Public Engagement with Research: The Basics
Duration 1 day
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. 


Engaging the wider public with your research can be a highly rewarding way in which to make a greater impact with your work. However, for many of researchers it can be challenging to step beyond the niche universe of your own research and start to take your work to non-specialist audiences for the first time.

This introductory course is tailored towards those who are thinking about incorporating public engagement into their work for the first time, or who just want to gain a better understanding of what exactly public engagement is, how it can be useful to you and how it can be done well. It is suitable for researchers at any stage of their career who are looking for a broad overview of public engagement tools and techniques that they can easily implement in future engagement activities.

The session will be led by Dr Matt J Young, Public Engagement Manager for the University of Lincoln. Matt has produced and delivered public engagement projects large and small, from city-wide festivals such as Pint of Science Nottingham to subject-specific events for families at the Cheltenham Science Festival and even science comedy at the Green Man Festival.

Aims: This course aims to give those new to public engagement with research the basic knowledge and tools necessary to begin effectively incorporating public engagement into their work as a researcher.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand what exactly public engagement with research is, the variety of forms it can take and the purposes these forms serve.
  • Understand your motivations for undertaking engaging non-specialists with your research and how these motivations should influence any project
  • Have the new tools that can be used to tackle the task of translating complex subject matter into accessible material for any audience.
  • Know how to be a more effective speaker and how to develop your confidence in your presenting
  • Know what support is available to you

Booking Conditions 

Privacy Statement 

The Researcher Academy is committed to protecting the privacy of researchers who register for our training courses and events. Your completion of the booking process shall constitute your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data to University staff and external partners responsible for the delivery of the course or event for which you have registered.  Personal information shared includes; name, role/position, mode of study, School/Department, dietary and accessibility requirements. 

Latecomer policy 

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a researcher academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time. 

Importance of booking commitment 

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process. 

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities. 

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