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Public Engagement at Manchester

Training opportunities

We offer a host of training and development sessions for staff and students - these are available to book via the Training Catalogue.

Title Outline
Getting started with public engagement This half-day workshop is designed for researchers who are new to or who have limited experience of public engagement and want to build up their skills, so that their public engagement is more effective.
Beginner’s guide to evaluating public engagement This interactive back-to-basics workshop will encourage you to think about why evaluation of engagement is important; look at ways to get started; explore different techniques you can use; and consider what your findings can tell you.
Masterclass in evaluating public engagement This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own practice, and consider how to maximise the value of evaluating your engagement activities.
Engaging with schools This interactive workshop is for researchers from any discipline who are interested in communicating their research to a secondary schools audience. It explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools.
Science communication training This session will help you to prepare and test out your lay summary which will form an important element of your future grant applications, ethics applications and are increasingly being requested by research journals to increase the accessibility of research
Lay abstracts with impact This session will help you to prepare and test out your lay summary which will form an important element of your future grant applications, ethics applications and are increasingly being requested by research journals to increase the accessibility of research.
Introduction to public & patient involvement This half-day workshop has been designed for researchers who are new to, or have some experience with public and patient involvement (PPI). This interactive workshop will give you an understanding of the current NHS policy/ health & social care research landscape and where PPI fits within that as well as providing practical advice for developing your PPI strategy.
Masterclass: Communication skills in public and patient involvement (PPI) This workshop has been designed for researchers who would like to improve their communication skills for the purposes of involving the public in research and will use a combination of presentations, discussions and activities to help you to feel confident in communicating with the public when doing patient and public involvement work. This workshop is for individuals with some experience of public involvement.
Masterclass: Setting up a PPI group This masterclass has been designed for academics and researchers who are planning to set up a patient and public involvement group either for the purposes of a research study or to support a research theme/centre/organisation. Attendees should have some experience of PPI or have attended the introduction to PPI workshop.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) training Being able to describe what you do and why it is an essential skill for any researcher. This workshop will help you take your communication to the next level. We will show you how to turn your research into the most interesting, engaging and memorable presentation possible. Discover the hints and tips that will make your talk stand out from the crowd and how to banish nerves to give a confident performance.
Academic blogging for content and dissemination In this workshop, you will learn about a specific type of academic blogging that focuses on content and dissemination. This type of blogging is a practical and efficient tool to disseminate research, develop new writing skills, raise your academic profile and have an impact on society.
Research blogging The workshop will provide you with a structured approach to planning, writing and curating content for a research blog.
Making the most out of social media This workshop deconstructs the various ways one can engage social media and use it to your advantage. Focussing particularly on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter we will cover: examples of effective social media profiles; pros and cons of having a social media presence; some does and don’ts! as well as hints, tips and techniques to manage a successful media presence and identify opportunities to develop your research career.
Altmetrics to measure non-academic impact Find out how demonstrate the impact your research is having beyond traditional academia. The emerging area of altmetrics offers new and powerful ways to track and report on the online attention of research.
Impact for researchers Understanding the impact agenda can help develop robust responses to these requirements and justify additional funding to support impact generation.

Advice Surgeries

If you are looking to design a public engagement activity, submit a grant, evaluate your activities or thinking about a career in public engagement then you can meet up with our team in Social Responsibility for a 1:1 advice surgery. To set up a session, emai: engagement@manchester.ac.uk

Knowledge Exchange Programme

Our programme is designed for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to support you in engaging with external partners, create impact with your research and develop skills and networks that can boost your professional development and employability both inside and outside academia.

Public Engagement Champions

This initiative aims to empower and develop staff and students to help shape and deliver the University’s public engagement vision. The scheme looks for people who are passionate about their own engagement and committed to promoting, facilitating and fostering the high quality public engagement practice of others within their local areas. Champions are provided with bespoke engagement professional development and coaching opportunities.


A programme of talks, workshops and events running throughout the academic year which explore approaches to arts research, research methods and the dissemination of arts and languages research at the University and beyond.

New Academic and Fellows Programme

This programme, has been designed to help you flourish at the University by providing the support and training you need to get off to the best start in your academic post. Sessions related to engagement and impact include - social responsibility, media engagement, public engaement, reseach and social impact and knowledge exchange.

Public Contributors

We have developed a programme of induction and learning opportunities and a PPIE toolkit to aid Public Contributors with their involvement and engagemen in our research and teaching. Public Contributors can also access our library to use the services and take part in our annual PPIE Celebration event.