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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.

Speak up for Food Security

Deadline: 26 January

The Global Food Security programme’s annual research storytelling competition. Featuring a 2 day research story masterclass.

Connected Communities Research Programme Book Launch: 28 January

You are warmly invited to the launch of Imagining Regulation Differently edited by Morag McDermont, Tim Cole, Janet Newman and Angela Piccini. The book introduces the results of a 5-year collaboration between English and Welsh community organisations and the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff exploring how regulation can both constrain and further engagement in decision-making.

Barriers to Access in Science Communication and Public Engagement: 30 January

This free seminar will explore the different barriers affecting people in science communication, discuss the impact this can have on our events and projects, and how we can all improve our science communication and engagement work.

Science Busking Training for Cardiff Science Festival: 5 February

The Institute of Physics, together with Cardiff Science Festival, will hold a free workshop about science busking. The workshop will introduce you to science busking, working with like-minded people and science communication professionals on how to use your body and your voice to convey scientific ideas. It will also cover intriguing demos that you will use to entice the public. No previous experience required!

Genetics Society Communicating Your Science Workshop: deadline 28 February

This workshop brings together experts in different fields – writers, broadcasters, publishers, industrialists, computer scientists, and presenters – to help you explore and develop your communication skills. The Genetics Society will cover travel (within the UK only), accommodation and meals for successful applicants.

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.