Written by Dr Kathy Barrett, University Lead for Research Staff Development
Is there anyone out there who does not want to be heard? As an academic finding a way to engage others with your work is vital. When we sit in a research seminar listening to an eloquent and illuminating speaker we typically enjoy the experience so much more than we do with those who haven’t quite mastered the art. When we read a beautifully crafted description of research, be it a paper, monograph or book, we derive almost as much pleasure from the writing as we do from the content. My experience of such papers, and yes, even as a scientist I have read some like this, is that I have instantly wanted to meet the author. How many of us wish that we could be that speaker or writer!
The Research Staff Event 2017 is all about finding the secret to effective communication, with fellow academics about your research, with others within the university setting about how we work together and with the wider world about the work we do and the benefits of that work to society. There will be workshops at the event addressing a wide variety of areas and modes of communication. There will be something to suit all, and also to explore new methods that could be your key to unlocking the door to more effective communication and new audiences.
To add an extra challenge and enhance your opportunity to put your learning into practice we are including a competition for the best communication produced on the day. The challenge is to produce an example of communication that gets the message across succinctly and effectively. In the afternoon workshops we invite you to work towards producing this example. It could be a series of tweets, a blog, a film, a written text, a busk, a public address, a film or anything else that can be submitted and viewed in two minutes or less.
The criteria for judging your competition entries are that your communication piece be engaging, informative and compulsive. Judging will happen at the event by our panel of experts and prizes awarded to the winning team. After the event we will upload all competition entries onto the event website so you can all view them. We may even run a people’s choice version!
Workshop places are limited. To ensure that you are able to submit an entry in your preferred medium, register for the Research Staff Event and your choice of workshop now! Deadline for registration is 10am on Wednesday 23rd August.
After the event we will be offering up to £2,000 through our King’s Community Fund for projects aimed at getting your voice as research staff heard within King’s. This could be, for example but not limited to, research into how we communicate, events or policy making. More information about the fund and a workshop on internal communication that will be held before the application deadline will be posted after the Research Staff Event on our website and in our newsletter.