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Venue: Online

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Engaged Researcher Online - Becoming An Engaged Researcher In Policy

Tue 2 Mar, Wed 3 Mar, Fri 5 Mar 2021


This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to "branding" yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid-career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, Junior Research Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer to the Department of Politics and International Studies in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 3

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 2 Mar   10:00 - 11:15 10:00 - 11:15 Online Maja Spanu
2 Wed 3 Mar   11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Online Maja Spanu
3 Fri 5 Mar   14:00 - 15:45 14:00 - 15:45 Online Maja Spanu

Provide participants with:

  • an overview of the policy sector, its expectations, and of the various options that exist for research collaborations
  • ways to “brand” your profile for the policy sector (CV, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • concrete tips to engage with the policy sector today.

After attending this training participants will:

  • be able to frame and talk about their research in a ‘policy’ relevant way
  • acquire the confidence needed to engage with the policy sector today.
System requirements

Good internet connection: the course will be held in Zoom.


Tue (Session 1)

  • Introductory Session
  • Q&A

Wed (Session 2)

  • Branding: LinkedIn and CV
  • Q&A

Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm (Optional session)

  • Mentoring: 15-minute one-to-one session with the trainer for personalised advice on branding and other Q&As.

Fri (Session 3)

  • Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching and participants’ feedback

If you have troubles joining the sessions or have any queries, please contact Selen Etingu-Breslaw ( or Diogo Gomes (


Two mandatory 75-minute sessions, one mandatory 1h45min-session, and one optional 15-min one-to-one session with the trainer.

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