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Engaging with schools

This course is for scientists with prior experience in public engagement and is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver successful engagement activities in schools.

Applying for this scheme

This course is designed for early-mid career scientists who are embarking on independent research careers (approx. 2 – 10 years post-PhD).

The next course will take place on 21 March 2019 at the Royal Society in London.

See below for course fees.

Register for this course

This course will enable you to develop inspiring and relevant engagement activities for schools, designed to maximise the benefits of working with a school and provide you with practical skills and approaches. 

Designed with early-mid career researchers in mind, the course includes sessions on understanding the school environment, exploring teacher and pupil expectations, considering learning methodologies and practical tips for pitching, designing and delivering engaging activities in schools. 

This course offers you the opportunity to share experiences and learning with like-minded scientists, to explore approaches for engaging more effectively with schools and young people, and to reflect on your own activities and aspirations for working with schools.

This course will be delivered in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity based approaches. 

As part of the training, you will have the opportunity to discuss your engagement work in a surgery session with the course providers and staff from the Society, as well as being linked to specific opportunities for engaging with schools.

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Fee and bursaries

This course fee is £150 + VAT

The course fee and travel expenses are covered for Royal Society fellowship holders, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship and Industry Fellowship. 

About the tutors

This course is delivered by Dr Ceri Harrop and Dee-Ann Johnson. Ceri is a freelance public engagement professional currently working with The Francis Crick Institute and The University of Manchester. Ceri has a strong track record of supporting scientists to engage the public in their work. Dee-Ann is a communications and training professional working at The University of Manchester and runs a training consultancy. Dee-Ann delivers training in public engagement, communication, leadership and project management and is also an accredited executive coach. Together, Ceri and Dee-Ann bring over 22 years of combined experience and have co-designed and delivered training for the RCUK’s Schools-Universities Partnership Initiative. 

Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 3 weeks before the course, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 3 weeks of the course, you will not receive a refund.

Further training

If you’re just starting out in public engagement, or would like to work with non-school audiences, try our Introduction to public engagement or Public engagement practice courses.

Please contact us with any questions.

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