Would you like to share your research more widely?

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement and educational outreach for postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics at the University of Cambridge.

The course takes participants through the steps involved in planning, organising and delivering an interactive public engagement activity. By ‘public engagement’ or ‘outreach’, we mean engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline. This might include school pupils, older people’s groups, youth clubs and the general public (it does not include other academics). You might engage people through, for example, workshops, discussions, hands-on demonstrations or re-enactments. We are particularly keen for participants to offer unusual, engaging activities rather than straight-forward talks.

This multi-disciplinary course consists of sixhalf-day sessions and participation in a Festival, attendance at all sessions is required. Completion of the course counts as transferrable skills training. There is no charge for participants.
Sessions cover:

  •     Introduction to public engagement
  •     Creating innovative interactive and hands-on activities for public Festivals
  •     Communication skills and creating engaging content
  •     Essential event co-ordination; marketing, health & safety, event evaluation

Within the University calendar there are many opportunities to get involved in public engagement; Festivals, Museums and school events, media opportunities and more.

The next rising Stars public engagement course

Dates for the winter course coming soon.

The summer course runs from June to October with the opportunity to participate in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The deadline is in late May for applications.

2018 dates:

Session dates Time
Tuesday 5 June  10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 19 June  10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 26 June  10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 10 July 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 2 October 10am-12.30pm
Saturday 20 October - Cambridge Festival of Ideas 11am-4pm
Tuesday 23 October 10am-12.30pm

Complete this form to apply for this round of Rising Stars.

Any queries, please email: RisingStars@admin.cam.ac.uk