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This workshop introduces how to design an effective impact evaluation.

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

The Engaged Researcher: Media training new Fri 7 Jun 2019   10:00 Finished

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews

The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Seminar new Tue 5 Feb 2019   12:30 Finished

Come to this Public Engagement Seminar to hear about an inspirational patient and public involvement (PPI) project from one of your colleagues in the University, Dr Anna Spathis. The PPI project won a prize at the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's public engagement with research awards.

This is also an opportunity to network with others interested in Public Engagement and to talk to a member of the Public Engagement Team.

Why not bring your lunch with you?

This 2 hour workshop will discuss "why does research matter and how do we share it?"

This workshop provides top tips and guidance on developing an impact evaluation survey that is robust. This will include helping participants identify and avoid common pitfalls in impact evaluation questionnaire design, as well as accounting for key issues such as representative sampling. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own survey questions with feedback and support during the workshop.

The Engaged Researcher: Research Video: Social Media new Tue 26 Feb 2019   09:30 Finished

Everyone is watching video on Social Media these days. So it is a great place to share your research. Learn about the best ways to create & upload video for, as well as go live on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You just need yourself, a smartphone and your enthusiasm!

The Engaged Researcher: Shooting Your Research Video new Tue 13 Nov 2018   09:30 Finished

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Tue 30 Apr 2019   09:30 Finished

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

Stories weave together fact and emotion, helping people to understand the world. They can also be a powerful tool for you to share your research with the public.

This whole day workshop run by the internationally acclaimed Story Collider, will help you to understand how narrative can enrich your science engagement. Through a combination of creative techniques and empirical science, you will brainstorm, develop and refine your own research stories.

Understanding Open Data new Tue 28 Apr 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

Conclusions without supporting data are just claims. More and more researchers are sharing their data to improve reproducibility, get more citations and spark collaborations, yet the process can be daunting. We will explore the benefits of sharing data, as well as any concerns you might have, and give you practical tips and tools to ensure that you make the most of the opportunity to open up your data for the world.

Using Rhetoric to Improve the Impact of Communication new Tue 14 Apr 2015   09:30 Finished

Rhetoric is the language that we use to enhance the impact of what we say. It can be applied in all instances when we communicate, including scientific writing and oral presentations.

This one-day workshop will be looking at the theories and skills of rhetoric, with opportunities to analyse, experiment with and experience their impact on communication. Focussing on writing and oral presentations, this workshop will look at the broad application of rhetoric from the principles of Aristotle, through to their contemporary use by figures such as Barack Obama. After learning about some tools and techniques, participants will look at examples and case studies, and apply them to examples of their own writing and oral presentation with group peer review and feedback.

Details of Information covered:- • Aristotle and Rhetoric (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) • The Canons of Rhetoric (Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, Delivery) • Tricks and strategies (repetition, power of 3 etc) • Looking in detail at 4 different speeches and what makes them successful (Ken Robinson, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, and a TED talk of a Biochemist)

This evening seminar will focus on what it takes to be a good leader and team manager in a research group – from recruiting the right people, through communication skills, building professional relationships and motivating others, to problem and conflict resolution. Researchers at different stages of their career will share their own experiences and Sharon Saunders will describe training available for University members as well as sharing preliminary findings of what advice new group leaders give to postdocs. The questions and discussions will be followed by a drinks reception, providing the opportunity for ongoing discussion with the speakers and attendees.

Working Across Cultures new Fri 29 Sep 2017   09:30 Finished

Working Across Cultures: A Practical Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Have you considered how culture may be influencing your professional relationships and interactions? Do you know which factors to consider when dealing with other nationalities? Are you using to your advantage what you may have already noticed or experienced? The workplace today is truly international in composition and intercultural competency is an invaluable and positive addition to your skill set.

This half day session is an introduction to the field of intercultural communication with an emphasis on practical application and developing self-awareness. It is a fun, engaging, relevant topic that will enable you to work more confidently and effectively with any nationality. You will become familiar with key variations across national cultures, so that you can recognise if/when and why cross-cultural misunderstandings are occurring, as well how to be more flexible in your approach.

You can expect a mixture of trainer-led content, as well as interactive exercises in pairs and small groups

Writing and Publishing a Research Paper new Tue 27 Sep 2016   10:00 Finished

This day workshop will help you publish your research paper in the most effective way, so that many people will read, cite and build on it, thus progressing your career. The course is for PhD students and postdocs at any stage, whether or not you have already written or published a paper. It focuses on how to write your research paper, how to navigate the peer review process and how to choose a journal for it.


Anna Sharman PhD is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant. She can give insider insights into how to write and publish scientific journal papers most effectively.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy

Due to high demand the GSLS will not accept cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the course. Cancellations must be registered by 10am on Sunday 25th September. Any cancellations after this point will be treated as non-attendance.

Non-attendance on this course will result in you being invoiced for £50 to cover expenses.

By booking on this course you are accepting these terms.

Writing and publishing a research paper new Wed 20 May 2015   10:00 Finished

The course will help you understand what scientific journals want, how to navigate the peer review process, how to choose the journal that will give you the best results as fast as possible, and how to structure and write your paper. You will get a chance to work on your own next paper, putting together key sentences into a structure and abstract.

Anna Sharman is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant, can give insider insights into how to publish most effectively. See

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