Free training opportunity for PhD students working on air pollution

Posted on 4 January 2017

Are you a PhD student working on air pollution? Would you like to gain experience engaging the public with this complex issue? We are offering 10 free training opportunities, where PhD students will work with researchers at the University of Leeds, Sheffield and York, and public engagement specialists TCV (The Conservation Volunteers), to design and deliver a public engagement event about air pollution.

What will the training involve?

You will begin by attending a three day residential training course at TCV's flagship education centre Skelton Grange, near Leeds. At this course you will gain skills in methods for public engagement, and practical knowledge about event organisation (including evaluation, communicating complex results, safeguarding, risk assessments). This will be on the 7th-9th February 2017. After the training you will undertake five days of placement at a TCV office in Leeds or York during February and March. Here you will shadow TCV staff as they engage with the public. The training will equip you with the skills to work together with another PhD student to organise and run a public engagement activity of your choosing.


You must be studying for a PhD at the University of York, Leeds or Sheffield, in an area related to air pollution. You must be available to attend the training course on the 7th 8th and 9th of February. You must be available to attend a further five days of placement in Leeds or York, plus your engagement activity. You will also be expected to keep a short diary to reflect on your experiences of the project.

We will cover travel and subsistence costs associated with the residential training course, and will provide accommodation for the 6th, 7th and 8th of February in a hostel close to Skelton Grange.

How to apply

We expect demand for this ten places to be high, so if you would like to be considered, please send a maximum of 400 words explaining a) your area of PhD research and b) why you would like to be involved in the project, to our project administrator Emma Williams ( and our project lead Sarah West ( by the 19th January. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 23rd January.