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Public Engagement 101

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 9.30am to 12.30pm

This session provides an introduction to public engagement for anyone interested in getting started or looking for a bit of inspiration.

Introductory Presentation Skills

All DPhil students Research staff

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 1.30pm to 5pm

If you have little or no experience of giving presentations, this course is for you.

Your Successful DPhil

All DPhil students Induction

Tuesday, 02 November 2021, 11.30am to 2.30pm

This course will help you kick-start your DPhil

Telling stories that matter: Communicating your research through story

Robert Holtom

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 04 November 2021, 10am to 1pm

Discover more about how to craft and apply storytelling skills to communicate your research

Scientific Writing: Getting Your Paper Published

Anna Sharman

All DPhil students Research staff

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 to Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 9.30am - 12.30pm

This course will look at the aspects you need to consider when constructing your paper; demystify peer reviewed journals by giving insider insights from science journal editors; and show you what they really want.

Pitching for funding

All DPhil students Enterprise Research staff

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 9.30am to 1pm

Those with money need to know about you and why they should place their investment in you and your venture. This may be a pitch for research funds, a pitch in an enterprise competition or a presentation asking for an R&D budget.

Introduction to writing successful research proposals

All Research staff

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 2pm to 5pm

External research funding is a crucial part of the research profile of universities and is a major issue for academic staff.

Methods for two-way interactive public engagement

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 9.30am to 12.30pm

This introductory session will introduce you to what, why and how of turning your engagement into a rich, two-way conversation with your public audiences.

Dealing with the imposter syndrome

Daniela Bultoc

All DPhil students Research staff

Friday, 12 November 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm

Ever walked into a meeting and questioned your right to be there? Have you ever taken on a new job and then you felt you weren’t really the right person for it? For many people this is a common life experience and one which can be quite debilitating if left unchecked.

Your Successful DPhil

All DPhil students Induction

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 11.30am to 2.30pm

This course will help you kick-start your DPhil

Viva preparation and practice

All DPhil students

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 10am to 3pm

This participative workshop provides third and fourth year DPhil students with information about the viva, guidance on planning a pro-active approach to it, and opportunities to practise.

Oxford Sparks science communication masterclass

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 18 November 2021 to Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Do you want to share your research with the wider public? Want to try making online videos but not sure where to start? Online videos are a great way of showing what science research is, who does it and why it matters, and has the potential of reach audiences around the world.

Scientific writing: core skills

Dr John Dixon

All DPhil students Research staff

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 9am to 5pm

This online course provides a sound grounding in the core skills needed to produce accurate and effective scientific writing.

Time Management

All DPhil students Research staff

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 9.30am to 12pm

Being able to manage time effectively will help you to be more successful in all aspects of your life.

Pitching Yourself: How to Get People Interested in You and Your Research

All DPhil students Enterprise Research staff

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9.30am to 1pm

Communicating your research ideas, selling your skills and experience or telling people about your business venture – all quick pitches that should leave the listener wanting to know more.

Interviewing for podcasts

Emily Elias

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 9.30am to 12.30pm

This is a hands on session designed to help you work on your skills as a podcast host when it comes to asking questions. The session will cover preparing for interviews, creating a question line, and active listening.

Your Successful DPhil

All DPhil students Induction

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 11.30am to 2.30pm

This course will help you kick-start your DPhil

Public Engagement 101

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 1pm to 4pm

This session provides an introduction to public engagement for anyone interested in getting started or looking for a bit of inspiration.

Putting stories to work

Robert Holtom

All DPhil students Public engagement Research staff

Thursday, 02 December 2021, 10am to 1pm

This session builds on the introductory workshop and introduces new elements of great storytelling including metaphor, clarity and message. This highly interactive workshop will be based around an example of writing an explainer or news article for the wider, non-specialist public website.