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The sessions for 2016-17 will be confirmed in due course.


LAHP Public engagement and your career
A&H researchers who know the difference it can make share their stories

Wednesday 9 March, 10am to 1pm in Senate House, Woburn Suite

• What are the benefits of doing public engagement? For you and for the communities and audiences you engage with?
• How can you start to plan your own public engagement activity?

Come and hear the answers to these questions from the CLASH Fellows, Arts & Humanities Early Career Researchers from UCL and KCL who received funding and support as part of the AHRC-funded Collaborative Learning Arts, Society and the Humanities programme which ran over the past 18 months. You will also have the chance to talk to staff from UCL’s Public Engagement Unit in relation to your own ideas and the public engagement potential of your research.
Please join us for an informal discussion-based workshop on Wednesday 9 March, 10am to 1pm in Senate House, Woburn Suite.

The CLASH Fellows will tell you about the learning, successes (and failures) of their own public engagement projects carried out over the past year in collaboration with Cultural Partners including the National Trust, the Cultural Institute at King’s, Hackney Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. They will talk specifically about the potential impact of public engagement activity upon:

• Your own research
• Your teaching
• Your academic career
• Your skills and expertise (in project management, evaluation, communication and much much more…)
• And, importantly, the lives of people outside academic.

Academic careers increasingly depend on the ability to generate social, cultural and even economic impact from research. Public engagement is one pathway to impact, and relatively easy for doctoral students to gain experience in.

This session is open to all arts & humanities postgraduate research students across UCL, King’s College, SAS and Queen Mary.


Please see the programmes below for the sessions that took place in November.

These two public engagement training sessions are designed to complement each other; attendance of Session 1 is a prerequisite for attending Session 2 so please ensure that you book both sessions (choose one of the two options offered for both sessions).


Session 1 – Introduction to Public Engagement in the Arts and Humanities

Monday 2nd of November 12-3pm – Court room, Senate House
Tuesday 3rd of November 12-3pm – Court room, Senate House

  • Develop awareness of public engagement in the Arts & Humanities, what it offers to researchers and the communities they engage with.
  • Identify relevant audiences for public engagement activities relating to your own research.
  • Explore the potential of collaboration with cultural and heritage organizations in the pursuit of your public engagement aims.
  • Take a creative approach to generating engagement activities suitable for your chosen audience/s.


Session 2 – Public Engagement Boot Camp

Monday 16th of November 1.30-4.30pm – Court room, Senate House
Monday 30th of November 12-3pm – Court room, Senate House

  • Take a creative approach to generating engagement activities suitable for your chosen audience/s.
  • Develop ideas for public engagement activities that open up your research and practice to involve people beyond academia.
  • Clearly define and plan your public engagement project to maximize its success and evaluate its outcomes.
  • Identify the support, funding and opportunities for Public Engagement available to you via your host Higher Education Institution.

The sessions will be delivered by:

Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement (University of Bath)

Helen has extensive experience of public engagement through both research and practice. She brings over 14 years practical experience in creative STEM engagement alongside a PhD exploring public engagement with climate change. Her research, teaching and practice focus on the publics’ experiences in direct and interactive public engagement.

Laura Cream, Public Engagement Coordinator, UCL Public Engagement Unit

My role at UCL is to support researchers to explore the public engagement potential of their research; what research questions are you interested in? Which communities, outside the university, might share your interests or have an interesting perspective on what you do? These are the questions that I regularly ask and which form the bedrock of my work. Once answered, I go on to help researchers develop and deliver their own public engagement projects, engaging as partners and as audiences with a very wide range of communities.

My background is a varied one and I bring to my work experience of a number of different sectors. The common thread is my ability to build relationships between disparate groups and to work with varied and often excluded audiences and communities. I worked as Programme Manager, Quality Practice and Participation at Shape, a London-based arts organisation which champions access to the arts for disabled artists and audiences and also spent a number of years working on central government education policy.