Training & CPD

2021 Public Engagement Skills Training Programme Now Available for Booking

Book your place HERE via the University’s development programmes portal. (via Cloud Desktop or VPN)


  • Due to ongoing ICT work, the above booking link is only available via the University Cloud Desktop or VPN. If you have issues accessing the booking page or need further help, please contact ICT directly. 
  • These sessions are open to all UoL Staff and Postgraduates. 
  • Postgraduates wishing to register for a session will need to use their staff-format account to login to the booking page. If you do not have a staff-format account and wish to book onto a session, please email

Training Programme 2021

The 2021 training programme will be delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate. All 5 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: 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 19th May 2021

2. Audiences and Publics

Date: 1pm-4pm, Thursday 27th May 2021

3. Activity Planning

Date: 1pm-3pm, Thursday 3rd June 2021

4. Digital Approaches to Engagement

Date: 1pm-4pm, Thursday 10th June 2021

5. Evaluation

Date: 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 17th June 2021

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.

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

Digital Approaches to Engagement

This session will offer training on:

  • Identifying different methods of online and distanced engagement.
  • Which digital platforms and tools are available to you and how to use them.
  • Understanding how to facilitate meaningful two-way dialogue online.
  • Planing and carrying out appropriate online evaluation for your events.
  • Knowing how to make online events safe, accessible and ethical.

Episode 5


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 from 12.00noon on Tuesday 28th May. Please complete this before the Episode 3 face to face session on Wednesday 5th June.