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Postgraduate Researcher Development


"I can present my research impactfully to a range of audiences."

In a research context, impact can be defined as success in persuading others to change what they do or think. As a researcher, it is your responsibility to persuade relevant audiences that your findings are important, and to explain clearly what you want those audiences to do differently. This could be fellow specialists, researchers in other fields, policy-makers, funding bodies, commercial organisations, schoolchildren, and so on.

Good presentation and communication skills are vital to disseminating your research at conferences or events, forming useful connections with fellow researchers, promoting (your) research publicly and being successful in meetings and interviews. The setting can vary, but the skills remain similar: you might be talking in a lecture theatre, a YouTube video, a recording booth, a meeting room, etc.

We provide a range of development opportunities in this area, through both workshops on communicating and presenting and online resources.

For a specific focus on public engagement, see the Engaged Researcher programme.