If you are starting your public engagement activities, or stating to work with new groups of people then it is likely you and your project would benefit from some communication or engagement training. Training helps you acquire new skills and gives you more confidence to step out of your research office, studio or lab to inspire people.

Communication and media training will benefit researchers who are familiar with public engagement activities. It can enhance their experiences and is especially valuable when planning work with new audiences or in a different format.


Revealing Research has developed its own communication workshops and engagement activities in collaboration with Organisational and Professional Development (OPD). Public Engagement training is part of the Researcher Development Framework developed by Vitae, and is found in the Engagement and Impact (D3) category of training. Here is a list of all of OPD's Engagement and Impact (D3) training and workshops.

The Researcher Development Framework in the UK, highlighting the Engagement and Impact category (D3)developed by Vitae.

Our courses are free and open to all research students and staff. They are designed for researchers with different levels of public engagement experience.

Visit our Public Engagement Training page for more information on engagement training organised by external providers, media fellowships and policy fellowships.

To find out more about our courses - please contact us at revealingresearch@dundee.ac.uk 

Upcoming training

Wow! Why? Aha! Communicating Complexity - Tuesday 19th 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.

Finding Humour in your Research training - Monday 25th March 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 25th March 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 us at engage@dundee.ac.uk

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.


Careers and Job Opportunities

For most researchers public engagement is a way of informing and enhancing their academic research. However, for some early career researchers public engagement opens up a wide range of alternative career options.

If you are a researcher considering a career in public engagement you should visit our Public Engagement Training section. Building experience in this area will help you decide if this change in direction is right for you.

Direct public engagement experience will also improve your chances of finding work in this competitive field. A PhD in a related subject can help you stand out ahead of other candidates, in tandem with your public engagement skills and experience.

If you want to find out more about jobs in public engagement and outreach please go to our Public Engagement Careers page.