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Communications and outreach module

Communications and Outreach module

COMP 41380

Dr Bridget Kelly, CLARITY Education and Outreach, 01 7162644

Mr Philip Smyth, SBI Education and Outreach, 01 7166975

What is outreach
What is outreach?

  • Reaching out to different audiences

  • Talking about your research

  • Consider demographics

Different audiences
Different audiences

  • Primary school

  • Secondary school

  • Third level

  • Fourth level

  • General public

  • Industry

  • Inreach

Why Outreach?

Communication skills needed by researchers, outreach activities give you those skills

Communication skills needed by researchers outreach activities give you those skills

Why Outreach?

Communication skills needed by researchers, outreach activities give you those skills

  • Want people to know

  • Want people to understand

  • If you can explain it to a 10 year old- you can explain it to anyone

  • Presentation skills

  • Funding agencies increasingly require outreach component

  • Enhances own understanding at fundamental level, gives perspective

  • Tailor talks- style, content, suitability (audience)

  • Value- collective- institute


Mondays- 11am in interactive hub, Conway

Tuesdays- 2pm in C113 Health Sciences

Outreach session- TBA

Overview of module
Overview of module

10 contact hours covering

  • Presentation skills, learning styles

  • Communication skills

  • Interactive presentation skills

  • Peer review skills

  • Expert speakers


To pass this module students need to:

  • Attend at least 80% of the workshops/seminars

  • Students must regularly submit to online blog- and submit a module report

Why primary level
Why primary level?

  • Easy to arrange

  • 10 years old- explain to anyone, blindside question

  • Supervisor focus

  • Perspective

Guest speakers
Guest Speakers

  • MrBarry Brophy- Presentation skills

  • Dr Geraldine O’Neill- Teaching and Learning

Mr barry brophy
Mr Barry Brophy

  • College lecturer in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering in UCD

  • Provides presentation skills training to companies mainly in the technical sector and gives courses in general presentation skills

Dr geraldine o neill
Dr Geraldine O’Neill

  • Teaching development officer in the UCD Centre for Teaching and Learning

  • She has been involved in the strategic development of teaching and learning in UCD and has supported many institutional teaching and learning projects


  • Take a look at YouTube, Ted, etc.

  • Look for own example of excellent speaker

  • Post links to speakers on blog


  • Examples will be discussed in the next session

  • Summary

    • What

    • Why

    • How

    • When