Grow your skills and empower your researchers
Our specialist training courses can be tailored to your requirements, and are delivered by experts.
Below is a sample of our current courses, which can be taught in a variety of formats and adapted to different audiences (e.g. ECRs, PGRs, PGTs).
If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us to discuss your needs.
How to explain your research in two minutes
Whether you want to communicate your research to the general public, the media or more specialist audiences, this interactive course covers all of the basics. Participants will learn how to distill their research into a succinct, accessible profile, and then use that to pitch articles to the media, and communicate with potential funders, policymakers and collaborators. Matt Warren is Managing Director of Universal Impact. Prior to that he was Deputy Editor of The Conversation, an award-winning magazine editor and a features executive on The Daily Mail.
How to write for impact
Clearly communicating your research to the media and potential beneficiaries can put it on the pathway to impact, but any impacts must also be reported to funders and other stakeholders, such as the REF. This course will explain how to ensure impact is at the heart of your research strategy and how you communicate it to the wider world.
How to write for the media
Storytelling is a fundamental technique used in the media to communicate with non-expert audiences. Stories can deliver powerful messages that connect and engage others while also driving change. In this course, you will learn how to transform your findings into a compelling narrative that will boost its impact and uptake. Participants will leave the course with a draft media pitch, which they can further develop and use to pitch to the media. Dr Katy Chenoweth is Universal Impact's Head of Innovation and Development. Before joining, she was an editor, with experience in industry and academia, and has taught at higher education institutions in the US and UK.
How to make your research visually appealing
In this workshop, you will learn how to create a two-page visual summary of your research findings and showcase your expertise in an accessible and eye-catching format. The workshop is run by Mihaela Gruia, the founder and director of Research Retold, a specialist research communication company. Mihaela is a social and data scientist trained at The University of Sheffield, with experience in public affairs communications in Brussels. She is passionate about the intersection between research, communication and design.
How to explain your research to the media
This interactive course covers the ingredients of a powerful news story, what journalists are looking for from an interview, how to be interviewed effectively and how to prepare. The course includes practical interview exercises and delegates receive a feedback report and video footage of their mock interviews. Adam Batstone is an experienced journalist and media trainer who has worked with the BBC in television, radio and online news. He has also worked for a number of national newspapers.
How to engage with parliament and policymakers
This course aims to support university researchers in promoting their work to parliament and policymakers – engaging with the parliamentary process, MPs, Select Committees – and also understanding how to brief civil servants and Ministers. Participants will learn how to navigate parliamentary and government processes and give their work a sharper policy focus. Courses can be delivered for groups from across academic disciplines or tailored for specialist research institutes. Huw Edwards is a former Member of Parliament for Monmouth and University Senior Lecturer in Social Policy who now specialises in delivering training courses on parliamentary processes, democratic governance and policy engagement for university researchers.
The Open Innovation Team's Policy Masterclass
The Open Innovation Team (OIT) is a cross-government team of experienced officials that works with academics and other external experts to generate analysis and ideas for policy-makers. The OIT’s ‘Policy Masterclass’ provides advice and training on how policy-making works in theory and in practice, and how academics can engage more effectively in this process. It runs over 2 two-hour sessions and provides exercises, ideas, and practical tips on how your research can have an impact on policy. It also covers:
an overview of the policy-making system in the UK. For non-UK universities, we will also cover other government systems
useful concepts to ensure your research has impact
advice on how to build your policymaker network
tips on how to present your work in a way that will land with decision-makers