Public Engagement: Skills and Practice Training
2022/23 coming in a new form 2023

*Please note this training programme is currently being updated in collaboration with colleagues across UCL - the below information relates to the 2021/22 running of Public Engagement: Skills and Practice and is no longer current* - September 2022

Public Engagement: Skills and Practice (PE:SP) is UCL Culture’s flagship staff training programme about public engagement. 

These free to attend, two hour 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 embed it within undergraduate courses at UCL. You'll work with external and internal experts as well as meet people interested in public engagement from across UCL. 

This year, Public Engagement Skills and Practice will offer an introductory session, then a choice of eight workshops offered every two weeks across terms two and three, finishing up with a Networking and Next steps session in late May. All UCL Staff are welcome to book on to any of these sessions, as many as they like, free of charge.  

Initially, we strongly recommend you attend the Introduction to Public Engagement and Skills and Practice on Tues 18th January. 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 PE 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). 

A visual guide showing the possible routes through PESP this year - two possible introductory sesssions, one live and one online, then  up to eight workshops, then a possible final networking session,
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Booking on to a PE:SP Session:

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

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

Note that your booking link will vary depending on your background, although the sessions will be shared: 

  • Staff and Post-Doctoral researchers book through MyLearning  

  • Post-Graduate researchers book through Inkpath. 

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 PESP 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: 

Introduction to Public Engagement Skills and Practice 

18/01/2022 from 14.00 to 15.00

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 for Staff (MyLearning) Introduction to Public Engagement: Skills and Practice

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) Introduction to Public Engagement: Skills and Practice


Fundraising for Public Engagement

25/01/2022 from 14.00 to 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 for Staff (MyLearning) Fundraising for Public Engagement

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) Fundraising for Public Engagement

Teaching with External Communities

09/02/2022 from 14.00 to 15.30

This interactive 90-minute session is for research students and staff with teaching responsibilities who work or wish to work with external communities as part of their teaching (Community Engaged Learning). As part of this session, you will find out how you can turn your research with partners into teaching projects for your UG and PGT students and how can you use your teaching practice to progress your career towards the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Community Engaged Learning is experiential learning where students collaborate with external partners to address real-world challenges and opportunities as part of their assignments and research.

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) Teaching with External Communities

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) Teaching with External Communities

Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact 

22.02.2022 from 14.00 - 16.00 

This session looks at the ways public engagement can help your work have an impact on the world – and provides tips on how to make sure you capture and show that impact. 

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact

Working with the Voluntary and Community Sector

08/03/2022 from 14.00 - 16.00

Find out about how to work more closely with the Voluntary and Community Sector– for learning, research, knowledge exchange, and in enhancing the student experience.   

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) -  Working with the Voluntary and Community Sector

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Working with the Voluntary and Community Sector

Creating inclusive approaches to involving a diverse group of people in research

28/04/2022 from 14:00 - 16:00 - note new time. 

Join us to learn how an inclusive values based approach can help you to involve a diverse range of stakeholders in your research. What does this mean? It means putting other people at the heart of your engagement and involvement work.   
This practical session will help you to think about what is important to you and your research (your values) and explore how to apply underlying values for effective involvement of people in ways that can develop your research and practice.  

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Creating Inclusive Approaches 

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Creating Inclusive Approaches

Evaluating Public Engagement Challenge Session

26/04/22 from 14.00 to 16.00pm

Through dissecting contemporary case-studies and group challenges, participants will have the opportunity to practice evaluation techniques and approaches related to public engagement. The session will last 2 hours with break. 

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Evaluating Public Engagement

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Evaluating Public Engagement 

Co-creating with Creatives

10/05/2022 from 14.00 to 16.00

From podcasts to puppetry, from theatre to photography; in this session you will work with UCL’s Public Programmes Team to explore the processes of working with an artist or a creative to support delivery of public engagement. 

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Co-Creating with Creatives

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Co-Creating with Creatives

Storytelling Skills for Engagement 

24/05/2022 from 14.00 - 16.00 - and new session 27/04/2022 from 14.00- 16.00 due to this session selliong out - student booking link TBC

Storytelling skills and activities can frame your narrative to deliver engaging content. In this workshop, you will learn storytelling techniques to adapt and apply to your engagement activities.  

April booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Storytelling Skills for Engagement

April booking link for Students (Inkpath) - Storytelling Skills for Engagement 

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Storytelling Skills for Engagement

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Storytelling Skills for Engagement

Networking and Next Steps

27/05/2022 from 14.00 to 15.30

Are you experienced in Public Engagement, or have you taken part in Public Engagement Skills and Practice training this year? Join us to network with peers, and gain practical tips and signposting for what comes next 

Booking link for Staff (MyLearning) - Networking and Next Steps

Booking Link for Students (Inkpath) - Networking and Next Steps

 If you want to hear as soon as new dates become available, please sign up to our newsletter, follow us on twitter or contact the team at publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.



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