Promotion of public understanding
Research Skills required by PhD students E4: Contribute to promoting the public understanding of...
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9 March 2010
Research Skills required by PhD students E4: Contribute to promoting the public understanding of one's research field
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Can you articulate three ways in which research in your domain typically benefits the public, and can you explain how those benefits are achieved?
- 'Who cares'?:
- Can you identify who is likely to benefit from your research and how they might benefit?
- Can you relate your research to a specific 'everyday' problem that it might address, whether directly or indirectly?
- Can you explain your research intelligibly to a 14 year old?
- Can you write a 5- to 10-sentence description of your research in simple sentences, without any jargon?
- Can you draw a cartoon of your research?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- A short article about your research published in a newsletter, magazine, newspaper.
- A well-designed and well written description of your research on your personal web page.
- A contribution on your subject area to wikipedia or similar.
- A record of giving a public lecture on your research.
- A record of participation in outreach activities in schools or elsewhere in the community.
- Evidence of participation in an Open Day, Science Festival or other events.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.