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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 and the opportunities to submit your engagement work for prizes and awards.


Knowledge Exchange and the Creative Industries Seminar Series, 6 November 2019 to 22 April 2020

The University of Bristol are hosting a series of seminars tied together around the theme of future directions for immersivity in the creative industries, with each event exploring collaborations across different creative forms, including cinema, theatre, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, music, and audio storytelling.

Royal Institution Masterclass Speaker Training: 7 March and 25 April

Want to share your passion for the STEM subjects with enthusiastic young people as a Masterclass workshop leader? These events are aimed at new and prospective Masterclass workshop leaders, as well as existing speakers wishing for further development and experienced STEM communicators looking to try something new.

STEAM Summer School

STEAM is an innovative course in science communication, building on traditional methods by combining STEM with the Arts. The course has both an online component and a face-to-face programme run annually in Malta. The early bird deadline is 31 May.

Science Filmmaking Courses

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

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.