Training Programme


REAlab’s training programme aims to prepare the future generation of academics to be engaged and engaging with their research. Mastering the processes and tools to transform a good idea into a well-structured and feasible project is at the foundation of anything we do in academia, particularly where we want to engage a variety of stakeholders through our research. Knowledge Exchange, research engagement and research impact are becoming increasingly central for academics wanting to get recognition and funding for research, particularly with the new REF impact requirements.

This training course is for Post-Graduate (PGR) and Early Career Researchers (ECR) working in all disciplines, particularly for those with an interest in sharing research knowledge with non academic audiences and increasing the impact of their research. The course will have 20-25 attending researchers drawn from different faculties and institutions and will be interdisciplinary and interactive, offering a mixture of training sessions, workshops and networking opportunities with cultural partners over three days. 

In a collaborative environment, this training course aims to equip participants  with the skills necessary to design and manage engagement projects, to understand how to increase the impact of research and how to professionally engage with cultural partners through research and knowledge exchange activities.

Training Modules
The course includes five interactive sessions led by professional trainers and a dialogue workshop with cultural partners (Museum of Science and Industry, National Trust and Future Everything). The training follows the development of a project’s life cycle, from ideation and planning to evaluation, while the workshop will be an opportunity to practice consultation skills with cultural partners who will present their current challenges (open to application within REALab Knowledge Exchange) and to discuss with them what makes a good professional collaboration. 

Session 1: Starting a Project: Defining Problems and Creating Solutions

Session 2: Influencing and Negotiating skills: Team Roles and Partner Engagement

Session 3: Workshop with Cultural Partners: What makes a good partnership?

Session 4: Impact and the Engaged Researcher

Session 5: From Idea to Plan: Devising your Project Plan

Session 6: How to Evaluate your Project

All sessions are designed to be informative and hands-on as participants will use real-life case studies as a spin board to exercise and test processes and tools, either bringing their own project idea or adopting cultural partners‘ projects as training case studies.

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