Engagement and Communication Training - University of Dundee

Here you can find a list of all Engagement and Impact training provided by Organisational and Professional Development at the University of Dundee.

Bespoke training can also delivered in collaboration with public engagement professionals at the University. If you can't find the course you're looking for please contact Jon Urch to discuss the options available. Requests for bespoke training should normally be received at least two months in advance.

External Providers

Many UK organisations offer communication or media training to the research community.

A good summary of training opportunities can also be found on National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement web site.

Public Engagement Training in the UK
OrganisationCourse TitleCourse Details
BBSRC Media Training The course is tailor-made for scientists working on BBSRC science and follows a bespoke programme created by our media office.
The Royal Society An Introduction to Public Engagement This course is for scientists with little or no experience in public engagement and is designed to give you the confidence and skills required to get started. Places are open to all researchers and are free to Royal Society grant holders. To find out more visit the Royal Society's web site.
The Royal Society Public Engagement in Practice This course is for scientists with some experience in public engagement and is designed to help you create relevant, meaningful and effective engagement. Places are open to all researchers and are free to Royal Society grant holders. To find out more visit the Royal Society's web site.
The Royal Society Engaging with Schools A one-day course for scientists with some experience in public engagement and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to deliver engagement activities in schools. Places are open to all researchers and are free to Royal Society grant holders. To find out more visit the Royal Society's web site.
The Royal Society Media Skills Training This one-day course develops skills in working with television, radio, newspapers and other media. Places are open to all researchers and are free to Royal Society grant holders. To find out more visit the Royal Society's web site.
Royal Society of Edinburgh and SFC Scottish Crucible The scheme enables 30 talented researchers from a variety of disciplines to come together to explore and expand their creative capacity and problem solving potential. Visit the Scottish Crucible web site to find out more.
University of the West of England Science Communication Masterclass UWE's Science Communication Masterclass is an intensive course created to provide professional development in science communication. The 3-day course usually takes place in November each year. Visit the University of the West of England Science Communication Unit web site to find out more.
Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Masterclass The Wellcome Trust run an annual Public Engagement Masterclass in partnership with the WellcomeGenome Campus.

This is for new principal investigators and other mid-career researchers from all disciplines.

 

Media Fellowships

The AHRC runs a Knowledge Transfer Fellowship scheme. Knowledge Transfer Fellows may work either on their own or as part of an academic team and bring tangible benefits to non-academic organisations through a process of knowledge exchange. These benefits may be economic, social or cultural in nature.

Wellcome offer Science Media Studentships with financial support for PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School.

Other research councils and organisations also run their own media fellowships;

If you are a researcher working in a science area then the British Science Association has a good summary of media training and fellowships for scientists on its own web site.

 

Policy Fellowships

Learning how political organisations and government institutions will help you understand how to transition your research in to policy.

The Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme is managed and hosted by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). The Fellowships allow academics to work on projects with the Parliament to scrutinise legislation and for researchers to engage with the Parliament, its clerks and researchers.

Each year 30 research scientists are paired with Westminster MPs and civil servants. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s institutions. Find out more about the Royal Society's Pairing Scheme.