Maximising the impact of your public engagement needs effective evaluation – master this essential skill with expert training.
Evaluation: developing your approach
Tuesday 26 November 2019, 09.00 – 13.00
EB703 Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus
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. We will cover the ways in which evaluation can be used to generate evidence for impact.
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.
By the end of this workshop you will:
- develop an awareness of the value and importance of evaluating public engagement.
- gain familiarity with the process of evaluation and the usefulness of planning.
- consider the uses of evaluation including improving activities; sharing good practice and reporting.
- begin to explore the issues and challenges of evaluating public engagement.
- continue to develop personal and professional skills, for example in communication, planning and critical reflection.
- increase confidence in evaluating public engagement activities.
- understand how evaluation ties in to impact.
The Physiological Society are hosting a free online webinar titled “Making your research more accessible” on 2 December 2019 from 12:00-12:45. The webinar is free and open to all, but mainly aimed at researchers with a little experience of public engagement who would like to take this to the next level and/or start designing their own activities.
Science Education Consultant Sai Pathmanathan will share her 20+ years’ experience of running successful public engagement activities across STEM to offer some top tips on:
- Identifying what it is about your research that makes it exciting/relevant to public audiences
- Choosing the right audience for you
- Understanding your audience and how to tailor your message for them
- Identifying what it is you’d like to achieve and how you’ll measure this
Registration closes on Thursday 28 November 2019.
Do you work as an environmental researcher, policy advisor, or in a nature conservation role? Do you engage with members of the public or stakeholders about the environment? Are you keen to reach new audiences or discover new ways to engage with citizens on important and complex environmental issues?
DEFRA has funded an innovative programme of citizen engagement across England to improve understanding of what people value in the environment and their priorities for it.
As part of the Citizen Engagement on the Environment project, they are offering the opportunity to take part in training by public engagement professionals to develop innovative and powerful ways to engage the public in dialogue about the environment.
This training is fully subsidised, although you will have to cover travel.
- Opportunity 1: Bristol: 1-3 May 2019; Applications before 4 April 2019
- Opportunity 2: Liverpool: 7-9 May 2019; Applications before 11 April 2019
- Opportunity 3: Plymouth: end of August; Applications will open in June 2019
Former professional football player Garth Crooks will present a talk at BU on Tuesday 13 December, 3pm to 4pm.
Talent Without Borders has fascinated me all of my professional life. People like Muhammed Ali, George Best, John McEnroe and Eric Cantana are all sporting icons. As famous for their mercurial behaviour as they were for their sporting genius. Each one very different from the other but all refusing to be limited by convention. What lessons can executives learn from the dressing room and are Boardrooms missing some of the best talent?
Does difference matter and if so what are you going to do about it? If difference doesn’t matter why are we all getting so worked up about it?
Garth Crooks is a former professional football player who had a fine career playing for a number of top flight sides. These include sides such as Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Manchester United and Charlton Athletic. As well as his on pitch antics, Garth was also proudly elected as the first ever black chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association union having been an active member of it all throughout his playing career. He relinquished the role at the same time as retiring from playing in 1990.
After leaving the game behind, Garth has become a prominent football pundit and commentator. Most often working on the BBC and Saturday shows like Football Focus, plus Final Score and as a stand in on Match of the Day, Garth Crooks truly offers a real and rare insight and does so with real honesty. Garth has also been chief reporter at things like the England camp at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup, whilst during the late 1990s he was presenter of the political television show Despatch Box. For his long time dedication and services to the sport, Garth was honoured by the Queen with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. As such he is a great sporting star to have as brand ambassador, guess on a TV show, host on radio or to present an award at a sporting or charity function as well as to deliver after dinner speeches to a range of corporate, business or young audiences Garth Crooks.
Event Date: 13 December 2016
Click Here to register for this event.
Did you know that more people play disability football than rugby league in the UK?
The pinnacle of disability sport is the Paralympic Games, and Bournemouth University are pleased to announce some of the major figures in disability football are coming to Disability History month. Both the GB/England captains will be sharing their stories- Keryn Seal (Blind captain) and Jack Rutter (Cerebral Palsy captain), as well as several members of the Rio 2016 Cerebral Palsy Paralympic Football squad (James Blackwell, Liam Irons, Giles Moore, Emyle Rudder). Accompanying them will be Jeff Davis who is National Elite Development Manager for disability football at the Football Association. Jeff has also led the GB football squads at three Paralympic Games, in his role as Performance Director at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympics.
The talk is part of Disability History Month 2006 and will take place on 5 December 2016, 17:00-18:00
The Disability History Month is a result of collaboration between Bournemouth Univetsity (BU) and Students’ Union Bournemouth University (SUBU).
Look out for #bued1617 hashtag for programme and talk updates.
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We have had a wealth of interest from the BU community submitting ideas for their Festival of Learning 2015 events and would like to encourage as many of you as possible to send us your proposals before the deadline this Friday. We have been releasing a number of “What could you do” themed blog posts to inspire you to think of some creative and innovative ways of engaging the public with your research which you can take a look at here.
To find out more about the Festival of Learning and for guidance on how to submit your proposal, take a look at the help pages on the research blog.
If you experience any issues accessing the proposal form please contact Naomi Kay on 61342 or email email@example.com
Many of you have been involved in BU’s summer public engagement road show that’s been to places near and far, including our own town centre, Christchurch Food Festival, and further afield to Bestival, and Glastonbury. This year we’re taking our Festival of Learning stand to the Christmas Market for some festive fun!
From the 11th – 13th December you’ll find the public engagement team down in the Triangle supporting a range of our academic staff as they deliver activities for the public to enjoy. So far we have activities planned looking at DNA, microscopic organisms, fitness activities in the home, as well as some quick and easy psychological tests. We’d like to support as many of you as possible to share your research with the public so if you’re interested in being involved get in touch!
We’ll be running the stand 11.30am – 8pm each day and can support activities that want to run for all of that time, or if you just want to spend a few hours with us. It can be a great opportunity to trial your plans for the Festival of Learning in July and see how the public react to your research.
We’re open to ideas for activities from academics, PGRs and students. Anything interactive and eye-catching is a bonus – and don’t worry it doesn’t have to be Christmas themed! (We do of course support the wearing of Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and Reindeer antlers if that’s your style!)
If you’re interested in engaging students with your research then we are also running a series of “Science Stands” in Poole House Atrium on the 4th and 9th December. Please get in touch with Sam Squelch our Student Engagement Coordinator for further details on how to be involved.
Coming up Tuesday 2 September, The Scandal of Poverty & Child Mortality in the Western world: Are British children especially disadvantaged?
Where? Café Boscanova, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BH1 4BP
When? First Tuesday of every month 7.30-9 pm, doors open 6.30pm
What? A free event to explore and debate ideas in science and technology. Come along and get yourself a glass of wine or a coffee and enjoy learning something new!
Can it be true that British children are really worse off than in most other Western countries? These are results that UK and the USA governments would rather not talk about but this event reports the evidence (even if it might offend).
Can’t make it on the night? Did you know we make all our talks available on YouTube and you can follow us on Twitter @CafeSciBmouth
Professor Colin Pritchard, Ph.D.,MA., AAPSW; AcSS; FRSA, Research Professor in Psychiatric Social Work, School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, and, Emeritus and Visiting Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Why not attend a free one day HEA workshop on students as partners in co-creating a range of STEM outputs including educational resources, research, student learner networks and peer-coaching? A buffet lunch is included!
Content of the workshop:
In the first part of the workshop speakers from a range of UK universities will present case studies of students as partners. We will then move onto active discussion sessions where we explore advantages and challenges of establishing successful partnerships with students and together construct a framework you can use to self-assess your new ideas for co-creation/co-production of outputs with students.
Where & when?
This workshop will be held at Bournemouth University on the 16th January 2014.
Everyone is welcome, including any students you have co-created outputs with who you think would benefit from attending the workshop.
How to book my place?
To find out more information and to book your place, please do this as soon as possible by following this link.
In just over a weeks time Alice Roberts with be visiting BU to speak on the importance of public engagement. You can register for this exciting event by following this link.
When: Thursday 6th December, 3.30pm – 6pm
Where: Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus
Alice is a Professor of Public Engagement in Science for the University of Birmingham and will be giving a 30 minute talk on her views of the importance of public engagement. Following this unique opportunity you will have the chance to hear from academics responsible for some of the best examples of public engagement from BU, including Paola Palma’s work with Marine Activity Days, and a chance to view a taster of the work being done by the Seen but Seldom Heard project. There will be further opportunities in our interactive exhibition space to see more of the fascinating work being done at BU. See the exciting activities run by the AimHigher team with local schools to encourage students to go to university who may never have thought they’d be able to. Colleagues from AECC will also be present talking about the work they do with their research as well as their work with Cafe Scientifique, a monthly event run in Cafe Boscanova, Boscombe, that brings science and technology to the general public. Register now to see all this and much much more! This is a one off event and not to be missed!
3.30pm: Opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition space
4.00pm: Alice Roberts talks on the importance of Public Engagement
4.30pm: BU academics share their experiences of engagement
5.00pm: Enjoy drinks and further opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition