There are a number of opportunities to increase your I&E skills and to practice these skills in recognised schemes. Contact Fiona Wyllie for more details and/or inform her if you undertake any of these opportunities;
Training and engagement schemes
This is nationally recognised and does not need to involve a lot of a commitment to schools engagement. All researchers are eligible to apply and only require to register online, complete a CRB check and attend a brief induction (held in the Biomedical Building). The only requirement is to agree to participate in at least one engagement activity per year, of your own choice. You will receive regular emails highlighting opportunities but you are not obliged to participate.
"The STEM Ambassadors programme brings illumination to the classroom and switches on the minds of young people to the potential of STEM subjects and careers.
STEM Ambassadors are everyday people from real working backgrounds who volunteer their time for free to act as inspiring role models to young people"
Training only schemes
This one day course equips scientists with the skills to communicate their work on a non-technical level, clearly and confidently to a wide range of audiences. The cost is £400. The Royal Society will fully subsidise Royal Society funded research fellows and professors to go on one of their courses, and a second course (see below) may be funded at the discretion of the Grants Section. The EPSRC and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 consider the Royal Society their preferred communication course provider. EPSRC researchers can request funding for public communication training as part of a research proposal.
Upcoming course on 5th February 2014
Participation Cymru offer a range of one and two-day courses to help develop methods and skills in public engagement. The training can be tailored to meet your organisational and individual needs. The programme covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from public engagement basics, to specific methods of engagement (e.g. engaging with young people or hard to reach groups), to how to evaluate and use data. Courses run throughout the year at various venues throughout Wales
The UWE Science Communication Unit is widely renowned and is offers a suite of relevant short training opportunities.
For grantholders and their groups
This is also a one day course and focuses specifically on the skills needed when communicating with the media. A hands-on approach, including real film crew, takes scientists with a basic knowledge of the media and increases their skill and confidence in preparing for radio and television interviews and in approaching the print media with news stories and features. The cost is £400. The Royal Society will fully subsidise Royal Society funded research fellows and professors to go on one of their courses, and a second course (see above) may be funded at the discretion of the Grants Section. EPSRC and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 consider the Royal Society their preferred communication course provider. EPSRC researchers can request funding for public communication training as part of a research proposal.
Upcoming course on 26th February 2014
This course is tailor-made for BBSRC grant holders, and calls upon the skills of practising radio and print journalists to introduce scientists to the workings of the media. Presenting your research through the media is an efficient way of reaching a large audience. This course provides an ideal opportunity for scientists to learn how to use the media machine in promoting their science. There is a strong practical flavour, enabling participants to hone their writing skills and experience the thrills of a radio interview without the worries of a real broadcast. Places are free to principal investigators and research project leaders funded by BBSRC at universities and institutes that receive a competitive strategic grant from BBSRC. BBSRC-supported PhD students are also welcome.
Upcoming dates are 22nd October and 28th November 2013