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Sharing information about your research with a variety of different audiences, especially non-specialists, is a valuable transferable skill. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively enables you to explain your research to our supporters, your family and friends, potential collaborators from other disciplines, and in the future committees of funding bodies.

Public Engagement with Research – Training and development

We provide training and support with communication skills and translating your research into lay language. 

Online training webinar

We’ve produced an Introduction to Public Engagement with Research webinar which is available via our Youtube channel (tbc) and link

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • What are you sharing? Who do you want to engage with?
  • How…and where will I share my research?
  • Reviewing your toolkit
  • Your public engagement plan

Training and networking days

We invite our students to come to our head office to meet each other and our staff and volunteers.

Previous students have found this really useful, not only to network with each other but also to gain a greater insight into the work of Tenovus Cancer Care and develop their public engagement and communication skills.

“I finally feel that I can explain what I do to my family and friends”

Alex Cocks, a PhD student who took part in the training in 2016.

Individual training

Our Research Engagement Team can provide support individually to help you bring your project to life with the below.


For example, a physical interactive tool to bring your research to life. We recently helped MPhil Student Rachel Stafford create a game to illustrate the lung cancer diagnostic tool she is developing. Rachel had to do this as part of a public engagement module and piloted the activity in our shop in Aberystwyth.


A short lay piece of writing which can be posted on our website or written as a guest blog for another site – e.g. The Conversation

Lay talk

A short accessible talk to a group of our supporters about our research, presented in a way they can understand.

Get in touch

We don’t currently have any training days planned in head office but please get in touch if you’d like to be contacted when we confirm dates. Individual training and support is available throughout your PhD, please contact the Research Engagement Team to find out more.





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