Engagement and Impact Training 2023
Practical live online training exploring public engagement and impact, what they mean and how this could form part of your research and teaching

Engagement and Impact Training - 2023

These free to attend, up to two hour long online sessions, are for anyone at UCL who self-identifies as a researcher and/or wants to embed public engagement into their work (professional services, academic staff and postgraduate research students are all welcome). The interactive sessions will offer opportunities to explore different aspects of public engagement, from its role in the impact narrative to how we can apply for funding to support it. You will work with external and internal experts as well as meet people interested in public engagement from across UCL. These sessions are delivered jointly between the UCL Engagement, Research Impact and Curation and UCL East Engagement teams.

This year (2023), Engagement and Impact training will offer an introductory session, then a choice of seven workshops which may be repeated in term 3. All UCL Staff are welcome to book on to any of these sessions, as many as they like, free of charge.  

If you are early on your Public Engagement journey we recommend you attend the Engagement & Impact: An Introduction session on Wednesday 18th January 2023. This will give you the chance to discover the other workshops on offer and what will be best for you. However, you’re also free to attend just the workshops that matter to you – and if you’re new to Public Engagement but can’t make the Introductory session, we recommend that you complete our online module 'Introduction to Public Engagement' before attending a Public Engagement: Skills and Practice Training session (approx. 1.5 hr, not mandatory). 


Booking on to an Engagement and Impact training Session:


You can attend as many Engagement and Impact sessions as you like, we've chosen key topics that we know our community (UCL staff and students) are interested in. Simply click the titles below to see a short description, dates of upcoming sessions and links to book on:

For the easiest experience, please follow the steps below:  

  1. You need to be logged into the UCL VPN 

  1. Chrome is recommended as your browser  

  1. If you have never used MyLearning or InkPath before, you may want to log into Oracle first and check your HR details are correct then try the link 

  1. The additional Impact and Engagement workshops will become live throughout the year 

  1. Sessions will generally be held on Zoom with joining details sent to booked-on participants a few days before the session starts 

  1. Contact Organisational Development (osd@ucl.ac.uk) if you have any challenges booking on to courses 

Click the below titles to see dates, short descriptions and links for booking: 

Engagement and Impact: An Introduction

18/01/2023 from 14:00 to 15:30 - Complete

Beginning your Public Engagement Journey? Attend this session for an introduction to Public Engagement, including practical tips to get started. You’ll also get a visual guide and sneak preview of the other sessions available in Spring and Summer term as part of this training package.

Booking link (will open Inkpath): This session has been completed - come back later to see repeat session dates in Term 3 2023


Engagement and Impact: Evaluation

25/01/2023 from 14:00 to 16:00

Through dissecting contemporary case-studies and group challenges, participants will have the opportunity to practice evaluation planning techniques and approaches related to public engagement. 

Booking link (will open Inkpath): This session has been completed - come back later to see repeat session dates in Term 3 2023

Engagement and Impact: Introduction to Impact

01/02/2023 - 14:00 - 16:00

Creating impact in the ‘real world’ is an important aspect of research culture at UCL. In this course, we will introduce you Impact at UCL, how to find support and funding for activities, and highlight initiatives which will develop new pathways to impact for your research.

Booking link (opens Inkpath): Booking now closed

Engagement and Impact: Planning for Impact

08/02/2023 - 14:00 - 16:00

*Details coming soon* Led by the UCL Research Impact Curation team

Booking link (opens Inkpath): Engagement and Impact: Planning for Impact


Engagement and Impact: Evidencing Impact

22/02/2023 - 14:00 - 16:00

An interactive workshop which will help academics to understand, evidence, and evaluate the impactful outcomes of their research. Participants will explore case studies from across research disciplines and consider how to apply approaches to their own research.

Booking link (opens Inkpath): Engagement and Impact: Evidencing Impact

Engagement and Impact: Inclusive Practice

08/03/2023 - 14:00 - 15:30

Who are we choosing to engage with; who is missing; how can we make activities as accessible as possible? Best practice impactful engagement works with communities and public whose voices are currently missing or not being heard: this session will examine the importance of inclusion and access in public engagement and support you to include those who may face the biggest barriers. Led by the UCL East Engagement team

Booking link (opens Inkpath): Engagement and Impact: Inclusive Practice

Engagement and Impact: Applying for Funding

22/03/2023 - 14:00 - 16:00

Navigating the public engagement funding landscape can be tricky. These sessions aim to help explore where you might find funding for your public engagement activities, top tips on crafting your funding application and the opportunity to dissect applications through the lens of a funder.

Booking link (opens Inkpath): Cancelled

Engagement and Impact: Policy in Practice

29/03/2023 14:00 - 16:00

This session provides practical tips on how to maximise policy impact in the UK. We will hear from policymakers in local/national Government on how decisions are made and how academics can engage. 

Booking Link (opens Inkpath): Engagement and Impact: Policy in Practice

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