Public Engagement

Training

The Centre for Public Engagement runs a range of internal training sessions to help prepare and support you to engage effectively with the public. Each training session is a mixture of presentations, activities, and discussions to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to enable you to get involved with public engagement activities.

If you are new to public engagement, or are looking to familiarise yourself with the basic principles of engagement, we recommend attending one of our Public Engagement Masterclass sessions.

If you have some experience of public engagement, or are looking to focus on a particular area of engagement, we recommend attending our in-depth training sessions.

We are also able to offer bespoke training sessions for schools and faculties at Queen Mary, and training for groups external to the University.

CPE Training Courses 2019-2020:

Public Engagement Masterclass

This half-day workshop is designed for anyone looking to take their first steps in public engagement or those who have undertaken projects before but would like to cement their learning in this area. By the end of the session, you will:

  • Have an oversight of why public engagement is an important part of the research lifecycle
  • Understand the needs and motivations of different sectors of the public and have an understanding of how to tailor engagement mechanisms and styles to meet these needs
  • Understand the importance of evaluation in engagement and have some basic skills in how to developing goals and identifying success and using feedback for future activities. 

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Wednesday 11 September: 10am-1pm, Scape 0.15 
  • Monday 4 November: 10am-1pm, Queens' Building E303
  • Wednesday 15 January: 10am-1pm, Scape 0.15 
  • Tuesday 31 March: 10am-1pm, Scape 0.15
  • Wednesday 6 May: 10am-1pm, Scape 0.15
  • Wednesday 1 July: 10am-1pm, Scape 0.15

 

Book now (search course code RS450)

Introduction to Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

This workshop is designed to act as an introduction on how engaging patients, carers and the public can serve as an effective means to inform health-related research throughout the research process. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what roles patients can play in research (not including clinical trials)
  • Have a variety of good practice examples of PPI from QM and UK researchers who have engaged clinical patients to inform and contribute to their research process
  • Understand practical and logistical elements of running engagement including how to evaluate and evidence the impact on those in attendance

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Monday 24 February: 10am-12noon, Scape 0.15 
  • Tuesday 4 August: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15

 

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Introduction to Community Engagement

This workshop is designed to introduce you to engaging with communities can serve as an effective means to engage with the public in a variety of ways and how this can contribute to the community around Queen Mary. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand how you can work with community organisations to not only engage with groups of people, but to also inform and contribute to the research process
  • Have a number of good practice examples of community engagement from QM and UK researchers that you can draw upon
  • Understand the pratical and logistical considerations to working with communities and explore ways to evidence the impact of community engagement

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Tuesday 10 December: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15 
  • Monday 6 April: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15

 

Book Now (search course code: RS417)

Hands on Engagement: Taking Research to Events and Festivals

This workshop is designed to give you an introduction on how to best engage with drop-in audiences at events like festivals, pop-up stalls and museum lates. By the end of the session you will:

  • Learn more about the different types of events and festivals that you could take your research to
  • Understand how best to engage with audiences in the short, drop-in interactions of these types of events
  • Understand what the benefits and challenges are in taking part in these events
  • Have some understanding of how to creatively design activities for hands-on engagement

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Monday 21 October: 2pm-5pm, Queens' Building W206
  • Tuesday 21 January: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15

 

Book Now (search course code: RS420)

Evaluating Public Engagement

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the importance of evaluation in public engagement and introduce you to some of the tools and techniques you can use to achieve this. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand why evaluation is so important for public engagement activities (including REF Impact Case Studies related to public engagement)
  • Understand how to plan for evaluation and embed this into your activities
  • Learn different innovative ways of capturing feedback
  • Understand how to produce meaningful evaluation reports that can be used as evidence of impact

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • TBC

 

Introduction to Engaging with Schools and Families

This workshop is designed to explore how engaging with younger audiences can serve as an effective means to disseminate and inform your research. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what role young people and their families can play in the research lifecycle
  • Learn more about how to adapt and tailor your activities for different groups of young people
  • Understand what barriers and challenges are present in working with schools and how you could potentially overcome them
  • Understand more about the practical and logistical considerations of running these types of events and how to evaluate these activities

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Thursday 17 October: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15 
  • Thurday 20 February: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15

 

Book Now (search course code: RS415)

Introduction to Working with Policymakers

In this workshop we will discuss how engagement with policymakers can serve as effective mens to disseminate research while helping to inform public policy. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what it means to engage with the policy-sector, from informing them of how public funds are being appropriated to having them involved and contributing to the research process
  • Have several examples of good practice from Queen Mary and UK researchers on how they have engaged with policymakers
  • Understand the practical and logistical considerations for working with policymakers and how to evaluate your work with them.

 

 Forthcoming dates 2019-2020:

  • Tuesday 14 April: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Scape 0.15 

 

Book Now (search course code: RS418)

I found the training very enjoyable and stimulating - it helped me to think much more widely about the different forms public engagement can take ... and the kind of dialogue I might have about my research.
— Cultural Geography PhD researcher

Bespoke sessions for schools and faculties:

The CPE is also able to provide bespoke courses for individual Schools and Institutes within Queen Mary. We have previously worked with colleagues to develop training sessions tailored to their specific needs and integrate public engagement training into existing teaching schemes. If you are interested in this, please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

 

External Training:

The Centre for Public Engagement is able to provide bespoke training courses for organisations external to Queen Mary for a nominal fee. If you are interested in this service, please get in touch with the team to discuss further.

I found the session very helpful ... this is everything you need, in a clear and concise manner. It was spot on.
— Computer Science post-doctoral researcher