Train and Engage funding call now open

31st March 2017
UCL Engagement
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Funding calls are now open for the Public Engagement Unit’s Train and Engage programme.

Now in its 6th year, the programme offers postgraduate students the chance to apply for grants of up to £1000 for activities that involve people outside the university.

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

Previously funded projects have been diverse. From Dr David Roberts’ Haggerston Estate Open House Weekend to Dr Melissa Bovis’ How small are we talking.

One involved a series of participatory events exploring urban change and social housing, while the other used a range of myth-busting games to examine concepts of nanotechnology and nano-scale. 

Dr Roberts built on his extensive engagement experience to organise a range of events and performance at the now demolished Haggerston Estate. Turning the traditional architectural tour of the London Open House Weekend on its head, he invited current residents and visitors to take part in telling the story of the estate. Ultimately offering an opportunity to reflect on the changing state of housing in London.

Rural Wales formed a rather different backdrop for Dr Bovis’ interactive, games event. Using family-favourites such as ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and ‘Play Your Cards Right’ to demonstrate the size and scale of ‘nano’ to audience members at The Green Man Festival 2014. As well as challenging common misconceptions about what is and isn’t possible in the world of nanotechnology.  

As a result of the advice, experience and resources received through the Train and Engage programme both participants were able to take part in further public engagement events and to enhance their ability to embed public engagement in their work.

Have you previously attended public engagement training at UCL and would like to run your own public engagement project? Find out how to apply here.

The deadline for funding applications is Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

If you have any questions about Train and Engage, contact publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk.

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