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Booking information

Trainer: Societal engagement team

Cost: Internal - no charge; External - not available. This course is available to Imperial staff only.


  • Exploring Engagement: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Planning and Evaluating Engagement: 1 hour 45 mins

Dates and venue information:

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10-1.30pm, South Kensington 
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019, 10-1.30pm, South Kensington
  • Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10-1.30pm, Hammersmith 

If you have any questions, please contact the Societal Engagement team.

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Our two core masterclasses are designed to be taken together to expand your understanding of public engagement before progressing to our advanced masterclasses. Masterclass number 3, Engagement Communication Skills, also takes place on the same day for you to build on your learnings and put them into practice. 

Exploring Engagement

About the session

 This is session 1  of 6 masterclasses.

This masterclass 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.

Key areas covered

  • An opportunity to reflect on your own public engagement experiences
  • Find out why our major funders think public engagement is so important
  • Explore the approaches that lead to good quality public engagement
  • Discover new public engagement opportunities at Imperial and beyond

Planning and Evaluating Engagement

About the session

This is session 2 of 6 masterclasses.

This masterclass will highlight the value of evaluation, enabling you to assess your public engagement activities and revealing the areas that may need fine-tuning. You will develop aims and objectives, explore the principles of high-quality evaluation and choose your own methods.

Key areas covered

  • Developing aims and objectives for engagement activities
  • Why, and when, you might conduct evaluation
  • How to identify the data you need to know or the evaluation questions that you need to focus on.
  • Choosing your evaluation methods
  • Principles for conducting high-quality evaluation, that your participants enjoy doing!


Who is it for?

These two masterclasses are aimed at any Imperial staff member keen to:

  • Explore the potential of public engagement to enhance research impact
  • Understand the wider agenda around public engagement in universities
  • Discover new ideas for planning engagement activities
  • Identify a new approach to evaluation for future public engagement activities

This course is not aimed at experienced engagement practitioners.

*Please note that engagement activities that may support teaching and learning practice can be used to support an application for HEA fellowship via Imperial’s STAR framework.

Dates and times

  • Autumn term: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10-1.30pm, South Kensington 
  • Spring term: Wednesday 6 March 2019, 10-1.30pm, South Kensington 
  • Summer term: Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10-1.30pm, Hammersmith 

How to book your place

This course is free, but please see the terms and conditions of booking on the Qualtrics form. Places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis with a waiting list.

If you have any queries please email