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ACCE Policy and Careers workshops

4th June 2015 - 5th June 2015

The courses will take place at Foresight Centre at the University of Liverpool, HALSALL room.

Course 1: Employability and careers (4th June, day 1)

Delivered over the course of a full day this course builds on and is informed by the BES’s very successful careers events. This course covers a variety of career options available after a PhD and introduces students to the diversity of employment opportunities they might consider.

We will focus on identifying the skills and additional experiences that employers increasingly seek from positions they offer at this level, including digital media, communications, project and event planning, team work etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to work on CVs and develop strategies that identify and address critical areas for professional development.

By the end of the course students will have gained some insight into the breadth of career options available to them and have developed an action plan for their transition into employment.

10.00 – 10.15 Registration
10:15 – 10.30 Welcome presentation; Graphic ppt: Expectations, learning outcomes for the day and Q&A protocols
10.30 – 10.45 Student Activity 1: (Ice breaker) My perfect career path; Individual reflection; Group engagement; Reality check, careers in context
10.45 – 11.30 Careers from a PhD, including case studies; Moving into Post Doctoral positions; Moving into research through the NGO, statutory bodies and other non HEI institutions; Group engagement: Skills Mapping
11.30 – 12.15 Careers from a PhD, including case studies; Moving into consultancy; Moving into science communication; Moving into policy; Group engagement: Skills Mapping
12.15 – 12.30 Student Activity 2: My interests, My skills – How employable am I?
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 13.45 Managing a modern ecological career: Or why a PhD isn’t enough. Employment statistics; Multi-disciplinarity; International perspectives; Social media and the digital world
13.45 – 14.30 Identifying and up skilling, including case studies; Which skills and when; Getting funded; Getting networked in;
14.30 – 15.15 Student Activity 3: Developing an action plan; Prioritising skills to develop; Developing a plan
15.15 – 15.45 CV’s, cover letters and interview techniques: The good, the bad; The odd and the funny; Or: What you should or shouldn’t do!
15.45 – 16.00 Final questions and evaluation

Course 2: Knowledge exchange and science communication (5th June, day 2)

Regardless of career choices, many researchers find themselves involved in roles where knowledge exchange is a priority.

Stakeholder awareness and communication skills lie at the heart of most training offered in knowledge exchange. This course will consider how researchers engage with the science/policy interface, public engagement, community groups with vested interests and more.

We will focus on a series of scenarios and the communication skills that might be employed in communicating science to different audiences.

By the end of this course students will have developed a series of communication strategies that allow them to communicate their science to a range of audiences and have considered the careers that depend heavily on these skills.

10.00 – 10.15 Registration
10:15 – 10.30 Welcome presentation – Graphic ppt: Expectations, learning outcomes for the day and Q&A protocols;
10.30 – 10.45 Activity 1: (Icebreaker) Lost in translation….
10.45 – 11.15 Knowing what and when you need to communicate; What are we trying to communicate; Why do we communicate; Group engagement: Effective knowledge exchange;
11.15 – 11.45 Knowing your audience and their priorities (including case studies) Peers; Policy makers; Decision makers come in all shapes and sizes; Who is the public in public engagement; Group engagement: Barriers to knowledge exchange;
11.45 – 12.15 Activity 2: Which skills matter? Who does knowledge exchange well ….or not?
12.15 – 12.30 Knowledge exchange includes listening…….openly and critically;
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 13.45 Communications for a modern age; There is no one right way; Making best use of digital opportunities;
13.35 – 14.15 Setting targets and evaluating successful knowledge exchange; What does success look like;
14.15 – 15.00 Activity 3: Developing a KE strategy for research. Identifying specific audiences, messages and success criteria; Developing an action plan;
15:00 – 15.45 Careers based on knowledge exchange and science communication
From policy intern to Head of Policy;
Teaching and learning for all ages;
Science communication;
Public engagement;
15.45 – 16.00 Final questions and evaluation.


4th June 2015
5th June 2015


ACCE DTP, University of Liverpool


Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
1 Brownlow Street
Liverpool, L69 3GL United Kingdom
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