Are you looking to boost your public engagement practice? 

by | Oct 27, 2022

Available opportunities for professional development through The University of Manchester’s Wellcome ISSF Public Engagement schemes.

Free Skill Sharing session: “Accessible and Inclusive Public Engagement Practice”

Join this free online session on Wednesday 9 November 2022 between 12 and 1:30 pm. This session will feature case studies of projects engaging with audiences with additional access requirements and a chance to ask questions during a Q&A section.

About the speakers:

  • Robyn Watson is a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired from Bolton Sensory Support Service. She’ll talk about engaging with people who live with visual impairments drawing from her teaching experience and working on projects like the Tactile Collider.
  • Alex Sturrock and Katie Twomey from Autism@Manchester will draw on their experiences collaborating on projects with people who are neurodivergent to guide your thinking on engaging with these audiences.

Get your tickets here:

Who is this session open to?
This programme is primarily aimed University Staff, Post-Docs, Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) and Public Contributors with little to no experience in public engagement but are also open to anyone wanting to know more about PE practice.

Funding up to £3k available to boost yours or your team’s PE practice

To support the University’s strategic goal for Social Responsibility, which includes objectives for Public Engagement (PE) and Civic Engagement, the University has set up a fund for capacity building in PE – the ISSF PE Professional Development Fund. The Fund is open to University Staff, Post-Docs and Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) from every faculty:

  • If you’re applying for yourself, you can apply for up to £2000 to cover all expenses related to taking part in your professional development.
  • If you’re applying on behalf of a department/team, you can apply for up to £3000 to cover all expenses related to the development opportunity.

What ISSF can fund:

Public engagement practice and skills (e.g. Engage Academy, Little Event, evaluation courses etc)

Skills development on delivering Equality Diversity and Inclusion relevant to public engagement (e.g. accessibility, working with diverse audiences)

Creative practice relevant for public engagement (e.g. production courses, theatre making, design thinking etc)

Practice-focused conferences (e.g. BIG STEM communicators network, Talking Maths in Public, The Presenter Network Conference etc)

Ad-hoc opportunities (e.g. mentoring with community groups, creatives etc) on a case-by-case basis

Team development opportunities (e.g. facilitator led bespoke team training).

R7 – 09:00 am 31/10/2022
R8 – 09:00 am 21/11/2022
R9 – 09:00 am 12/12/2022
R10 – 09:00 am 09/01/2023
R11 – 09:00 am 30/01/2023

Find more and how to apply here.

If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact ISSF PE Project Manager Paolo Arru on