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Continued Professional Development (CPD) & training

Continued Professional Development (CPD) and training

The NCCPE are keen to support the higher education sector by providing relevant CPD resources and training. Our courses are highly interactive and seek to engage participants to develop new thinking and new skills. Whether you're new to public engagement or a senior manager, we have something for you. All our courses are piloted and evaluated, and we consistently improve our courses based on participant feedback.

Our courses are run on an annual basis, taking place in Bristol or London. Booking for 2016 will open in the New Year. In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest for future training please contact

We also welcome requests to run these at additional times, but please note, we charge for this service. 

  • Beginners' guide to public engagement
    • This interactive workshop offers delegates the opportunity to explore the key ingredients needed to develop a high quality public engagement activity.

    • Aimed at: PhD students; ECRs
    • Date: To be announced
    • Location: London
    • Cost: £85

    • N.B. This course can be combined with 'Engaging with Communities' (to be delivered in the afternoon on the same day and in the same location) at a reduced rate of £150, including lunch. 
  • Engaging with communities
    • This workshop will provide you with an insight into the dynamics of Community University Partnerships (CUPs), and explore ways in which universities can work equitably with community partners.

      Aimed at: Researchers wishing to or already working with community based organisations and groups
      Date: To be announced
      Location: London
      Cost: £85

    • N.B. This course can be combined with 'Beginners' Guide to Public Engagement' (to be delivered in the morning on the same day and in the same location) at a reduced rate of £150, including lunch.
  • Beginners' guide to evaluation
    • This one day course takes delegates through every aspect of developing an effective evaluation plan for their public engagement activity.

      Aimed at: Staff who need to develop an evaluation plan for an activity or project, including researchers and support staff. Please note this is for people who consider themselves evaluation 'beginners'.
    • Date: 25 May 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
    • Location: Light Studio, Arnolfini, Bristol
    • Cost: £130, including lunch
  • Evaluation masterclass
    • This day course unpacks some of the complexity in evaluating your engagement work, including the challenges of measuring impact. In the morning you'll explore some of the challenges of evaluation, think about how they might be navigated, and discuss what evaluation can and can't tell you. In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to create and troubleshoot your own evaluation plans.

      Aimed at: Those with experience of evaluation, who are interested in exploring how to do it more effectively
    • Dates: 2016 dates tbc

  • Lessons from the REF
    • Booking for this course is now open: click here for further information

    • This interactive one-day session highlights key learning from NCCPE analysis of REF 2014 case studies and impact templates. Find out how public engagement fared in the REF and join us to explore what we can learn about how researchers made sense of public engagement as a route to impact. Building upon our findings, this session will open up a conversation about the ways in which the impact agenda has created a new sense of 'value' for public engagement activities – and significant financial incentives. How might we capitalise on this? How can we best frame the contribution and role of public engagement as a ‘pathway to impact’?

    • Aimed at: established and early career researchers; heads of department; staff supporting public engagement and coordinating REF/impact strategy
    • Date: 14 July 2016, 10.30-4pm (registration from 10am)
    • Location: Main Hall, Woburn House conference centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ
    • Cost: £120, including lunch
  • Training the trainer
    • We offer training the trainer sessions for our Beginners Guide to Evaluation. Trainers wishing to use this course need to participate in the full course. If you would like to participate, please get in touch with Claire ( and we may be able to add a training the trainer session as a bolt on to the course you attend.
  • Bespoke training
    • We also offer a range of training that can be tailored to your particular needs and form part of a bespoke course for your staff. Example topics include:
      ~ Impact
    • ~ Quality Engagement
    • ~ Creative Evaluation Methods
    • ~ Engagement Skills
    • ~ Excellent Events
    • ~ STEM engagement; engagement in the Humanities

    • As a guide, our charges for bespoke training sessions start at £850 (one trainer, 1-20 participants) or £1100 (two trainers, suitable for 20-40 partcipants) plus development time. Please contact Claire ( to discuss bespoke training for your organisation.
  • Public Engagement Academy
    • Are you working to enhance the quality, visibility and impact of public engagement with research? Are you responsible for developing a strategic approach to engagement with research for your department, research organisation or university? Would you like to work with others to develop your skills in this role?

    • If so the NCCPE’s Public Engagement Academy could be for you! The Academy provides a space for professional development for those working to embed high quality engagement with research in their institution, to encourage them to develop their practice, confidence and skills.
    • Applications for Academy 2016-17 are now closed. The next application cycle will open in January 2017. In the meantime, to find out more about the course and what it involves, click here.
  • Leading for Impact
    • Are you responsible for leading impact strategy for your university or research organisation? If so you will know that navigating the political landscape, balancing the real demands of funding requirements with resources available, and equipping staff to do impactful research is difficult terrain. With uncertainties about the future of the Research Excellence Framework; the concern that evidencing impact is time consuming and sometimes impossible; and pressures on time and resource – this work can be really challenging.

      Yet excellent research is often impactful research – and unlocking the potential from your research base to really make a positive difference in the world can be hugely rewarding. So how do we capture the value of all this work?

      If these are questions you are tackling, the Leading for Impact programme could be just what you are looking for. Aimed specifically at high level leaders within higher education institutions, this tailored course will inspire you to develop a research culture where impact thrives; develop effective approaches to impactful research – including partnership management, recording and evaluating impact, and skills development for key staff; and allow you to benefit from the insights of people who are leading for impact inside and outside higher education.

    • Leading for Impact will be relaunched in Autumn 2016, dates to follow.

Feedback on NCCPE training from previous participants

"I would highly reccomend it to colleagues. Thank you!"

"As with previous NCCPE training events I have been on, I found the relaxed and informal approach very enjoyable. I learned a lot."

"Excellent, will recommend to friends and colleagues interested in public engagement."

"Very helpful, informed and engaging trainer; small-group format was great"

"I've already started to apply the lessons to my work and have noticed an improvement as a result."