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Time is tight and people are busy, so how do you get an audience for YOUR research? This course will help you sum up your research in a two-minute - or 250-word - "elevator pitch" profile, which you can go on to use as a blueprint for all other communication, whether it's a biography on the university homepage, a media pitch or a letter to a policymaker or collaborator. You will learn how to engage audiences from the opening sentence, what to include (and avoid), and how to think about your research goals in a clearer, simpler way. The interactive session will give you an opportunity to find out what works for you... and what doesn't.

Part of the Writing to Engage Series with Matt Warren, Deputy Editor of The Conversation (UK)

This workshop is part of the Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice SHSS Online Programme

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Wed 30 Jun 2021 12:00 [Full]
Tue 13 Jul 2021 12:00 [Places]

What does failure mean? How can we reframe our situations so that failure does not have be a negative thing and we can learn new ways of coping and being resilient.

Meet some early career academics who managed to work their way through challenging times.

Alasdair, a 3rd year doctoral student, will share how his research project was severely disrupted but he was able to turn a challenging situation around and Marta Costa and Deepak Venkateshvaran will be sharing their own failure stories and coping strategies as academics.

Please note that we are limiting the numbers for this session as we hope to develop a group that will feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts and own experiences.

Cabinet Office Policy Fellow Seminar new Fri 26 Feb 2021   12:00 Finished

Cabinet Office - Rachel Cooper, Director of Strategy

Further details to follow

Further information on these policy seminars can be found:

This seminar is part of the SHSS online PPD for PhDs Programme Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice

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The Engaged Researcher new Mon 1 Mar 2021   11:00 Finished
    • Bookings are now closed **

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect complex subjects with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Training will be provided by Dr Lucinda Spokes, Head of Public Engagement and Sarah Cruise, Eloquential

This programme will run over a week comprising: Two 1hr-1.5hr theory workshops One 1-hour showcase at the end of the week to share your work and receive valuable feedback from the rest of the group

    • You are required to attend all three sessions**

Optional 1-1 mentoring sessions

By the end of this week participants will:

• Understand how to capture and maintain attention • Identify ways in which they can motivate an audience to engage with their own research • Use dramatic tools to structure and enhance their story • Explore ways of increasing memorability through visuals, imagination, and rhetorical devices • Appreciate the importance of peripheral influences (style of writing, sound of voice, visual appearance etc) and how to ensure that they are most supportive of your story • Have created a story about their research to engage with a public audience

This training sits within Module Three of the School Online Programme