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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.

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.

European Research Council Public Engagement with Research Award

Deadline 10 January 2020.

The European Research Council’s (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award 2020 is designed to recognize and celebrate ERC grantees who have demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.

Training for STEM Communicators - BIG Little event, 14 January 2020

The Little Event is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are new to STEM communication, whether you work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with science, technology, engineering and maths.

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.