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Professional course

Science Communication: Connecting people and creating events

About this course

Course code:
Z51000096
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
The course will run entirely online, using UWE's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Duration:
10 weeks (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks).
Delivery:
Online only

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Introduction

Science Communication: Connecting people and creating events is a short introductory online course created to offer professional development for people new to science communication who want to develop their skills and knowledge in science communication practice. This course is run entirely online and is designed to be accessible to participants from around the world.

The course is taught over a 10 week period. This includes eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks to enable those working as well as studying to manage their workload. Each weekly 'unit' will have opportunities for independent and directed learning, including online lectures, group activities and self-assessment opportunities. In addition, there will be five online tutorials involving Science Communication Unit staff.

The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE Bristol's popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes.

Course tutors

Dr Ann Grand, Associate Lecturer in Science Communication

Dr Clare Wilkinson, Associate Professor in Science Communication, Co-Director of the Science Communication Unit

Dr Emma Weitkamp, Associate Professor in Science Communication, Co-Director of the Science Communication Unit

Dr Erik Stengler, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication

Laura Fogg-Rogers, Research Fellow in Science Communication

Dr Margarida Sardo, Research Fellow in Science Communication

Learn more about the course and meet the tutors by watching our introductory video.

Further details are also available in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at people new to science communication as well as those with some experience. Participants will need to be comfortable reading, listening and writing in English.

Structure

Content

Topics for the course

  • The historical and social contexts of science communication
  • Understanding audiences
  • Project planning
  • Project management
  • Designing face-to-face activities
  • Facilitation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Working with the media
  • Evaluation

The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE Bristol's popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes.

Study time

The course is designed to focus on independent learning and self-directed activities. The course is taught over a 10 week period (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks).

Each weekly taught unit includes approximately 10 hours of learning activities, which you can work on at times that suit you. The only exception to this are the two live seminars linked to two units. We know that many participants will be fitting the course around work and other commitments, so we have timetabled the two private study weeks, with no timetabled activities, to allow you to catch up with anything you might have missed.

Features

Study facilities

Registered participants will have access to the UWE's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will also have full Library access for the duration of the course through which you can access UWE's online books, journals and other resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Once you are accepted onto the course, fees are paid by credit/ debit card via the UWE online store.

  • £750 Full standard fee for single online course 'Science Communication: Connecting people and creating events'
  • £600 Concessionary fee* for single online course 'Science Communication: Connecting people and creating events'

Please note: if you also wish to take the online course Science Communication: Online and Media Writing a discount on course fees is available.

  • £1350 Full standard fee for both
  • £1080 Concessionary course fee* for both.

*The concessionary rate of is applicable for UWE Bristol staff and alumni, students, the unemployed or those whose salary is less than £15,000 per annum. To qualify for the concessionary rate you must provide some evidence of your eligibility for the reduced rate. Please email this evidence to science.communication@uwe.ac.uk as soon as possible after you submit your registration form.

Cancellation policy

In the event that you are unable to participate in the course please notify science.communication@uwe.ac.uk as soon as possible. In the case that it is not possible to identify a replacement there will be associated fee penalties:

  • withdrawal over two weeks in advance - no penalty
  • between one and two weeks in advance - 50% of total fee
  • less than one week in advance - no reimbursement of fee.

Dates

15 January 2018 - 25 March 2018

How to apply

How to apply

Online application for the course starting 15 January 2018 is now open.

Your application will be reviewed within two weeks of submission and you will be informed via email whether you have been allocated a place on the course. At this point you will need to pay the associated fees (until the fees are paid, your registration is not confirmed).

Please note: Only registrations for a named individual will be accepted. It is not appropriate to book a generic place on behalf of an institution, and decide at a later date which member of staff will be allocated to attend. This is because, in our experience, the eligibility criteria and preferences relate to the individual, not the institution.

If you would like to be kept informed of future course opportunities, please register your interest by sending a short email mentioning the course to the address below.

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