Researcher Development

Engagement and impact

Getting started in public engagement for researchers in Science
Looking to engage others outside of academia in your research? Or, are you already working with non-academic stakeholders such as schools or industry but now looking to reach new audiences or to improve your current engagement methods?

Getting started in public engagement for researchers in the School of Management
Looking to engage others outside of academia in your research? Or, are you already working with non-academic stakeholders such as organisations, the public sector or government but now looking to reach new audiences or to improve your current engagement methods?

Getting started in public engagement for researchers in Humanities & Social Sciences
Looking to engage others outside of academia in your research? Or, are you already working with non-academic stakeholders such as policy-makers or the media but now looking to reach new audiences or to improve your current engagement methods?

Getting started in public engagement for researchers in Engineering & Design
Looking to engage others outside of academia in your research? Or, are you already working with non-academic stakeholders such as industry or healthcare providers but now looking to reach new audiences or to improve your current engagement methods?

Designing a creative public engagement activity
In this practical workshop we'll take you through a process for devising public engagement activities.

Engaged research & effective collaborations
Increasingly, researchers are collaborating with non-academic stakeholders in their research. Benefits of this include drawing on a diversity of perspectives to solve a problem and enhancing the likelihood of research impact. But how can you ensure that such collaborations are effective, and that they generate mutual benefit for all involved?

(Im)proving your public engagement
In this hands-on, practical workshop you will be introduced to tools and techniques you can use to evaluate your public engagement activities. Evaluation helps improve your practice as well as demonstrating the impact of your activities.

Non-academic Impact - making a contribution to society with your research
There is an increasing focus on the importance of academic research making an impact on society. Researchers are increasingly required to demonstrate the impact of their work to funders and, from now on, in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). This interactive session, delivered by Prof. Jane Millar (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research), will discuss definitions of 'impact' and its assessment; explore existing examples, and think of new ideas for research impact; and provide practical advice on making an impact and collecting evidence of impact.

Getting noticed: your first steps in building an academic reputation
This workshop is intended for science postgraduates who hope to embark on an academic career after completion of their PhD.

Media training - TV &radio
Even in the internet age, broadcast interviews still have the greatest exposure and importance. Good interaction with the media is becoming ever more important for researchers, with the emphasis on impact in the REF. This course will build your confidence in giving radio and TV interviews, and explaining your research to a non-specialist audience in a limited time. Learning how to get your points over clearly and concisely are skills that will stand you in good stead for other career situations like conferences and public debates.

Writing about research for the popular press
Engaging with the media can be a highly effective way of raising public awareness about your research. This workshop will help you to develop your understanding of how the media work, how best to communicate with journalists and reduce the risk of your research being misinterpreted. It also covers the key principles of writing about your research for a non-specialist audience. The ability to communicate your work to a wide range of non-specialists, from grant committees to potential collaborators from other disciplines, is a valuable transferable skill that will help you in your career.

Making the most out of conferences (for science and engineering)
Attending conferences is an important part of every researcher's career. It gives you an opportunity to let other researchers in your field know about your research, receive feedback, make links to other research and develop research collaborations. Conferences also give you an excellent opportunity to develop your communication and networking skills.

Getting the most out of conferences (e-Learning module)
Planning an academic conference 

Networking and social media for careers NEW
Whether you are planning to stay in research or move outside of it, it's increasingly important to develop relationships with, and build your reputation among, potential employers, collaborators and colleagues. If 'networking' is a word that fills you with dread, or you would like to enhance your networking abilities and online presence, this workshop will use a range of interactive methods to help you network effectively in person and online in order to develop your career and look for jobs.

Publications, citations and open access
This workshop demonstrates tools and services such as impact factors for journals, metrics like the Hirsch Index and citation analysis, and outlines good practices for improving your citations. We also cover open access publishing, the University research archive (Opus), copyright options and author rights.

Open access: What, why, and how?
This short workshop will give clear, practical answers to the questions: What is open access? Why does open access matter? How do I make my research open access?

Writing grant applications
A short seminar for research students on how to write successful research grant applications.

Augmented reality 
The use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the worlds of entertainment and commerce has increased rapidly in the last couple of years, bringing to life objects, printed matter and even locations by augmenting what is seen around us with additional digital resources. And now we are also starting to see education exploring the possibilities AR offers both for marketing as well as for enhancing teaching and learning. This session will introduce some of the work we have been doing at the University of Bath, focusing particularly on our experiences in using AR technology to enhance our annual, institutional Images of Research event.

 

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