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 five half-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.

Rising Stars public engagement course for all disciplines

This course runs from January - March 2018 with the opportunity to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival.

Session dates Time
Tuesday 23 January 2018 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 6 February 2018 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 20 February 2018 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 6 March 2018 10am-12.30pm
Sunday 25 March 2018 - Cambridge Science Festival 10am-4pm
Tuesday 27 March 2018 10am-11.30am

Applications for this round of Rising Stars are now CLOSED


Rising Stars public engagement course for arts, humanities and social sciences

Applications for this round of Rising Stars are currently closed.

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