Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Jan
30
Tue
2018
An Action Plan for Homelessness: Briefing and Reception @ Scottish Parliament
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As an ambitious Housing First programme is launched by Social Bite, join co-founder Josh
Littlejohn to hear about the organisation’s action plan for tackling homelessness in Scotland.
Speakers include Professor Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University, co-author of research on
the Housing First model, and John Sparkes, CEO of Crisis and chair of the Scottish Government’s
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

Chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Scotland’s Futures Forum chair

Feb
1
Thu
2018
Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop @ Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice interesting and sustainable. If you feel you are not using your voice to its full potential, or you are concerned that it is not as strong or expressive as you would wish, this course will help you to improve.

We look at:

•Pace

•Rhythm

•Clarity of speech

•Facial expression

•Projection

•Intonation

As part of the workshop, we will also look at how to use your body language to enhance your communication.

Please note that this workshop focuses on how you deliver rather than the content of your presentation or technical aids. It does not cover the use of PowerPoint slides, Prezis or similar.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Warm up your voice and body effectively to develop and protect it

2.Recognise opportunities to use your voice with greater clarity and range of expression

3.Use vocal techniques and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation

Pre-requisites

Please bring a 5-10 minute prepared speech or presentation on any topic to deliver on the day.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (louise.mckay@ed.ac.uk).

Feb
5
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Feb 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.

Feb
6
Tue
2018
Facilitation Training @ The Melting Pot
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your skills and confidence as a facilitator, meeting organiser or workshop leader.

We will look closely at what facilitation is, the role facilitators may play and how facilitating can encourage long term community development. The day will build the confidence of anyone keen to be a good facilitator and give them a solid basis on which to develop their own skills. You’ll take part in engaging exercises and discuss where you might or might not use them. You’ll look at ways to work with people in large and small groups and how and when to leave a group to their own devices. The day also covers the practical ‘tools and techniques’ that make meetings work.

People attending this course will learn how to:

  • Plan meetings and design them to be effective and enjoyable
    • Make a meeting, workshop or training session work well as facilitator or chair
    • Build a working relationship with an existing organisation or a group of individuals
    • Use appropriate tools and techniques
    • Develop facilitation work in ways appropriate to different communities
    • Deal with problematic situations
    • Evaluate facilitated processes
    • Develop their communications skills

(This is course gives you tools to use during your sessions. Our ‘Advanced Facilitation’ course looks more a power dynamics, privilege and rank when working with groups. See here for details)

Who should attend this course?

Talk Action have run this facilitation training skills course for over six years with consistently excellent feedback. The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people in formal or informal settings. Whether a novice starting out, or an experienced facilitator wishing to expand on their techniques, the course will provide a valuable insight into good facilitation

Costs

£425: Corporate/Large businesses
£338: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£195: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and self-funded individuals.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us at training@talkaction.org for further details.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean vegetarian buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact:

Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: training@talkaction.org

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Register to compete in the FameLab Edinburgh heat! @ To be confirmed
Feb 14 all-day

Please note that the time and venue for the Edinburgh heat are still to be confirmed. Registration to compete is via the FameLab UK website ONLY. 

Could you effectively communicate a science, engineering or technology concept in just three minutes? No slides are allowed – you have just your wits and your props. If you’re aged 21 or over, register for FameLab UK now!

Why take part?

FameLab is a great way to improve your science communication skills. The free training, the camaraderie with other performers and the feedback from professional judges all play a part. It’s also fun! Oh, and did we mention there are prizes?

What’s the process?

Step 1: Regional heat (Edinburgh – 14th Feb; Glasgow – 20th Feb; Dundee tbc)

Step 2: Scottish final (Edinburgh – 10th March) – this must be a different presentation to the regional heat

Step 3: UK Masterclass training weekend (early April 2018 in England, date tbc)

Step 4: UK Final (Science Museum, London, 25th April 2018)

You compete at each stage of the process, so only some people make it through to the next stage each time.

Am I eligible?

  • You cannot already be a professional science communicator or promoter
  • You must be aged 21 or over
  • You must be studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics (not necessarily in a university – teachers and industry professionals also take part)
  • More on eligibility here

What are the rules?

  • You have 3 minutes
  • You cannot use any sort of electronic presentation or recording
  • You can only use props you can carry on stage yourself
  • You need a different presentation if you make it to the regional final
  • More on the rules here

2017 Scottish FameLab finalists at the National Museum of Scotland

Looks great! How do I take part?

Please register to compete using the FameLab UK website. This is the only way to register to compete.

There may be additional registrations required for the training to accompany the competition. This training is run by local organisers (and is optional) which is why you need to register separately.

Can I spectate?

It will be possible to spectate at the Scottish final on 10th March. A booking link will be available shortly. Please do come and support our competitors!

Mar
5
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Mar 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.

Mar
6
Tue
2018
Scotland 2030: Growing up in Future Scotland @ Scottish Parliament
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Futures Forum’s investigation into Scotland’s culture and society in the future continues
with a discussion of childhood in Scotland both now and in the future. With our shared aim of
making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, what is life really like for our children
and young people? How will technology continue to change the experience of childhood?

Chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Scotland’s Futures Forum chair.

Further details to follow. Part of the Futures Forum’s Scotland 2030 Programme.

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Scotland 2030: Future Learning and Schooling @ Scottish Parliament
Mar 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

The Goodison Group in Scotland continues its exploration of schooling and learning in the
future. Bringing together representatives from business, government and education, this event
will take a close look at the early years and their effect on learning and attainment throughout
life.

Chaired by Sir Andrew Cubie, Scotland’s Futures Forum director.

Further details to follow. Part of the Futures Forum’s Scotland 2030 Programme.

Mar
21
Wed
2018
The “New Dementia”: Widening Choices for Future Support @ Scottish Parliament
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Scotland’s Futures Forum and the CPG on Dementia as they host a discussion on models of
housing and care for people with dementia. Speakers include Colm Cunningham, director of the
Dementia Centre of the Australian charity HammondCare. The event follows a project involving
Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities on housing and care models in different parts of the
world.

Chaired by Richard Lyle MSP, Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Dementia

Apr
2
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Apr 2 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.

Contact Us

The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875
Email: info@beltanenetwork.org

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