AHRC-TORCH Public Engagement Summer School 2019

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For any enquiries, please contact the Graduate Project Coordinators, Sumner Braund and Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin, at gradprojects@humanities.ox.ac.uk.

Monday, July 8th to Friday, July 12th 2019 (All Day Workshops)

Sumner Braund and Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin (TORCH Graduate Project Coordinators)

Applications are now open for the 2019 AHRC-TORCH Public Engagement with Research Summer School, which will run from the 8th to 12th of July. This is the fifth year of the Summer School and we are excited to provide another full programme of skills workshops, lectures, hands-on engagement with Oxford’s world-class collections, and collaborations with a range of institutions in the Arts and Humanities. The aim of the Summer School is to provide DPhil/PhD students and Early Career Researchers with the skills and resources to integrate public engagement into their research and to broaden their understanding of the wealth of opportunities available for bringing research to diverse audiences.

Over the course of the Summer School, experts from a range of institutions and disciplines of study will share their experience and advice on how to integrate public engagement into academic research. Throughout the week, TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellows, Public Engagement Executives from Academic and Cultural Heritage Institutions (including the National Trust and the BBC), Access and Outreach Officers, artists as well as journalists and podcasters will lead workshops and seminars designed to give participants focused training on how to develop public engagement with research projects across a wide variety of mediums. As their skills in creating public engagement projects are honed, participants will then have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and pitch for seed funding for a project developed during the week.

Coming out of the Summer School we hope that participants will be inspired to think about new and innovative ways of sharing their research. The Summer School exists to furnish DPhil/PhD students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities with the skills to develop their own public engagement projects. If you are interested in innovating how your research is received or are curious about what opportunities exist for bringing your work beyond an academic setting, this Summer School is for you.

To apply for this year’s AHRC-TORCH Public Engagement Summer School download this form and send it to gradprojects@humanities.ox.ac.uk by 10 May 2019. The Summer School is free for participants and applications are open to DPhil/PhD students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the Open University. Should you have any questions concerning the Summer School, please do not hesitate to contact Sumner and Glenn at gradprojects@humanities.ox.ac.uk

To view a video about the Summer School click here.

Feedback from previous PER Summer School Participants:

‘I would absolutely recommend it. I found it helpful to think about public engagement from so many different perspectives, with lots of effective examples. Fundamentally, though, it was great to be in a context with other people who care about disseminating research beyond the academic world, or even disciplinary bubble. In terms of career planning, too, it was helpful to discuss the range of opportunities which are not necessarily part of the typical academic career trajectory but which can provide valuable experience.’

‘The level of expertise, enthusiasm, encouragement, and positivity was infectious. I learnt so much over the course of the week, and I will engage in many of the way of doing PER as a result. It provides the tools, and skills necessary, but more importantly it provides the confidence needed to go off and actually do PER.’

 

For any enquiries, please contact the Graduate Project Coordinators, Sumner Braund and Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin, at gradprojects@humanities.ox.ac.uk.

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