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Public Engagement Portfolio

The Public Engagement Portfolio is a training programme in public engagement for research postgraduate students, academics, research and professional staff at the University.

Engaging with the public is an increasingly important activity for all those involved in research. Interaction with non-academic audiences can strengthen the research question through fostering relevance, responsiveness, accountability, and also increase trust in the research process. For all those involved in research, public engagement activity also strengthens core skills such as project, grant, and budget management, alongside presentation skills and research profile. 

This training portfolio brings together all the workshops and practical sessions you need to cover the practicalities of engagement and develop the personal and professional skills needed to organise, deliver, evaluate and reflect upon your activities.

Portfolio workshops and sessions

Participants are expected to attend the relevant core and optional workshops as discussed below and agreed with your own line-manager. You can book a place on a workshop via PDMS.

The portfolio includes six core sessions:

  • four workshop sessions   
  • one delivery session
  • one self-reflection report

Participants will also complete a minimum of six further optional sessions from a wide selection, reflecting the areas of self-development in public engagement most relevant to them.

In signing up to the Portfolio, you will be invited to an initial meeting to discuss your personal portfolio with the PER team. You will receive regular updates on workshops and training, and also information on opportunities for delivery and funding. Please contact the public engagement with research team with any queries by emailing

If you have any suggestions, problems, questions or queries, please contact