In March, I heard that I would be attending the Engage Researchers’ Academy for this coming academic year. It’s:

a year long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for delegates to reflect upon what it means to be an engaged researcher, and to explore the quality and value of engagement. It aims to equip participants with understanding, skills and practical experience to enhance the impact of their engagement and to become leaders in engaged research.

On 5/6 June, we had our first sessions, and here’s the main tweets from the course (and note that the majority of delegates were women, which probably says a lot about how far public engagement is valued in universities … so I’m glad some energy is being pumped into it):

The Evening Before:

We had to come with a poster prepared for introductions and discussions first thing in the morning – I hadn’t had time to prepare/print one, so 2 pieces of A4 stuck together with address labels and a random selection of Sharpie colours to describe a public engagement project had been involved in:

and for my own reference, my Basecamp response.

Day 1

Kicking off #ERA1819 day 1 … ‘Why Engage?’ #phasedreturn ha ha ha

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Choose top 9 #publicengagement #era1819

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Checking out the @nccpe theory of good quality #publicengagement – purpose, people and process

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Anyone guess which colour I mostly am? #era1819 The Sky is …

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Afternoon final sessions …

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Back in bed #weary #cancerlife – but really enjoying #ERA1819

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Day 2

This morning in #Bristol

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Onto day 2 of #ERA1819 – media impact masterclass #publicengagement

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It’s all about knowing who your potential audience might be … not necessarily biggest numbers. #era1819

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