Internal Training

The PE Team designs, organises and delivers training sessions and workshops throughout the year.

We value interdisciplinarity and the learning that can come from mixing different interests, expertise and perspectives. For this reason, our training opportunities are open to researchers and professional service staff from across all Colleges.

Getting Started in Public Engagement – Designed for those new to public engagement this in session, which is presented online and in in-person formats, focuses on simple, practical information to get started in engaging different audiences with your own research. The training is open to University of Birmingham staff and students and when in person will be delivered at an on-campus venue.

Aims of training:

  • Participants understand the benefits of PE to them, their research and to the public
  • Participants gain an awareness of audience types and their needs
  • Participants experience developing messaging for their research
  • Participants gain and increased understanding of activity planning process
  • Participants network with other engaged researchers and supportive public engagement professionals

Upcoming dates and details of how to register:

Wednesday 9th November 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – register for this in person session here.

Wednesday 14th December  2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – register for this online session here.

Wednesday 18th January 2023, 14:00 – 15:30 – register for this in person session here.

Grants and Public Engagement, online training session – Designed for those applying for money to fund public engagement activity. The session is designed to provide the knowledge required to incorporate PE into grant applications and how to source PE specific funding. The sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

Aims of training:

  • Participants understand the benefits of PE to them, their research and to the public.
  • Participants understand the different ways PE activity can be funded.
  • Participants understand how to include PE activity within research grants.
  • Participants are aware of reporting and evaluation expectations for funded projects.

Upcoming dates and details of how to register:

Tuesday 15th November 2022, 12:00 – 13:00 – register for this online session here.

Tuesday 13th December, 12:00 – 13:00 – register for this online session here.

Wednesday 18th January, 12:00 – 13:00 – register for this online session here.

Specialist skills training sessions:

Research Storytelling Training

Wednesday 19th October 2022, 12:00 – 16:00

Delivered at an on-campus Venue

Join professional storyteller Anna Conomos-Wedlock to explore how to use storytelling to maximise the communication of your research.

This practical training session will take place on campus and will provide you with time to reflect on your own research story and develop new techniques to engaging the public.

More information about Anna’s experience can be found on her website.

Register for this event here.

Creating Engaging and Accessible Experiences for the Public

Wednesday 16th November, 14:00 – 16:00

This session will be delivered at The Exchange, Centenary Square.

This training session, led by the team behind Birmingham based theatre company Little Earthquake, will provide you with an insight into how to understand your public audience and how to develop engaging and accessible experiences for them.

The session will take place at the University of Birmingham’s city centre venue, The Exchange and will provide participants with tips and advice on how to take into consideration the lived experience of the audience in the design and creation of public engagement activity.

Register for this event here.

Upcoming drop-in Forums – We also offer monthly Breakfast Brainstorm drop-in support.

Ad-hoc and Bespoke Training – PE Team have also delivered a range of other sessions and/or can bring in external experts where there is sufficient demand. Let us know if you require other types of training not currently listed here and we will endeavour to help, though we do require a minimum of 10 attendees.