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.
The CPE is currently short-staffed and this may affect our capacity to deliver training in early 2024. Please stay tuned for 2024 training dates.
Please note: we are continuing to offer online training sessions during the 2023-24 academic year, and will review this annually.
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:
Book onto the Public Engagement Masterclass
This workshop will introduce 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:
Book onto the Introduction to involving patients in your work session (search course code: RD-PE-006)*
Please note: we are happy to have individuals from Barts NHS Trust join us for this training, although you may be unable to book using the online system. If this is the case, please contact the CPE directly to book your space (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Engaging with communities can serve as an effective means to develop your work at Queen Mary and can make a positive contribution to the local area. This workshop is designed for anyone looking to engage a community where their research can have an impact, focusing on Tower Hamlets as an example. By the end of the session you will:
Book onto the Introduction to working with communities session (search course code: RD-PE-001)
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:
Book onto the Hands on Engagement: taking research to events and festivals session (search course code: RD-PE-008)
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:
Book onto the Evaluating Public Engagement session (search course code: RD-PE-004)
Engaging with schools and family audiences can be can be rewarding and inspiring for you and your audiences. This session will introduce you to key considerations to bear in mind when designing and delivering engagement activities with these audiences. By the end of the session you will:
Book onto the Public Engagement with Schools and Families session
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
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 a bespoke session, get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.
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 our external training service, 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