Train and Engage

Train and Engage offers postgraduate research students the chance to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for activities that involve people outside the university.

Alongside funding, Train and Engage provides advice, training and resources to support you in designing, developing, delivering and evaluating your own public engagement project.

Find details and register for the next sessions in your school on the tabs below.

To be eligible for funding from Train and Engage, applicants must either attend the Train and Engage workshops or the Connecting with the Public course offered by the UCL Doctoral School in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Public Engagement Unit. Students who attend either of these training programmes are eligible for any subsequent Train and Engage deadline.

Deadlines are normally three times per year. If you wish to apply for funding after taking part in Train and Engage, you will need to complete a short application form. The latest versions of the form are available here for reference but they will be updated before the next deadline in May 2015.

Applicants who do not read the guidance document and contact the public engagement coordinator for their school prior to submission are unlikely to receive funding.

Do you want a more fulfilling student experience? Would you like to develop your public engagement skills? Do you have an idea for a project or activity that will help you to connect your studies with people outside the university?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, read on.

The interactive sessions are delivered by the UCL Public Engagement Unit and feature training and group work as well as short talks from UCL students and staff who are experienced in public engagement.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Please use our eventbrite page to register for this event.

An introduction to public engagement
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1:30 - 4pm
(including lunch)

In this session you will explore what public engagement is, and why universities engage with public audiences. Examine a range of innovative methods and techniques for engaging with specific audiences and discover the basics of project managing public engagement activities.

Evaluating public engagement: a 'how to' guide
Wednesday 18 March 2015, 1:30 - 4pm
(including lunch)

Thoughtful evaluation is the key to successful public engagement activities. Session two is your chance to get some ideas about how to evaluate your own public engagement. The session relies on the introduction to aims and objectives in session one, giving you essential tools that ensure your project is useful both to you and to public participants.

Developing your own public engagement project
Wednesday 25 March 2015,
1:30 - 4pm (including lunch)

In this session you will develop ideas for a public engagement project into a funding proposal, building on sessions 1 and 2. It's also an opportunity to find out more about the tools and resources for planning and delivering effective engagement projects.

If you have any questions about Train and Engage in BEAMS, contact hilary.jackson@ucl.ac.uk.

This programme builds on previous successful Train and Engage programmes run for postgraduate students in all three of UCL's schools, as well as a 2010 pilot project for Arts and Humanities students at UCL and Birkbeck.

Each training workshop is assigned a number of points. At UCL, it is now mandatory for all Research Council funded research students to undertake the equivalent of 2 weeks of skills training per year (20 points per year). More information is available on the Training Requirements for Research Students section of the Doctoral School website.

This year Train and Engage SLASH has been integrated into an even bigger programme of training and support for researchers in the arts and humanities at UCL.

  • Collaborative Learning in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (CLASH) is a programme of public engagement training, support and funded project activity designed specifically for arts and humanities PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers from UCL, King’s College London (KCL) and the School of Advanced Study (SAS). This programme is delivered in collaboration with 4 Cultural Partners: the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust, the Share Academy (London's smaller museums) and King’s Cultural Institute.

Please register your interest to find out more:

Train and Engage SLMS took place in May 2014, we anticipate that it will run again in May 2015.

If you are a postgraduate research student in UCL's School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS), and would like further information about Train and Engage, please contact Kimberley Freeman (kimberley.freeman@ucl.ac.uk)


An introduction to public engagement
Wednesday 14th May 2014, 2-4pm (lunch available from 1.30pm)

Venue: Central House G01

In this session you will explore what public engagement is, and why universities engage with the public; examine innovative ways to discuss your research area with the public; and be introduced to a range of methods and techniques for engaging specific audiences.

Planning and evaluating projects: a 'how to' guide
Wednesday 21st May 2014, 2-4pm
(lunch available from 1.30pm)

Venue: Central House G01

Session 2 is your chance to learn some relevant project management skills, explore aims and objectives, and get some ideas about how to evaluate public engagement activities. These are essential tools to ensure your project is useful both to you and to public participants.

Developing your own public engagement project
Wednesday 2
8th May 2014, 2-4pm (lunch available from 1.30pm)

Venue: Central House G01

In this session you will develop your ideas for a public engagement project into a funding proposal, building on sessions 1 and 2. It's also an opportunity to find out more about the tools and resources for planning and delivering effective engagement projects.

Each training workshop is assigned a number of points. At UCL, it is now mandatory for all Research Council funded research students to undertake the equivalent of 2 weeks of skills training per year (20 points per year). More information is available on the Training Requirements for Research Students section of the Graduate School website.

This project builds on previous successful Train and Engage programmes run for postgraduate students in all three of UCL's schools, as well as a pilot project for Arts and Humanities students at UCL and Birkbeck.

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