Train and Engage

Train and Engage offers postgraduate research students the chance to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for activities that involve people outside the university.

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

Find details and register for the next sessions in your school on the tabs below.

To be eligible for funding from Train and Engage, applicants must either attend the Train and Engage workshops or the Connecting with the Public course offered by the UCL Doctoral School in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Public Engagement Unit. Students who attend either of these training programmes are eligible for any subsequent Train and Engage deadline.

The next deadline for Train and Engage funding is likely to be in March 2016.

If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to complete a short application form.

Applicants who do not read the guidance document and contact the public engagement coordinator for their school prior to submission are unlikely to receive funding.

Are you a PhD researcher in The Bartlett, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences (BEAMS) or the Institute of Education (IOE) at UCL? 

Do you want to inject more excitement into your time at UCL? Would you like to develop your public engagement skills? Do you have an idea for a project or activity that will help you to connect your studies with people outside the university?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, read on.

UCL’s Public Engagement Unit brings you the Train and Engage programme. Train and Engage provides the opportunity to attend Public Engagement training and then apply for grants of up to £1000 for BEAMS and IOE postgraduate students who have good ideas for activities that involve people outside the university.

These sessions are delivered by the UCL Public Engagement Unit and feature training and group work as well as the chance attend and critique a short public engagement event. The training will provide you with an excellent grounding in this exciting and fulfilling area.

Refreshments are provided and you are welcome to bring your own lunch

Please use our eventbrite page to register for this event

Session overviews:

It is expected that you will attend all three sessions.

Introduction to Public Engagement

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016 10am-1pm 

Venue: Central London TBC

In this session you will explore what public engagement is, why universities engage with public audiences, and assess the potential benefits of doing engagement. You will also identify relevant public groups for your own research and take a creative approach to generating engagement activities suitable for your chosen group/s.

Developing your own public engagement project 

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 2-5pm 

Venue: Central London TBC

This session will build on ideas generated in the previous session around activities related to your research and chosen public group/s. You will develop ideas for engagement activities, discuss how to define and plan projects and how to evaluate outcomes.

How to Engage: Practical Public Engagement

Wednesday 24 February 2015, 1-4pm 

Venue: Central London TBC

As part of this session you will attend a public engagement event (included in the time frame) to use as a case study to discuss the positives and drawbacks of particular methods. In this session you will also identify the support, funding and opportunities for Public Engagement available to you as part UCL and beyond.

If you have any questions about Train and Engage in BEAMS or the IOE, contact e.baddeley@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.

Each training workshop is assigned a number of points. At UCL, it is now mandatory for all Research Council funded research students to undertake the equivalent of 2 weeks of skills training per year (20 points per year). More information is available on the Training Requirements for Research Students section of the Doctoral School website.

This year Train and Engage SLASH has been integrated into an even bigger programme of training and support for researchers in the arts and humanities at UCL.

  • Collaborative Learning in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (CLASH) is a programme of public engagement training, support and funded project activity designed specifically for arts and humanities PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers from UCL, King’s College London (KCL) and the School of Advanced Study (SAS). This programme is delivered in collaboration with 4 Cultural Partners: the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust, the Share Academy (London's smaller museums) and King’s Cultural Institute.

Please register your interest to find out more:

Do you want to inject more excitement into your time at UCL? Would you like to develop your public engagement skills? Do you have an idea for a project or activity that will help you to connect your studies with people outside the university?

These sessions are delivered by the UCL Public Engagement Unit and feature training and group work as well as short talks from UCL students and staff who are experienced in public engagement and will provide you with an excellent grounding in this exciting and fulfilling area.

The next Train and Engage programme for SLMS PhD researchers will likely take place in May 2016. More information will be made available on this website closer to the time.

If you have any questions about Train and Engage in SLMS, contact t.caffrey@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.

Each training workshop is assigned a number of points. At
UCL, it is now mandatory for all Research Council funded research
students to undertake the equivalent of 2 weeks of skills training per
year (20 points per year). More information is available on the Training Requirements for Research Students section of the Graduate School website.

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