Training & CPD

NEW Training Opportunity: Tools for Online Engagement

Book your place HERE via the University’s development programmes portal.

Select the course ‘Public Engagement – Tools for Online Engagement’.

This half-day workshop is designed to help those involved/interested in public engagement with research to facilitate meaningful engagement in online environments, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The workshop is led by PEARL Public Engagement Manager, Dr Matt Young, and joining is guest speaker, Megan Shore, Producer of Nottingham’s Festival of Science & Curiosity who will be sharing her insights and experiences of successfully adapting a whole festival programme of engagement activity to work in a national lockdown.

  • This online session aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to plan and deliver effective and impactful public engagement projects online and from a distance. Following this session, you will:
    Be able to identify different methods of online and distanced engagement
  • Know which digital platforms and tools are available to you and how to use them
  • Be familiar with the technology you have and confident in how to use it
  • Understand how to facilitate meaningful two-way dialogue online
  • Plan and carry out appropriate online evaluation for your events
  • Know how to make online events safe, accessible and ethical.

This session is open to all staff and postgraduate students. Please note that postgraduates wishing to join will need to use their staff format email address to login and access the booking system.

Training Programme 2021

The 2021 training programme will be delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate. All 4 workshops will be available to book by all University of Lincoln staff and postgraduate students. The 2021 session are due to run May-June. Dates will be announced here closer to the time.

1. Introduction to Public Engagement with Research

Date: TBC

2. Audiences and Publics

Date: TBC

3. Activity Planning

Date: TBC

4. Evaluation

Date: TBC

For further details of each training episode, please see the information at the bottom of the page.

Digital Format

The sessions are dated to run in succession so that each feeds into the next. However, all sessions also stand alone as complete, individual workshops and you can elect just to attend single session/s if you wish.

Registered participants will be emailed webinar joining instructions one week before the date of each session. Each training episode will be comprised of the following:

  • 20-30 minute pre-workshop task: These will be made available to participants via blackboard one week before the workshop. Pre-workshop tasks will help form part of the discussions and activities during the workshop, so participants are encouraged to complete each task to the best of their ability.
  • 3-hour interactive webinar: Each live webinar is comprised of short talks, interactive activities and discussion through which participants will be able to develop skills, understanding and take-home resources. Participants will be asked to complete a reflective journal during the training module.

Introduction

A new module of training sessions for carrying out effective public engagement with research has been developed in a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and the University of Southampton, grant-funded by UKRI.  University of Lincoln Staff and Postgraduate Students are invited to take part in a new University Public Engagement with Research (PER) training module featuring four training episodes. These will take place from April-June annually, or can also be run on a bespoke basis on request.

Through these sessions you will develop your skills in engaging people in research, including coming up with ideas, planning, communication and evaluation, and discover a range of resources and tools you can use to help you do this.

What is the format?

The sessions are dated to run in succession so that each feeds into the next. However all sessions also stand alone as complete, individual workshops and you can elect just to attend single session (s) if you wish.

Each training episode will be comprised of the following:

  • 20-30 minute online component consisting of videos, questionnaires and planning: this will be available to access via blackboard one week before the face to face session. It will form part of the face to face discussion and activities, so participants are encouraged to complete each task to the best of their ability.
  • 3-hour face to face session: with interactive activities and discussion through which participants will be able to develop skills, understanding and take-home resources. Participants will be asked to complete a reflective journal during the training module. Tea/Coffee/refreshments included.

Episode 1

Introduction to Public Engagement with Research

This session will offer training on:

  • understanding what public engagement with research is, and why it matters to universities, researchers and wider societies
  • the life cycle of planning a public engagement with research activity, including identifying aims, audience, activity and logistics
  • the importance of evaluating public engagement with research activity, and an introduction to how you might go about evaluating your activity.

Episode 2

Audiences & Publics

This session will offer training on:

  • identifying different audiences and publics, and why you might engage with them.
  • developing activities to reach different audiences.
  • the principles of effective communication with different audiences.
  • identifying a target audience for your activity and understanding why would be interested in this activity.

Episode 3

Activity Planning

This session will offer training on:

  • choosing an activity to engage the public with research, including where to find inspiration/support.
  • identifying important logistics and considerations for planning an activity, including health and safety.
  • developing and planning a public engagement with research activity, offering the opportunity for you to have a developed activity you could plan, seek funding for (if required) and deliver.

Episode 4

Evaluation

This session will offer training on:

  • defining evaluation and understanding its importance.
  • different methods you could use for evaluating public engagement with research activity.
  • best practice in evaluating public engagement with research activity.
  • how to plan realistic and achievable means of evaluating public engagement with research activity.

Episode 3

Activity Planning

This session will offer training on:

  • Developing an idea for an engagement activity – including where to start with choosing your activity and where to find inspiration/support.
  • How to plan an activity to engage a specific audience with your research.
  • The logistics to consider then planning an activity – what’s your budget? What about health and safety?

Please note, when you have registered, you will have access to the online element of Episode 3 at https://blackboard.lincoln.ac.uk from 12.00noon on Tuesday 28th May. Please complete this before the Episode 3 face to face session on Wednesday 5th June.