masterclasses

What is public engagement, why is it important, and how do you know if your public engagement activities are successful? Our new masterclasses will help you build on your public engagement goals to deliver enjoyable and meaningful activities for you and your participants.

The Societal Engagement team will offer six masterclasses to cater for a range of engagement experience:

  • Two core masterclasses – for staff members with no prior experience of public engagement looking to expand their understanding of public engagement.
  • Four optional masterclasses – for staff to build on the context and background of the core masterclasses to broaden their skills and put their learnings into practice

About the Masterclasses

Core Masterclasses 1 and 2: Exploring Engagement and Planning and Evaluating Engagement

Our two core masterclasses are planned as a joint session. Exploring Engagement will provide an opportunity to find out why engagement is so important for major funders, explore approaches and discover opportunities for public engagement at Imperial and beyond. Planning and Evaluating Engagement will enable you to assess whether your public engagement activities are successful and help you to reveal the areas that may need fine-tuning. You will discover the value of evaluation, but also how evaluation can be enjoyable for you and your public participants

Masterclass 3: Engagement Communication Skills

This practical masterclass will allow you to build on your learnings from the core masterclasses by putting your ideas into practice. This skills-focused session will look at key communication, presentation and messaging skills and help you to tailor engagement to different audiences or contexts. 

Masterclass 4: Engagement Ideas

If you would like to develop your ideas for a public engagement event or activity, come along to our masterclass and get inspired! This masterclass will explore creative approaches, problem-solving and ideas generation to help participants develop public engagement activities or events. 

Masterclass 5: Engagement with Controversial Research

If you would like to build your confidence in sharing controversial science this masterclass will highlight the importance of evidence in engagement and share tactics for demonstrating how your science works. Experience examples of questions you may be asked and practice responses in a supportive environment so you are ready to face opposition arguments. 

Masterclass 6: Engagement as a Pathway to Research Impact

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Structure

You are required to complete the core masterclasses (sessions 1 and 2) before joining any of our optional masterclasses (sessions 3-6). If you have some experience of delivering public engagement e.g. attended the event briefings for the Imperial Festival or Lates you may start on session 2.

The six masterclasses will be held once per term in the Autumn, Spring and Summer with sessions 1 to 3 held on one day allowing you to complete them all together.

Our masterclasses are free but space is limited, please sign up to each masterclass individually.

Masterclass dates

Autumn Term

  • Wednesday 14 Nov 2018

Core Masterclass 1: Exploring Engagement - 10-11.30am
Core Masterclass 2: Planning and Evaluating Engagement - 11.45-1.30pm
Masterclass 3: Engagement Communication Skills -  2.30-5pm

  • Thursday 11 Oct 2018

Masterclass 4: Engagement Ideas - 1.30-4pm 

  • Monday 26 Nov 2018

Masterclass 5: Engagement with Controversial Research - 2-4pm

  • Monday 3 Dec 2018

Masterclass 6: Engagement as a Pathway to Research Impact - 2-4pm

 

Spring Term

  • Wednesday 6 March 2019

Core Masterclass 1: Exploring Engagement - 10-11.30am
Core Masterclass 2: Planning and Evaluating Engagement - 11.45-1.30pm
Masterclass 3: Engagement Communication Skills - 2.30-5pm

  • Tuesday 12 March 2019

Masterclass 4: Engagement Ideas - 1.30-4pm

  • Thursday 14 March 2019

Masterclass 5: Engagement with Controversial Research - 2-4pm

  • Tuesday 19 March 2019

Masterclass 6: Engagement as a Pathway to Research Impact - 2-4pm

 

Summer Term

  • Tuesday 21 May 2019

Core Masterclass 1: Exploring Engagement - 10-11.30am
Core Masterclass 2: Planning and Evaluating Engagement - 11.45-1.30pm
Masterclass 3: Engagement Communication Skills - 2.30-5pm

  • Monday 3 June 2019

Masterclass 4: Engagement Ideas - 2-4.30pm

  • Monday 10 June 2019

Masterclass 5: Engagement with Controversial Research - 10-12am

  • Wednesday 10 July 2019

Masterclass 6: Engagement as a Pathway to Research Impact - 2-4pm