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Enhancing STEM Academics' Public Engagement Skills

Lead Institution: University of Bristol
Collaborating with: Graphic Science, Lighting Up Learning Ltd

Project Outputs > CPD Seminars for Public Engagement

A core goal of the Enhancing STEM Academics' Public Engagement Skills project was to upskill Masters, PhD students and STEM academics in the delivery of public engagement activities, particularly to primary schools. To achieve this, two seminars were developed and delivered twice at the University of Bristol to 53 attendees, with the aim of upskilling academics in the delivery of effective public engagement activities for key stages 1 to 3 students.

The first seminar focused on specific principles and movements within primary education (e.g. integrated enquiry-led learning) and introduced key ideas such as 'teaching another = 90% increased retention of knowledge'). The seminar demystified the primary school phase through: an overview of the national curriculum; consideration of the 'perfect' learning experience for pupils; discussion of key pedagogies and finally, various skills for engaging active learning.

The seminar presentation can be downloaded below:

Public Engagement Training Seminar (1)

The second seminar focused on possible session structures and content for primary school outreach workshops. Participants were encouraged to work in groups, in line with their specialism, to create a variety of activities that could be packaged in different ways according to length or depth. Advice was given on the key messages that academics should bear in mind when developing activities and effective session structures.

The seminar presentation can be downloaded below:

Public Engagement Training Seminar (2)

If you have any questions about the guide or workshops, or would simply like to find out more, please contact Nic Garrick at Lighting Up Learning Ltd (; 07825 661256).

Staff involved

Ed Drewitt
Project lead, University of Bristol

Claire Dimond
Graphic Science

Nicholas Garrick
Lighting Up Learning Ltd