Research Impact Professional Development Courses

Communicating Research in Schools (Webinar)

Tutor: Jennifer Cooke (Outreach)
Course Credit: 1 credit

Learn about and practice communication techniques to help you develop talks and activities for school aged audiences. The course also covers the practical aspects of working in schools. Students who have completed this course can register to become an ‘Outreach Postgraduate Ambassador’ and receive details of opportunities available through the Outreach Office to work with schools.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify: topics within your research specialism that can excite younger audiences
  • Recognise: the benefits of working with younger audiences.
  • Practice: using appropriate language and activities to engage younger audiences.
  • Develop: understanding of the school environment and your responsibilities when visiting schools
  • Apply: your communication skills in local schools through the Outreach Office.

Please note that if you have attended training for the Reaching Further programme run by the Outreach Office, you should not attend this course, as the material overlaps.

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Evaluating Engagement (Webinar)

Tutors: Dr Amy Seakins
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This lively face-to-face workshop will enable you to assess whether your public engagement activities are successful and help you to reveal the areas that may need fine-tuning. The session will be an opportunity to identify and refine your aims for public engagement activities, what you should focus on in your evaluation, and suitable methods and approaches. You will discover the value of evaluation, and also how evaluation can be enjoyable for you and your public participants.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Develop aims and objectives for their current or future engagement activities
  • Understand why, and when, you might conduct evaluation
  • Identify the data you need to know or the evaluation questions that you need to focus on
  • Effectively select appropriate evaluation methods from a broad range of possibilities
  • Recognise the principles for conducting high-quality evaluation, that participants enjoy doing

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Public Involvement in Medical Research

Tutor: Maria Piggin & co-presenters
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. It will introduce you to the differences between involvement, engagement, and participation and set PPI in the wider research context. You will learn why PPI is important, where it can be undertaken in the research cycle, who to involve and how to evaluate its impact. The workshop will include practical tips about PPI and provide some examples of high-quality PPI activities. The workshop will be co-facilitated with a lay representative.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Define and describe the differences between “public involvement”, “public engagement” and “public participation”;
  • Explain the reasons why public involvement  in medical research is important;
  • Identify where public involvement I can be undertaken throughout the research cycle;
  • List three examples of how/where to find people to involve;
  • Explain why evaluating the impact of public involvement activities is important and suggest methods to undertake this.

This session is designed for those undertaking research which will impact patients and the public. This is usually medical research but may include other disciplines depending on the research project. If you would like to check whether this session is applicable to you, please feel free to contact us on ppi@imperial.ac.uk

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

 

Public Engagement

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 3
Course Credit: 1 credit

Engaging researchers go out of their way to involve the public with their research. They open up opportunities for others to get involved, provide new perspectives on the value of their work, and stimulate people to be curious about the world of research.  In this workshop you will learn how to design and deliver an interactive activity with a specific audience with the option to go outside and engage with the public on Exhibition Road.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain why we need to engage the public with our research
  • Identify your audiences’ expectations and challenges
  • Analyse and identify the most engaging part of your research
  • Design and employ different ways of engaging with the public
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your public engagement activities 

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year