Are you working to enhance the quality, visibility and impact of public engagement with research? Are you responsible for developing a strategic approach to engagement with research for your department, research organisation or university? Would you like to work with others to develop your skills in this role?
If so the NCCPE’s Public Engagement Academy could be for you. The Academy provides a space for professional development for those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution, to encourage them to develop their practice, confidence and skills.
The Academy aims to provide an opportunity for participants to:
- Gain insights into how public engagement is being supported and led in other HEI
- Explore the current and future policy and funding drivers for engagement, including the relationship between public engagement with research and the impact agenda
- Develop contacts with key policy makers / funders
- Develop a network of peer support for individuals working to embed engagement into their organisation
The Academy will run from May 2015 until January 2016, and will be made up of three core two-day training sessions held in Bristol, interspersed with some reflective work and Action Learning Set meetings. To attend, you must register before the 13th March 2015 The dates of the two-day training sessions are, as follows, and participants are expected to attend all three of the core training sessions:
Date(s): 12th – 13th May 2015, 15th – 16th September 2015 and 20th-21st January 2016
Cost: £750 for the full course (although reduced rate available if you meet the criteria
To find out more about the Public Engagement Academy – Click Here
To find out more about the 6-day course programme – Click Here (PDF)
To register for the 6-day course – Click Here
The Online Research Database Service (ORDS) is a is a new service for researchers based at the University of Oxford, having been developed in-house by IT Services. It is a free, centrally supported service for University of Oxford researchers and their collaborators, designed to make it easy to create, edit, search, and share research databases online.
The ORDS is a web-based, cloud-hosted service. It enables easy collaboration, as multiple editors can work on a single database. Access controls enable project owners to choose who has permission to do what. Besides creating databases from scratch, researchers can also import existing data from Access databases, from spreadsheets, or from SQL database files, enabling old data to take on a new lease of life. Data in the ORDS can be exported in common formats for analysis, sharing and archiving.
A training course is being held by IT Services to offer advice as to how to get the most out of this service:
Date: Monday 16th February 2015
Time: 2pm until 5pm
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road
To find out more – Click Here
To sign up for the training – Click Here
The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) with opportunities to do outreach in Oxford and further afield, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level. By signing up to their database, you become eligible for training sessions, as well as have further potential for contact with professionals University wide who may wish to collaborate on outreach projects and activities.
This Network has organised a training programme covering various aspects of academic outreach, followed by a post-session drinks and networking opportunities. The agenda for the day is as follows:
4.30pm – Coffee and registration
5pm – Parallel sessions (choose between)
1) Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)
2) Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (For network members with some experience of outreach)
5.30pm – UNIQ Summer Schools (all levels) – University’s flagship residential summer school access programme
6.00pm – Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences
6.30pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak – After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University.
Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Time: 16:30-18:30 (18:30-20:00 Networking Drinks)
Location: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College
To sign up to the Early Career Academic Outreach Network database – Click here
To view the detailed agenda and book a place on the training programme – Click here
Oxford Sparks (www.oxfordsparks.net) is running further training courses and networking events in public engagement and science communication during Trinity Term 2014. These courses focus on the sciences but are available to all graduate students and research staff, and are part of a wider range of researcher training opportunities: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/researcher-training. Further information on training opportunities in public engagement and science communication, at Oxford and further afield, can be found on the Oxford Sparks website: www.oxfordsparks.net/pe_training
Networking event: Stand up science
Dr David Legg (host of ‘Science Slam’) and Jonny Brooks Bartlett (winner of FameLab regional final) explain how to use stand-up events to engage an audience with your scientific research. Have a go yourself, then have the opportunity to meet with other researchers from across the sciences. Booking details TBC.
Date: Thursday 29 May
Sexy, sticky, stimulating – science outreach via dance and theatre
Hear from Dr Cedric Tan, winner of several competitions, including “Dance your PhD” (http://vimeo.com/30211782) about how to use dance and theatre to engage an audience with your scientific research. For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40123
Date: Saturday 7 June
Translating your research into a hands-on activity
This comprehensive introduction to working with hands-on activities will include thinking about how people learn, the value of a hands-on approach and consideration of the practical issues you may face. This course will be delivered in conjunction with the Botanic Gardens. For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40105
Date: Thursday 10 July