Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Effective Learning Adviser | Vacancy @ Queen Margaret University
May 28 all-day

Effective Learning Adviser

Centre for Academic Practice


Full Time 35.75 hours per week

Open Ended (permanent)

Grade 6 £27,629 – £31,076 (with possible progression to £33,943)

Ref: CRSS006A


Queen Margaret University is committed to supporting our diverse students to help them succeed in their studies, and the Effective Learning Adviser has a key role in this. Working within the Effective Learning Service, you will provide academic skills development to QMU students, with a particular focus on groups under-represented in higher education. You will have experience of teaching academic skills at HE or FE level, often working across disciplines, and will have engaged with issues relating to student retention and success in UK HE. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work autonomously within a changing and challenging environment.


Should you wish to apply for this vacancy please visit our vacancies page and complete an application online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or require any special assistance please contact Human Resources on 0131 474 0000 or email

The closing date for this position is Sunday, 28th May 2017.

Beltane Breakfast | Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 @ Edinburgh Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus)
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At our May 2017 Beltane Breakfast, we’re looking at the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Information on travelling to Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus is available here.

Rough programme

8.30am Grab breakfast!

8.45am Guest speaker 1: Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2017

8.55am Guest speaker 2: Susan Morrison, Previously…Scotland’s History Festival

9.05am 2-minute wonders [share your own plans for and/or interests in the Year of History…]

9.20am Group discussion session 1

9.40am Group discussion session 2

10.00am End

Be part of Explorathon 2017!
May 30 @ 11:41 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

As part of the annual EU Researchers’ Night, Explorathon is back! This year’s event will be running in venues across Edinburgh on Friday 29th September, and we aim to build on the success of previous years, creating opportunities for researchers from all disciplines to share and discuss their work with a range of audiences. All information on this year’s event, including how to register an interest in participating, can be found on our website:

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 30th June.


Engaging Session | Engaging via art @ Heriot Watt University
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Postponed from March 2017

This session is organised by Heriot-Watt Engage, but staff and research students from all of Edinburgh’s universities are welcome to attend.

If science can inspire art, can art inspire interest and learning about science? Join experts to explore how art can help scientists to engage and change society.

‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Jun 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.


The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.


Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.


Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.



Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jun 5 all-day

We would like to invite Edinburgh Researchers to deliver workshops for Dunbar Science Club on a Saturday morning during 2017.

Dunbar Science Club

Dunbar Science Club was created in 2011 by a small team of volunteer parents of pupils attending Dunbar Primary School.  Our objective is to inspire and encourage a life-long interest in science amongst children living in the Dunbar Cluster area by running an annual programme of varied workshops provided by local scientists (including volunteer parents) and external providers.

Dunbar Science Club was an initiative of Dunbar PS’s Parent Council’s “Science, Maths, Engineering & Technology Sub Group” that also created the annual award winning community science festival, Dunbar SciFest.

Dunbar Science Club is supported by Community Windpower Ltd, who also support Dunbar SciFest.

Please see the Dunbar Science Club Facebook page and our website to see previous workshop blogs etc.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops

We deliver three one-hour long workshops, ideally fortnightly between September and June annually. The first two workshops, starting at 9.30am and 10.30am are for children aged 5-8 and the third workshop, starting at 11.30am, is for children aged 9-12+.

We open the online workshop booking, via our own Dunbar Science Club App, two weeks before the workshop date.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops Dates 2017

  1. 01.17
  2. 02.17
  3. 02.17
  4. 03.17
  5. 03.17
  6. 04.17
  7. 05.17
  8. 05.17
  9. 06.17
  10. 06.17

Are you interested in delivering workshops for Dunbar Science Club?

If so, please contact the organiser asap and confirm the following:

  1. Which date / dates from the list above you would be available to deliver your workshop activities?
  1. That you are happy to deliver 3 x 45-50 minute duration workshops within the hour-long slots, starting at 9.30, 10.30 & 11.30am?
  1. That your workshop activities are suitable for the 2 age groups (5-8 and 9-12+)? Please note that we are very happy for you to use us as ‘guinea pigs’ to test out activities that may wish to run at open days, science festivals etc.
  1. How many people will deliver the workshops?
  1. Whether you charge a fee and if so how much or whether you’d be happy for us to cover your travel expenses? We will provide hot drinks and snacks from the Ridge Cafe

We would need you to provide the following information asap please:

  • Workshop Title
  • Workshop descriptive blurb (ideally 50 words, max 100 words)
  • The capacity of each workshop – please advise us on what you think will work best for your activity, anywhere between 10-30 children per session
  • Workshop Risk Assessment
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jun 5 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Public engagement funding opportunity | RCPathologists
Jun 5 all-day

The Royal College of Pathologists is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme. We are looking for new projects that engage audiences such as school students, undergraduates, health professionals or local communities with pathology.

If you have an innovative idea which could help pathologists communicate the role they play in healthcare then we want to hear from you. There is funding of £1000 available.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5 June 2017.

Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Jun 5 all-day

be-experimentalFreelance Science Presenters 

Central Scotland 

Competitive hourly rate

 No application deadline

We are always looking for dynamic freelance science presenters to deliver our science experiments, demonstrations and workshops to people of all ages. We have a schools and nursery  programme, we run events for groups and clubs, and provide entertainment for parties and events.

You should have experience of working with children and presenting science to public audiences, and be enthusiastic and engaging. Must be a self-starter. A driving licence and access to a reliable car is essential.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to

Facilitation Skills @ 1.18 Paterson's Land
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Do you need facilitation skills to do your job? Probably: good facilitation skills are critical to team working, collaborating with other teams and organisations, planning and holding meetings, and small group teaching.

If you’d like to improve the communication and inter-personal skills needed to facilitate well, this course may be for you!

Skills You’ll Develop

– Enabling everyone to speak openly about their views, interests and needs

– Thinking together to tackle difficult problems or get a job done

– Fostering creativity and realise the potential for ‘group intelligence’

– Handling dominant voices and ensure all participants are heard

– Working through conflict without confrontation

– Recognising different patterns of communication and encourage ‘authentic’ communication

Using your power as a facilitator constructively

Training Approach

Our training approach integrates some ‘theory’ with a lot of opportunities to practice. Specifically, we will:

– Introduce key concepts – about different forms of communication and styles of facilitation, and about collaboration

– Work on key skills and common challenges, giving you experience of some different techniques and approaches

– Make this relevant to your circumstances and needs, and encourage your reflective practice.

What this Course Does Not Cover

Facilitation involves two skill sets: thinking strategically (for planning and evaluation); and attending to communication and inter-personal dynamics in these critical conversations. This one-day course aims to build capacity in the latter skill set only.

While this course is extremely useful for people wishing to engage others with their research, this won;t be a specific focus on the day.


This course is intended for people who already do some facilitation and want the opportunity to reflect on and deepen their practice in this area. Postgraduate researchers, and others new to faciltation and dialogue, are encouraged to attend Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures instead.

This course is strictly limited to 16 participants.


This course is free of charge to staff (academic, professional and support) from universities in Edinburgh. Individuals from other organisations are welcome to attend, but the cost is £95, payable here.

Your Trainers

Dr Wendy Faulkner is a freelance dialogue practitioner. Working largely with Oliver Escobar, she has trained some 300 people looking to build facilitation skills – for public engagement in research, community empowerment and collaboration with stakeholders. Wendy also designs and facilitates engagement processes for academic, public and third sector organisations.


Dr Oliver Escobar is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, a large research programme to improve public services and policy innovation. His areas of research, teaching and practice are democracy, politics, policy, participation and collaboration. He coordinates the Citizen Participation Network, has trained and worked with hundreds of public engagement practitioners, and is involved in developing democratic innovations across various policy arenas in Scotland and beyond.

What Works Scotland:

Oliver’s blog:

Twitter: @OliverEscobar

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