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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.

Science camp training course for environmental researchers

Science Camps offer early-career environmental researcher the opportunity to learn about and explore the role of community engagement in environmental research. Science camps are hands-on learning programmes. Delivered over five days in the field, they provide immersive, expert-led, peer supported training to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in science communication, engaging communities in research, co-creation approaches in science such as citizen science and enhancing nature connection.

Upcoming camps in January and March.

Online Science Communication Course: Connecting People, Creating Events

This online course will help you Develop the practical skills and theoretical understanding needed for effective, science-based public engagement, from the UWE Science Communication team. The course runs from which will run from 16th January to 24th March 2023.

Environmental Engagement in Practice: Evaluation, sustainability and making a case

Join this free, day-long, practical workshop on evaluation, developing sustainable engagement practice, and evidencing the value of engagement. This event will take place on Thursday 12th January 2023 at 10.00 – 16.00.

Introduction to Social Media for Scientists

An introductory course for scientists wanting to learn the nuts and bolts of using social media and how to create stand-out content. 10 – 11 January.

Science Filmmaking Course

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

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.