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Leadership for outreach and public engagement

A 12-month leadership training course for research and teaching staff in physics and STFC-funded research groups. Funded by The Ogden Trust and STFC

  • Are you passionate about involving more people in research, celebrating science, and inspiring the next generation of researchers?
  • Are you championing outreach and public engagement within your department?
  • Are you enabling others to deliver high-quality activities and programmes?
  • Have you been asked to write an outreach / public engagement strategy for your department? Would you like to develop one?

If this is you and you would benefit from some professional development through access to experts and others in similar situations, then read on to see if the Outreach and Public Engagement Leadership programme is for you.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 21 June 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 19 July 2024.

Feedback collected from previous participants highlights:

“I’ve changed my way of thinking in various aspects of my work and propelled forward multiple steps (some I’ve been trying to achieve for years!). I also feel a lot more confident in my expertise and the work I do”

 “I feel more reassured in what I do and have made some changes in what I do as a result of conversations during this programme. I think this is making a positive impact on the way others around me buy into what I do”

 “The programme was incredibly useful – hearing about the challenges that others face in various roles also helped make me feel not alone!”

The programme is specifically for research and teaching staff in physics departments or groups and STFC-funded research groups.  Users of STFC Funded Facilities and staff within those facilities with responsibility for outreach and public engagement are also eligible.

The Programme

The programme is for academic and teaching staff with an interest in taking a more strategic approach to outreach and public engagement. Taking a participant-led approach, the programme aims to build your confidence and skills in advocating for outreach and public engagement at a senior level, influencing others at different levels and in a range of job families across the organisation, and ensuring that your activities are sustainable.

Through the programme, you will be supported in developing a strategy for you or your department, connecting with peers at other institutions to learn how others are leading these activities, and honing your leadership skills for current or future roles.

The programme consists of the following elements:

  • Bespoke advice through one-on-one mentoring with one of our experienced mentors.
  • Facilitated online workshops which introduce core material.
  • Peer group support and networking opportunities to learn from others.
  • Resources and reading materials for self-directed learning.

The programme will reflect your needs but will likely cover some / all of the following:

  • Developing your approach to leading outreach and public engagement
  • Thinking strategically
  • Advocating for outreach and public engagement at a senior department level
  • Engaging others with your strategy
  • Access to networks and expertise
  • Navigating change
  • Writing strategic documents
  • Leveraging your institution’s mission and priorities
  • Project management and overseeing budgets
  • Line management
  • Writing business cases for roles and budgets

Designed to fit around academic roles with an expected minimum commitment of approximately three hours per month.

The programme will run from September 2024 to September 2025.

Key dates:

Drop-ins to find out more about the program (further details in the information pack):

  • Monday 3 June, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Friday 14 June, 10.00am – 11.00am

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 21 June 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 19 July 2024.

We’ll be holding informal discussions with successful applicants in July and early August.

Workshop dates:

  • Workshop 1: Orientation and introduction: Tuesday 22 October 2024, 11.00am – 3.00pm, location to be confirmed: this will be an in-person event with the option to join online.
  • Workshop 2: Developing and implementing your Outreach and Public Engagement (OPE) strategy: Friday 6 December 2024, 1.30pm – 4.00pm, online.
  • Workshop 3: Inclusive leadership for OPE: Monday 10 February 2025, 1.30pm – 4.00pm, online.
  • Workshop 4: Securing funding for OPE: Friday 30 April 2025, 10.00am – 12.30pm, online.
  • Workshop 5: Navigating policy drivers for OPE: Friday 27 June 2025, 10.00am – 12.30pm, online.
  • Workshop 6: Wrap up and next steps: Tuesday 16 September 2025, 11.00am – 2.30pm, location to be confirmed: this will be an in-person event with the option to join online.

The peer groups and mentoring will be arranged around your availability.

The Outreach and Public Engagement Leadership programme is supported by The Ogden Trust and STFC.

Click here for further information and the application form.

 

 

 

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