Train and Engage
For postgraduate students (research)

Train and Engage is our flagship training and funding programme for UCL postgraduate research students. Participants attend a series of public engagement training sessions and complete online modules, then have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £1000 to run their own public engagement projects. 

In July 2019 we funded 5 projects. Read more about them here.


This series of sessions is tailored to support UCL postgraduate research students interested in developing and applying their public engagement knowledge and skills. The interactive sessions provide practical opportunities to explore the variety of ways in which researchers can effectively interact with and involve public groups, and to apply for money to run their own activities.

The sessions are open to students of all backgrounds and levels of experience, and are designed to build on your existing skills and interests. The initial session provides you with the background and context for further developing your public engagement skills and knowledge. Further sessions allow you to plan and implement activities, formats and/or events that are best suited to your particular subject specialism and interests.

Upcoming dates:

There are three face to face sessions and two online modules that form the course. Each face to face session is run twice to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to attend all the course. Participants will complete both online modules as well as session

  • Online module 1: (accessible mid-February)
  • Session 1: 14:00 – 17:00 Friday 6th March
  • Session 1 (repeat session): 09:00 – 12:00 Tuesday 10th March
  • Online module 2: (accessible mid-February)
  • Session 2: 14:00 – 17:00 Wednesday 11th March
  • Session 2 (repeat session): 09:00 – 12:00 Tuesday 17th March
  • Session 3: 14:00 – 17:00 Wednesday 18th March
  • Session 3 (repeat session: 14:00 – 17:00 Tuesday 24th March

Register for Train & Engage now


Once you have attended the Train and Engage workshops, and completed module 1 and 2 of the online training, you can apply for up to £1000 of funding to implement your public engagement ideas. Funded projects are supported by the UCL Engagement Team with advice, experience and resources to help as you design, develop, deliver and evaluate your project.

Please note the latest round of funding is now closed.

We also have a document answering some practical questions about receiving and spending the funding.

You can download a list of all previous funded projects.

Contact: publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk


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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