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Training and learning opportunities for public engagement

Resources and training opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in public engagement from the Public Engagement Unit and other organisations.

The Public Engagement Unit works with colleagues across the University to develop and deliver training for public engagement through existing professional development opportunities such as the Bath Course, the Bath Prize Fellowships and DoctoralSkills with the Doctoral College.

We have also developed a range of resources and materials you will find on this page to help you develop your knowledge and skills in public engagement.

Public Engagement Knowledge Hub

An online learning tool for anyone interested in public engagement with research.


The Public Engagement Knowledge Hub is an online learning tool to introduce you to the foundations of high-quality public engagement. The Knowledge Hub, developed by the Public Engagement Unit, is open to anyone with an interest in public engagement and is now available on Moodle (and no, there isn't an assessment involved!).

If you are thinking about undertaking a project to engage public groups with your research, the Public Engagement Knowledge Hub is an online course with resources and activities that will help you to get your idea up and running and ensure your public engagement activity is successful.

You can self-enrol to the Public Engagement Knowledge Hub on Moodle to access a wide range of courses.

Training opportunities

Find out more about the opportunities for professional development in public engagement run by a variety of organisations.


Bespoke Training from the Public Engagement Unit

Do you have an idea for a training session but can't find a provider? The Public Engagement Unit can help. Contact us at to arrange a meeting.

Compelling Science Storytelling Online Workshops

These workshops will develop your skills for effective communication of science concepts and stories of discovery and impact. 8, 22 Feb and 6 March.

International Researchers Training Course – 23 Things

Join an international cohort of researchers to enhance your strategic thinking, productivity, and professional profile. Deadline 23 February.

Online Talk - Citizen science: unleashing the possibilities of research for and with everyone

Find out about two citizen science projects exploring the effects of climate change in Essex and involving schoolchildren in Astronomy research. 27 February.

Free online event – The Secrets of Public Engagement

Join the team behind New Scientist Live to discover the secrets behind the UK’s biggest science show. 27 February, 1-1.45pm.

Introductory Media Training for University of Bath Academics

Are you interested in communicating about your expertise with the news media? Not sure where to start? These sessions will be perfect for you. 9 and 10 April.

Science Filmmaking Courses

Taught by an ex-BBC science documentary filmmaker, these courses give you the skills to make and promote films about research. 22-24 April

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum 2024 - Call for Contributions

The UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum is an annual event for all those with a passion for ensuring that knowledge makes a positive difference to society. A call for contributions is now open. 8-9 May.

SciComm South West conference

The SciComm South West conference will focus on how we, as a collective, foster a brighter future for the research and practice of science communication. 7 June 2024

Help shape the discussion by submitting your ideas for an innovative mix of workshops, as well as the chance to hear the perspectives from a range of South West organisations. Deadline for proposals: Friday 1 March 2024.

Science in Public Conference

This conference will provide a space to explore how the science engagement landscape has changed in the last five years. 8-10 July.

Training and development frameworks

There are a variety of training and development frameworks to help you understand how public engagement can fit into your professional development.


The training and development frameworks in higher education that recognise the value of the skills and qualities involved in public engagement practice include:

Vitae's Public Engagement Lens on the Researcher Development Framework that highlights how public engagement is part of the professional development of researchers, providing an overview of the key knowledge, behaviours and attributes typically developed by researchers that can be acquired through, or used in, public engagement activities.

The Association of Research Managers and Administrators' Professional Development Framework that identifies public engagement as central to the translation of research.

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If you are interested in developing your skills and knowledge of public engagement and would like to attend any of these opportunities the Public Engagement Unit can help.