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Would you like to share your research more widely?

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement and educational outreach for postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics at the University of Cambridge.

The course takes participants through the steps involved in planning, organising and delivering an interactive public engagement activity. By ‘public engagement’ or ‘outreach’, we mean engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline. This might include school pupils, older people’s groups, youth clubs and the general public (it does not include other academics). You might engage people through, for example, workshops, discussions, hands-on demonstrations or re-enactments. We are particularly keen for participants to offer unusual, engaging activities rather than straight-forward talks.

This multi-disciplinary course consists of five half-day sessions, attendance at all sessions is required. Completion of the course counts as transferrable skills training. There is no charge for participants.
Sessions cover:

  •     Introduction to public engagement
  •     Creating innovative interactive and hands-on activities for public Festivals
  •     Communication skills and creating engaging content
  •     Essential event co-ordination; marketing, health & safety, event evaluation

Within the University calendar there are many opportunities to get involved in public engagement; Festivals, Museums and school events, media opportunities and more.

Course 1: Rising Stars public engagement course for all disciplines

Applications are now open. Please complete our application form
The closing date for applications is Monday 24 October 2016

Session dates Time
Tuesday 8 November 2016 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 22 November 2016 11.30am-2pm
Tuesday 6 December 2016 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 17 January 2017 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 28 March 2017 4.30pm-6pm

Any queries, please email: 

Course 2: Rising Stars public engagement course for arts, humanities and social sciences 

Applications are now closed.

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 10:00 to 18:00