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Promoting your research in the media – Royal Society-led workshop 7-8 Feb 2019 – apply now

UC will be hosting the Science Media Centre’s first Science Media SAVVY workshop for 2019 over two days, 7-8 February, on UC’s Ilam campus.

Applications will close on 10 January 2019, so please get your application in before Christmas to avoid a rush after the holidays. It’s an excellent workshop, which Professors Tim Bell, Angus McIntosh, Jon Harding and other participants can attest to.

Entry to Science Media SAVVY workshops is by selection. There is usually high demand for the 12 available places in each SAVVY workshop.

What is it?
The Royal Society’s Science Media Centre leads a highly acclaimed series of media and communication skills workshops for researchers and scientists (including all those who use scientific methods in their research – not exclusively engineering and science disciplines) across New Zealand.

Participants gain practical techniques to improve communication, deal with nerves, adapt their message to their audience and respond effectively when an interview becomes challenging. The workshop offers strategies to successfully navigate a range of media encounters, with take-home lessons that also apply to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach.

Evaluation survey results showed that most participants have ongoing, positive contacts with media following the workshop, feel more confident and effective as communicators and can identify impacts on their careers including new research collaborations.

Successful applicants for the workshop will be:

– Currently active researchers, in any field, employed in New Zealand
– Able to identify a research project or area of expertise of potential interest to media
– Experienced with media and/or likely to encounter media interest in future
– Highly motivated to strengthen their communication skills and confidence levels

Course fees for the two-day workshop are $595 +GST. (There may be additional needs-based funding support available – refer to the application form.)

Please contact Margaret Agnew if you have any questions about the Media SAVVY course (or you require media training or media advice).

Free careers seminar for parents of teens

Guiding teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world can be a challenge, but UC’s Careers team can help.

Its free Parents as Career Educators seminars are on in August, where UC Career Consultants will talk with parents and caregivers of secondary school aged students (Years 9-13) about how to support their rangatahi in making informed decisions about their futures. 

The seminars will cover:

  • The world of work: looking forward
  • How to make informed career decisions now and in the future
  • How parents can assist
  • Career development resources 

This seminar will be held in the Engineering Core on UC’s Ōtautahi Christchurch campus at 7pm on Thursday 9 August and repeated on 16 and 23 August – so choose the one date that suits you best. 

UC staff and their friends are welcome to attend. Register online via the events website.