Public engagement training

Online public engagement training - autumn 2021

We're running some online public engagement training this autumn - these are an opportunity for our members to gain new skills and to get involved in National Pathology Week in November. 

The two sessions on 23 September and 7 October will be delivered by trainers from the Science Museum Group, who have also developed this bespoke training course especially for the College.

This free course is open to all RCPath Fellows and trainees although places are limited to 15.

Those who sign up will need to attend both sessions and agree to participate in a short online careers event for schools in November. They will also need to prepare a 'first version' of their talk to share with the group between the first and second sessions. 

Timings will be 14:00 - 16:00 on 23 September and 14:30 - 16:00 on 7 October. 

Participants on this course can expect to gain skills in developing and delivering public engagement talks and activities for school students aged 13 to 18. They will also develop a short ‘Meet the Pathologist/ Scientist’ interactive talk for secondary school students, which they will deliver at one of a number of online careers events the College is running in November..

Use of break-out rooms in Zoom, during the second of the two sessions, will give participants the chance to review each others’ talks ahead of the school events.

To book please email and let us know your name, job title, employer and specialty.

In-person public engagement training

These one-day training sessions are aimed at RCPath members and are developed and delivered by a team of public engagement experts from the Science Museum Group. There are two levels - standard and advanced. Each of these is usually run once a year. We are unable to confirm the dates of the next in-person public engagement training at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Standard Public Engagement Training

  • This is run once a year; this was last held in March 2020 at the Royal College of Pathologists in London
  • 5 CPS credits available for attending
  • The next in-person training session will take place in Spring 2022 - date tbc. 

The standard level is aimed at those who are interested in volunteering at, and organising, different public engagement events with a range of different audiences. The training will cover how to plan events, how to identify your audience, and how to cater for different learning styles. It offers an excellent opportunity to generate event ideas that you can take away to replicate yourself or pass on to colleagues. 

Eligibility for booking

  • Places are limited and priority will be given to members of the College, although laboratory scientists and staff will also be considered.
  • If you would like to take part in the training for free, you will need to organise or help facilitate two public engagement activities in the year after your training date. You can also opt to pay for the training if you do not wish to agree to running two events within a year - the fee is £150.00
  • There are limited travel bursaries available for eligible applicants. Please contact us in the first instance to express your interest in these.

Please email for more information and to sign up. Please provide your full name, role/title and place of work.

Advanced Public Engagement Training

  • The advanced public engagement training is usually run once a year and the date of it is linked to the timings of the Science Museum's Late events (see below)
  • The date of the next session is tbc
  • 15 places available for those who have already taken part in the standard level
  • 8 CPD credits for attending

The advanced level is only for those who have already taken part in the standard level of training. The training will use the Science Museum 'Lates' event to explore the way science communicators put their ideas into action. Participants then have the opportunity, in collaboration with specialists from the Science Museum, to develop and present an idea for one of the Science Museum's 'Late' event. Some of the attendees of the advanced training go on to deliver activities at a relevant 'Late' event at the Science Museum.

Eligibility for booking

  • Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no fee for this training but attendees must be able to attend both parts of the training, and have attended the College's standard level training beforehand.
  • There are limited travel bursaries available for eligible applicants. Please contact us in the first instance to express your interest in these.

How to apply

When dates for the training are announced you can apply to attend the advanced training by emailing with your full name, role/title and place of work. Note you need to have attended the standard-level public engagement training to be eligible for a place. If you need help covering travel, please mention it then.