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 six half-day sessions and involves participation in one of the University's Festivals. 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
  • Communication skills and creating engaging content
  • Creating innovative interactive and hands-on activities for public Festivals
  • 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

The summer course runs from June to October, culminating in participation in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 May 2019.

2019 dates:

Session dates Time
Monday 3 June 10am-12.30pm
Monday 17 June 10am-12.30pm
Monday 24 June 10am-12.30pm
Monday 8 July 10am-12.30pm
Monday 30 September 10am-12.30pm
Saturday 19 October - Festival of Ideas 10am-5pm
Monday 21 October 10am-12.30pm

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

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