchers who have used different public events to not only engage with the public, but have the public inform and contribute to their research process. 

Finally, we will also discuss practical and logistical elements in planning and running the events which will help to provide you with evidence and potential metrics of direct impact on those in attendance and the means to explore and exploit that information.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Plan a public event, and understand how it fits into the landscape of public engagement
  • Identify examples of good practice in the area both within QMUL and nationwide
  • Have become acquainted with the relevant tools and techniques to maximise the impact of your public event
  • Have gained Insight on how to evidence a public event, and potential aims and metrics

Details

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016

Venue: CAPD Teaching Room, SCAPE 0.15, SCAPE East, Mile End

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

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RS415 Public Engagement: Introduction to Working with Schools and Children - 26/01/17

RS415 Public Engagement: Introduction to Working with schools and children

In this workshop we discuss how directly engaging younger audiences can serve as effective means to not only disseminate but also inform your research.

During this session we will discuss several examples of good practice from QMUL and UK researchers who have engaged schools and children, and discuss the various barriers and challenges when trying to work with both school groups and individuals.

Finally, we will also discuss practical and logistical elements in planning and running the events which will help to provide you with evidence and potential metrics of direct impact on those in attendance and the means to explore and exploit that information.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how presenting to schools and children fits into the landscape of public engagement
  • Identify examples of good practice in the area both within QMUL and nationwide
  • Become more acquainted with the relevant tools and techniques to maximise the impact of your school event
  • Have gained Insight on how to evidence an event for children, and potential aims and metrics

Details

Date: Thursday 26 January 2017

Venue: CAPD Teaching Room, SCAPE 0.15, SCAPE East, Mile End

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

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RS416 Public Engagement: Introduction to Involving patients with your research - 01/03/17

RS416 Public Engagement: Introduction to involving patients with your research

In this workshop we discuss how directly engaging your patients and patient groups can serve as effective means to inform your research throughout the research process.

During the session we will discuss several examples of good practice from QMUL and UK researchers who have engaged clinical patients to not only engage and inform them, but to have them inform and contribute to their research process.

The roles that patients can play in research (not including in clinical trials) will be explored. Finally, we will also discuss practical and logistical elements in planning and running the events which will help to provide you with evidence and potential metrics of direct impact on those in attendance and the means to explore and exploit that information.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how involving patients in your research fits into the landscape of public engagement
  • Identify examples of good practice in the area both within QMUL and nationwide
  • Become more acquainted with the relevant tools and techniques to maximise the impact of your patient interaction
  • Have gained Insight on how to evidence your involvement with patients, and potential aims and metrics

Details

Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017

Venue: Garrod Building 1.21, W, Garrod Building, Whitechapel

Time: 11:00 - 13:00

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RS417 Public Engagement: Introduction to Engaging with the Community - 21/03/17

RS417 Public Engagement: Introduction to engaging with the community

In this workshop we discuss how different forms of community engagement can serve as effective means to engage with a public in a variety of ways and contribute to the community around QMUL.

During this session we will discuss several examples of good practice from QMUL and UK researchers who have reached out to community organisations not only engage with the community, but have also had them inform and contribute to their research process.

Finally, we will also discuss practical and logistical elements in planning and running this kind of public engagement activity, and explore ways to evidence the impact of your community engagement

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how engaging with your local community fits into the landscape of public engagement
  • Identify examples of good practice in the area both within QMUL and nationwide
  • Become more acquainted with the relevant tools and techniques to maximise the impact of your community engagement
  • Have gained Insight on how to evidence community engagement, and potential aims and metrics

Details

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017

Venue: CAPD Teaching Room, SCAPE 0.15, SCAPE East, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

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RS418 Public Engagement: Introduction to Working with Policy Makers - 20/04/17

RS418 Public Engagement: Introduction to working with policy makers 

In this workshop we discuss how engagement with policy makers can serve as effective means to disseminate your research while helping to inform public policy.

During this session we will discuss several examples of good practice from QMUL and UK researchers who worked in conjunction with policy makers to not only engage with that sector and keep them informed of how public funds are being appropriated, but have also had them inform and contribute to their research process.

Finally, we will also discuss practical and logistical elements in planning and running the events which will help to provide you with evidence and potential metrics as to how to measure the impact of your work with policy makers, and the means to explore and exploit that information.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how engaging with policy makers fits into the landscape of public engagement
  • Good practice in the area both within QMUL and nationwide
  • Become more acquainted with the relevant tools and techniques to maximise the impact of your engagement with policy makers
  • Have gained Insight on how to evidence your engagement with policy makers, and potential aims and metrics

Details

Date: Thursday 20 April 2017

Venue: CAPD Teaching Room, SCAPE 0.15, SCAPE East, Mile End

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

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RD207 Engaging the public with your research - Currently Closed

RD207 Engaging the public with your research
(Suitable for Level 2/3 PhD students)

**Currently Closed**

This workshop is suitable for research students who are keen to find out more about public engagement in its many forms, and to think about how you can communicate your research effectively to the public. A key aspect of the session will involve effectively communicating research. 

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by public engagement, and how they might get involved and benefit
  • Feel more confident talking about their research to non-specialists in appropriate language
  • Be aware of some public engagement opportunities and ways of finding out about others.

ESDM019 Public Engagement Module PGCAP - Currently Closed

ESDM019 Public Engagement Module PGCAP
(As part of PGCAP but suitable for other academics)

**Currently Closed**

Suitable for:PGCAP participants, academics, ECRs, PhD students from the MAT programme only - others should be directed to the generic "Introduction to Public Engagement" course

This module covers a range of topics in public engagement, from how and when to engage in dialogue with those outside higher education, to engaging in partnerships and evidencing the impact of activities that involve the public with teaching and research, incorporating:

  • ESDM019-1 Introduction
  • ESDM019-2 Communication and Conversation
  • ESDM019-3 Engaging in Partnership
  • ESDM019-4 Evidencing Impact
  • ESDM019-5 Engaging with schools and running events
  • ESDM019-6 Engaging with research users, patients and community groups
  • ESDM019-7 Strategic partnerships for engagement and working with policy

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to have gained :

  • An awareness of the wide range of activities and processes encompassed by the term 'public engagement'
  • An understanding of the range of different groups of 'publics', as well as how to identify their motivations to engage
  • An appreciation of the way that different mechanisms of engagement relate to different publics, and a sense of how to select the most appropriate activity
  • An understanding of the PGCAP public engagement module

Other Training Providers

Staff and Students can contact the Centre for Public Engagement team to find out about other internal opportunities, such as the STEM Ambassador training scheme, as well as ad hoc queries regarding external training opportunities.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement also has a list of external providers of training.

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