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Funding News

STFC Reaction Award - Science and Technology Public Engagement

The STFC Reaction Award scheme is open. The Reaction Awards scheme will allow the funding of public engagement programmes that are a fast response to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC's science and technology remit.

Applicants to The Reaction Awards Scheme are advised contact the Public Engagement Team STFCPublicEngagementTeam@stfc.ac.uk to discuss their Reaction Award application.

Public Engagement Funding available at University of Dundee

At the University of Dundee, our School of Life Sciences has Public Engagement Seed Funds available that provide funding to researcher driven projects to develop novel public engagement ideas within Wellcome's remit (health and wellbeing). Applications are welcome from all staff groups and students, from every area of the University. Please contact SLS-PublicEngagement@dundee.ac.ukfor more information.

Training and Development News

Open Consultations at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament are seeking expert and impartial advice from academics across Scotland. There are several calls for evidence and consultations where you can provide written evidence and the University encourages our staff and students to engage with the Parliament through consultations. The direct or indirect influence of your parliamentary engagement, can affect real, positive change for communities and nations.

Professional Development for Public Engagement Professionals

At the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement will be launching a new network for public engagement professionals (PEPs) across the UK. This national network aims to mobilise the collective experience and skills of PEPs and support their career development. It will provide access to the latest thinking and expertise about engagement policy and practice, offer opportunities for CPD and training, support members to share solutions and problems, and establish peer support mechanisms. Between June and September, we're hosting a number of free 'taster' events for prospective members.

For more information on the Public Engagement Professional network visit the NCCPE website.

Finding Humour in your Research training - Monday 28th January 2019, 5-9pm

If you are a researcher, academic, student or work at the University of Dundee, and you want to try your hand at a new way of public engagement, then come along to this comedy training, and develop your skills in stand-up comedy and public speaking.

The training, facilitated by professional comedian Susan Morrison, can really boost confidence in public speaking or just hone and enhance skills you may already have in public engagement. The training will develop your communication skills about the work you do at the University, whether it is about student life, or your research. We’ll help you find the humour in your research!

The training will take place on Monday 28th January 2019, 5-9pm, on the city campus of the University of Dundee.

To find out more, or to book your free place on this workshop, email the Revealing Research team at revealingresearch@dundee.ac.uk

Wow! Why? Aha! Communicating Complexity - OPD Training course

When: 19 March 2019, 10am-5pm
Where: OPD Training Room, Tower Building, University of Dundee

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to develop their public engagement activities (public performance, workshops, press, TV or radio) through to those just wishing to improve their lecturing or speaking skills.

This course has been carefully designed to prepare anyone (from nervous novice to experienced speaker) to present engaging and accurate specialist knowledge in a truly memorable and exciting manner. You will be gently encouraged to step outside of your comfort zone to extend your repertoire of skills and build your confidence in real life situations.

Book your free place via the OPD booking webpage.

An Introduction to Engaging Public Audiences with Your Research - OPD Training course

When: 22 May 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm
Where: OPD Training Room, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Designed with early and mid-career researchers in mind, this course features sessions on communicating your research, understanding audiences and the benefits of public engagement. Learn how you can make the most of engaging with different public groups, including schools, general public and policy makers. Try some interactive skills to help you engage diverse audiences and find out how the University can support you reach these new audiences.

Book your free place via the OPD booking webpage.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

Would you like to become a STEM Ambassador and inspire the next generation of thinkers? Fife College are the co-ordinators of the STEM Ambassador scheme for Dundee and provide a link between local schools and event organisers who would like to connect with enthusiastic staff and students in science, technology, engineering and maths fields.

For more information please visit www.stemeast.org.uk

Celebrating Our Public Engagement

Winners of the 2018 Stephen Fry Awards for Public Engagement with Research

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector.

The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in a range of materials and colours according to the wearers’ preference. The team included Dr Graham Pullin, Dr Andrew Cook and Eddie Small from the University, as well as colleagues from other organisations.

Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s English department, has been named Engaged Researcher of the Year in recognition the role he has played in bringing the works of Mary Shelley, H.G.Wells and Jonathan Swift to life for new audiences in Dundee as part of the national Being Human Festival. Read more on the Stephen Fry Award Winners here.

Life Sciences Gold Award for Public Engagement

Congratulations to the University's School of Life Sciences who have been awarded a prestigious Gold Watermark for its work in bringing world-class science to the wider community. The School is the first to receive the faculty-level Gold Engage Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, demonstrating that they are a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing the work they do with the wider community and show how public engagement has built substantial momentum over several years. Read more about the School's Engage Watermark here.

Dundee Children's University

The University of Dundee is proud to be one of the founding partners of Dundee Children's University. We believe that encouraging and rewarding children’s extracurricular learning activities at a young age puts them on the right path for lifelong learning, and providing great opportunities to participate in education of this kind will bring with it great satisfaction and enjoyment for the children across the city. in January 2018 we were delighted to host the second graduation ceremony for pupils from St Paul's RC Academy.