Being Human: Free Public Engagement Training Day

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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Being Human Festival

Free public engagement training day

Location: University of Sheffield

The Being Human festival is committed to providing high quality opportunities for non-academic audiences to engage with the humanities. This year, we have teamed up with the Being Human Festival to offer some free training in how to engage the public with humanities research.

The training  will offer an opportunity to network and share ideas about Being Human programming, whilst also getting a masterclass in engaging the public.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but attendees will be asked to make their own lunch arrangements.

Event aims

  • To support the development of high quality public engagement events for Being Human2015
  • To stimulate ideas for public engagement with research that is mutually beneficial
  • The event will be facilitated by Sophie Duncan and Claire Wood from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The day will be interactive, with a mix of short presentations, small group discussions and group exercises.





Coffee and registration


Welcome and introductions



Introduction to the Being Human Festival

Michael Eades will introduce the Being Human Festival and explore how you could be involved.


Developing high quality engagement

This session will consider the hallmarks of quality engagement, and how to ensure that you develop effective projects.



Thinking about participants and audiences

Who do you engage with and why? This session takes a look at developing deeper understandings of your potential participants.



Evaluation – when, what and how?

Want to know if your activity is fit for purpose? Want to explore whether people found it accessible or relevant? Keen to demonstrate impact? This session is a whistle stop tour of developing an evaluation approach.



Over lunch you will have the opportunity to discuss ideas or questions you have about public engagement and the Being Human festival with representatives from the team.



Developing your ideas for the Festival of the Humanities

This session will provide an opportunity to further develop your plans for the Being Human Festival and get feedback on your ideas from other delegates.Do bring your ideas for public engagement activities you would like to develop.


Tea and coffee


Producing Brilliant Events

Festivals provide a great way of engaging with people – but how can you ensure your event is produced well. What are the key things to avoid if you want to make an event wonderful for your target audiences?


Closing remarks and next steps