Show and Tell Nature – exciting new public engagement training for UWE students

Please note that this opportunity is only open to current students at the University of the West of England. 

Tired of live stream talks? Hoping for more imaginative online engagement events? We are too! That’s  why the Natural History Consortium (NHC) is partnering with UWE to co-create a series of exciting, innovative hybrid events for the Festival of Nature, supported by the UWE Bristol Fund.

We are looking for UWE undergraduate and postgraduate students to form a voluntary Show and Tell Nature Project team. Supported by NHC, students will work together to codesign, produce, market, and deliver the hybrid events. The student team will take part in expert led workshops, to gain the skills to design, prototype, test and deliver their own hybrid events.

The hybrid events will feature face-to-face engagement activities, which will be live streamed online so that remote audiences can ‘join in from home’. The events will provide fun opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about the natural world, while remaining COVID-19 safe.

Learning and skills development

The project will be an excellent opportunity for students to develop skills and experience in environmental communication, presentation, digital skills, and design principles.

Skills development
• Co-creative design principles – design insights research, ideation, prototyping, testing and iteration
• Digital marketing – students will be supported to promote their own events via social media
• Presentation and delivery – mentoring from NHC staff and partners

Experience
• Public engagement event delivery – including presentation and production roles
• Networking and learning from expert practitioners and leading organisations
• Complete design process from idea to delivery
• Peer-to-peer learning working collaboratively in small groups

Time commitment
We anticipate that involvement in the project will take a total of 7 days of your time.

Key dates:
We realise that student timetables are likely to change, so will try to be as flexible as possible with the workshop times.
• Wednesday 24th March, PM: Workshop 1
• Wednesday 14th April, PM: Workshop 2
• Wednesday 26th May, PM: Workshop 3 (event practice run)
• Sat 5th – Sat 12th June: Event delivery during the Festival of Nature

Location
Workshops 1 and 2 will take place remotely on zoom. Should it be safe to do so, the event delivery will take place “in person” in Bristol, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Should face-to-face teaching not resume, there will be opportunities to be involved in the project remotely.

The project partners
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration of 14 organisations working together on a shared mission: to develop, test and disseminate best practice to engage everyone with the environment and natural world. Our partnership brings together regional and national partners.

Application details
If you would like to be involved in the project, please complete the short application form found here: https://bnhc.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/show-and-tell-nature-student-application21

Deadline:
The application form will close at midnight on Wed 10th March. The NHC team will allocate places and will be in touch with applicants on Friday 12th March.


You can download a PDF version of the above here. If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process please email ellie@bnhc.org.uk