Public Engagement: Skills and Practice Training
2020/21 Term 3/Summer dates open now!

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 engagment, 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.

To find out more about Public Engagement: Skills and Practice and how it works, please watch the short introductory video below:

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For detailed course descriptions and intended learning outcomes please see the PE:SP course brochure:

Booking on to a PE:SP 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). 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.

Booking is managed via MyLearning (UCL's online learning portal) and for the easiest experience please follow the following steps before booking:

  1. You need to be logged into the UCL VPN
  2. Firefox or Internet Explorer are recommended as your browser 
  3. If you have never used MyLearning before, you may want to log into Oracle first and check your HR details are correct then try the link
  4. If the course is "planned", you'll be added to a interest register
  5. Sessions will generally be held on Zoom with joining details sent to booked-on participants a few days before the session starts
  6. 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: 

Co-Creating with Creatives (All 2020/21 sessions now complete)

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. 

Bookable sessions:

09/03/2021 : 11:00 - 13:00 (Historic)

05/05/2021 : 11:00 - 13:00 (Cancelled)

19/05/2021 : 11:00 - 13:00 (Historic)

21/07/21 : 11:00 - 13:00 (Historic)

Storytelling skills for Teachers and Presenters (All 2020/21 sessions are now complete)

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 teaching and presenting.

09/02/2021 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

14/04/2021 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

03/06/2021 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

Blogs, social media and gamification: How Elves and Humans can close the gap between research and practice (All 2020/21 sessions now complete)

In this talk, The Mental Elf Founder - André Tomlin - will focus on the challenges and explore good practice examples of how to close the gap between research and what is happening in practice. He will showcase new ways that we can all adopt to engage with the people who are interested in what we are doing.

05/03/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 (Historic)

26/04/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

14/07/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 (Historic)

Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact (All 2020/21 sessions complete)

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. 

22/04/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

06/07/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

Fundraising for Public Engagement activity (Spaces Available)

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. 

Two of the advertised sessions (21st of July and 19th of August) are primarily information and practical training sessions as a large group for the full two hours (with a break included).  

The session held on the 4th of August is a funding surgery – where if you book on you will be invited to a short, 15 minute one on one meeting with one of the team to discuss an idea you might currently be exploring. Note the 15 minute meeting will be within the two hour slot advertised - please ensure you book on to this course by the 30th of July 17:00 to be allocated a slot.  

21/07/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 Information Session (Historic)

04/08/21: 14:00 - 16:00 Surgery (Click here to book)

19/08/21: 10:00 - 12:00 Information session (Click here to book

Evaluating Public Engagement: Challenge session (Fully booked)

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

16/03/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

14/05/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 (Historic)

18/08/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 (link to book Evaluating Public Engagement) - this session is fully booked, if you follow this link you will be added to a waiting list

Handling disagreement, facilitation and conflict (All 2020/21 sessions now complete)

We will look at practical strategies for addressing conflict management and practice some conflict scenarios typically found within public engagement to help us identify both good practice and not so good practice in dealing with these situations.

02/02/21 : 12:00 - 13:30 (Historic)

25/03/21 : 10:00 - 11:30 (Historic)

15/06/21 : 10:00 - 11:30 (Historic)

Creating inclusive approaches to involving a diverse group of people in research (All 2020/21 sessions now complete)

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.

01/04/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

20/05/21 : 10:00 - 12:00 (Historic)

29/06/21 : 14:00 - 16:00 (Historic)

Visions and Realities (Spaces available)

For the past year we've been asking you 'what do you want to know about Public Engagement?' this has led to the creation of a two hour, interactive session which will guide participants through examples of successful public engagement methodologies across different disciplines, and give them the chance to hear about real-world practice.  

Learners will hear directly from both community and academic speakers, and will be able to reflect on the benefits and challenges of using different types and methods of public engagement. Please note, as with all PE:SP sessions, this is the same session repeated three times, i.e. the content in each of the below dates will be the same - you do not need to attend more than one session.

11:00 - 13:00 : 27th July (Cancelled)

10:00 - 12:00 : 9th August (Click here to book)

14:00 - 16:00 : 26th August (Click here to book)

Want us to cover something in particular?

We want to make sure we are providing the support and training on the topics you need, if you have an idea for a theme or topic around Public Engagement that you think we should cover, please let us know by filling the short survey (less that 5 minutes) via this link.

 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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