Public Engagement

Professional Development Opportunities


There are a variety of training and development frameworks in higher education that recognise the value of engaged practice and the skills and qualities that it entails. These frameworks include:


Below you'll find current professional development opportunities (offered both on- and off-campus), alongside any opportunities to receive recognition (such as prizes) for your engagement. Please note that the University runs its own, annual Public Engagement with Research Awards. Also, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement regularly runs workshops on a range of issues including beginners' guides to public engagement and evaluation and engaging with communities.

We update the below opportunities regularly; if there's nothing currently of interest, do check back again soon.

  • Changing Minds - Data Stories Workshop: 3 June (Bristol)

    Fri 10 May 2019

    Changing Minds: Data Storie is a one day workshop bringing together researchers and practitioners from the biological recording and citizen science community with communications professionals from across the spectrum of policy, conservation, media and research. Together we will explore the opportunities and challenges of using data to communicate about biodiversity issues as well as using communications techniques to support citizen science outcomes. read more »

  • Astronomy and Geophysics Education and Outreach Training Day: 5 December

    Mon 29 Apr 2019

    Anyone involved in astronomy or geophysics is welcome to attend, whether you're a Fellow, outreach professional, teacher, amateur astronomer, volunteer or student, you might be senior in your field or you might just be starting out, but either way #RASreach2019 is for you! read more »

  • STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum: deadline 3 June

    Mon 29 Apr 2019

    The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement. read more »

  • Interact 2019 - an engagement symosium for the physical and life sciences: 4 September

    Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Are you a physical or life scientist or do you engage with STFC or use STFC facilities and doing outreach, public engagement and science communication? If so then the Interact symposium is for you! read more »

  • Women In Environmental Sciences Workshop: 12 June (Manchester)

    Fri 01 Mar 2019

    This free workshop will establish women's voices in environmental science, explore partnerships between research and development organisations and encourage and inspire the next generation of women to become environmental science advocates, activitists and practitioners. read more »

  • Royal Society Writing and Media Training Courses

    Fri 11 Jan 2019

    Communicating scientific research to non-specialist audiences is crucial for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Presenting work effectively to the public, to a political audience or even to academics working in alternative disciplines, can be challenging and is typically outside the remit of many researchers. read more »

  • NCCPE Engage Academies: Places available for 2019-20 cohorts

    Wed 12 Dec 2018

    The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) are now accepting applications for the Engaged Researchers' Academy and the Engage Academy for the 2019-20 cohorts. read more »