Training

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) offers a range of training opportunities to support the development of high quality engagement work.

Whether you are a researcher, engagement professional or senior leader, we have something for you.

We focus on working with institutions and organisations to deliver on-site training for groups of up to 40. Please complete this form to make an enquiry and we'll be in touch to discuss your training needs in more detail.

From time to time we may also offer open courses, subject to demand. Join our mailing list to keep up-to-date.

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Our courses

We offer eight 'off-the-shelf' training courses:

High Quality Public Engagement

Length: full day

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to examine a series of frameworks and tools that can be used to develop high quality public engagement. In applying these tools - through case studies, activities and discussions - delegates will develop a more strategic approach to their public engagement practice.

Target participants

People with experience of public engagement with research (for example: people who are experienced in one type of public engagement, people who have tried lots of different types, people who have done engagement in other contexts) looking to take stock and develop a more strategic approach to their public engagement.

Learning objectives

  • Explore frameworks and concepts that deepen thinking about People, Purpose and Process
  • Apply those explorations to your own work
  • Consider how to take the concepts into their own work in the future

Enhancing impact case studies for REF 2021: public engagement

Length: half day

An opportunity for participants to work on their own case study in a facilitated environment, with guidance, paired feedback, group thinking and specialist knowledge provided by the NCCPE. 

Target participants

  • University Professional Services Staff: Impact facilitators; REF staff; PER Facilitators and PEPs and Communications staff responsible for writing REF Impact Case Studies
  • Academics that are creating Impact Case Studies with a public engagement focus; or those that have a key role for REF at their institution (for example University, Faculty and Departmental REF leads and Impact Champions).

Learning objectives

  • To provide guidance, frameworks and tips for participants to strengthen their public engagement impact cases studies
  • To share the learning from the NCCPE regarding best practice in public engagement impact case studies, and reflections on REF 2014 and REF 2021
  • To enhance participants’ understanding of impacts arising from public engagement and how they can be evidenced
  • To provide focused time-out and feedback for participants to identify gaps and weaknesses in their case studies and develop a plan for improvement

Evaluation: developing your approach

Length: full day

This interactive course will encourage you to think about why evaluation is important, look at ways to get started, explore different techniques you can use, and consider what your findings can tell you and your organisation or funder. With an emphasis on how to conduct evaluation, join us for a programme of practical activities and discussion as together we demystify evaluation and find the fun in revealing and identifying your effectiveness.

Target participants

The course is aimed at academics and researchers, early career researchers, professional support staff, knowledge exchange and impact officers and community/public partners. 

Learning objectives

  • To develop an awareness of the value and importance of evaluating public engagement.
  • To gain familiarity with the process of evaluation and the usefulness of planning.
  • To consider the uses of evaluation including improving activities; sharing good practice and reporting.
  • To begin to explore the issues and challenges of evaluating public engagement.
  • To continue to develop personal and professional skills, for example in communication, planning and critical reflection.
  • To increase confidence in evaluating public engagement activities.

Working in partnership - for researchers

Length: half day

Partnerships are a key part of the engagement landscape and can take many forms. Whilst working in effective partnerships can bring many benefits to both parties, such as increased perspective, higher quality and relevant research, how do you get started? And how do you ensure that the partnerships you develop are effective for all involved?  

Target participants

Any researchers interested in developing mutually beneficial partnerships

Learning objectives

  • To understand the value of partnerships, and when they are the right approach for your work 
  • To develop skills to deliver mutually beneficial partnerships from setting the foundations, to manage endings well 
  • To understand potential challenges to working in partnership, and how these might be addressed 
  • To identify potential partners and know how to approach 
  • To explore the different types of partnerships that you can develop, from informal relationships to long term approaches 

Working in partnership - for public engagement professionals

Length: full day

Partnerships are a key part of the engagement landscape and can take many forms. Whilst working in effective partnerships can bring many benefits to both parties, such as increased perspective, higher quality and relevant research, how do you get started? And how do you ensure that the partnerships you develop are effective for all involved?  

Target participants

Public engagement professionals interested developing their own mutually beneficial partnerships and supporting researchers in their partnerships.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the value of partnerships, and when they are the right approach for your work 
  • To develop skills to deliver mutually beneficial partnerships from setting the foundations, to manage endings well 
  • To understand potential challenges to working in partnership, and how these might be addressed 
  • To identify potential partners and know how to approach 
  • To explore the different types of partnerships that you can develop, from informal relationships to long term approaches 
  • To develop the skills to support researchers to understand if and how to develop partnerships 
  • To utilise a range of tools to help support researchers to develop mutually beneficial partnerships

Introduction to community engagement

Length: half day

This session provides an introduction and overview of what’s involved when working in mutually beneficial research partnerships with communities. It sets out to help you decide if it’s the favoured approach for you and your community partners.  

Target participants

Those working in universities who want to know about community engagement and are interested in the potential of applying a community engaged research approach.

Learning objectives

  • Consider your knowledge and understanding of community engagement and community engaged research
  • Explore the continuum of collaborative research with communities
  • Think about what helps to build strong community engagement and enhance your skills by experimenting with these ideas
  • Reflect on how community engagement relates to your own work and roles. 

Community engaged research

Length: full day

This one-day workshop is aimed at those actively involved in research with communities. It provides an opportunity to reflect and critique on your practice within the wider context of Community Engaged Research (CER), with others keen to develop their approach further.

Target participants

For university staff with direct experience of working in partnership with communities to conduct mutually beneficial research.        

Learning objectives

  • Increase your understanding of the wider context of community engaged research
  • Enhance your skills to reflect and critique your community engaged research practice
  • Explore your community engaged research challenges, network and learn from others doing CER
  • Gain support to create a plan to progress your community engaged research practice further.    

Engaging the public with controversial areas of research 

Length: half day 

This course aims: 

  • To develop confidence, skills and knowledge in engaging the public with controversial areas of research
  • To mobilise the research community to engage the public with controversial areas around their work
  • For researchers to understand that engagement when done well is a mutually beneficial activity
  • To motivate participants to engage the public with their research including controversial aspects of their work

Target participants: 

Researchers interested in exploring the skills to engage the public with controversial areas of research. 

Learning objectives: 

Participants will have the opportunity to

  • explore factors that make a subject controversial and understand where controversy comes from

Participants will develop skills and knowledge to

  • Assess controversy in their own research
  • engage the public with their research
  • navigate controversy effectively when engaging the public.
  • better understand the values of those they are engaging with and how this relates to developing effective engagement practice
  • understand engagement as a key part of responsible research

Why train with us?

  • Tried and tested training - our training has been developed through an extensive process of piloting and evaluation to ensure that it meets the needs of participants
  • Knowledge and experience - as the national centre, the NCCPE draws upon a breadth and depth of prior experience, and works with a group of associate trainers with extensive experience and expertise across the spectrum of public engagement 
  • Networks, connections, and resources - our place within the public engagement with research landscape is unique; as such we are well-placed to signpost delegates to a range of networks, both local and national, and draw upon our connections with funders and policy makers to ensure that our training speaks to current agendas

Our training team

We work with a group of highly experienced trainers and public engagement experts who, together with our in-house training team, deliver our training courses across the UK.

Find out more about our training team. 

Typical costs

 Group size 1-20Group size 21-40Development time*
Full day£950£1600£350
Half day£600£950£200

* adapts the course specifically to your context/setting

Please note that once we understand your requirements we will send a full proposal outlining options, and costs to enable us to best cater for your needs. Travel and accomodation (where necessary) will also be included at cost.

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