Unlock your leadership potential with our new leadership training programme

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If you're an environmental scientist and interested in developing your leadership skills and knowledge and expertise in inclusive practice in public engagement, come take part in our training and development programme.

The Inclusive Leadership for Public Engagement training programme

Inclusive Leadership for Public Engagement Programme is a short training and development course run by the University of Bath's Public Engagement Unit and public engagement consultancy Gurukula. The programme aims to support the development of inclusive leaders for public engagement in environmental research.

Who is this programme for?

If you're a passionate environmental science researcher eager to make a real impact with your work, considering how to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in your research and public engagement and want to enhance your leadership skills, then this programme is for you!

The programme is open to all researchers based at ANY research or higher education institution working in Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) research fields.

Programme outline

The programme will use an action-led approach where you will be asked to bring along a 'live project' or 'goal' that you will work on with the facilitators, mentors and your peers through the programme.

There will be three main teaching blocks, plus an introductory workshop and a wrap-up workshop at the end of the programme.

Key highlights include:

  • Inclusivity in Public Engagement practice - explore diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the context of public engagement with research. Develop strategies and practical methods to embed DEI in your practice.
  • Inclusive influence and leadership - develop your communication, collaboration, and decision-making skills to drive impactful research and public engagement initiatives.
  • Creating an inclusive research culture - learn the art of leading diverse teams and fostering an inclusive work environment.

Programme dates

Taking place online across 12 weeks between February 2024 to May 2024. Each block will involve a two-hour participatory workshop, a one-hour session with your mentor, and some self-directed time.

We anticipate the entire programme will take around fourteen hours of contact time (e.g., workshops and mentoring) across the three-month period. We’d recommend allowing for an average of one and a half hours per week.

  • Programme orientation: Thursday 1 February 2024, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Inclusive public engagement practice: Friday 16 February 2024, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Inclusive influence and leadership: Wednesday 6 March 2024, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Creating an inclusive research culture: Thursday 18 April 2024, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Programme close: Thursday 16 May 2024, 10 am – 12 pm

How to apply

A total of 20 places are available on the Inclusive Leadership for Public Engagement Programme. Applicants are asked to fill in the Inclusive Leadership for Public Engagement Programme application form. Applicants must fulfil two key eligibility criteria:

  • You must be aligned to NERC's science remit - but do not need to be working on NERC-funded research
  • You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for NERC funding

Find out more

Check out our full programme outline and some FAQs with this Inclusive Leadership Programme outline.


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 14 November, 2023. Applicants will be notified of their place on the programme no later than Friday 8 December 2023.


Full details of how to apply for this training opportunity can be found on the Inclusive Leadership for Public Engagement Programme Guide.

Helen Featherstone is Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath.

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