Communications Skills series

Three half-day modules (register for 1, 2 or all 3) with optional follow-up coaching

Communication Skills series

Analysis doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We want the results of our work to have an impact – to enable organisations to improve the services they deliver, and the outcomes for patients. To achieve this, it’s vital that we have the ability to get our messages across to different audiences. Yet tasked with ‘communication’, many of us don’t know where to start!

This series of three short courses will help you to write clearly, structure your work better, plan the communication of projects right from the start, and feel more confident about giving presentations. You can register for all three courses or you can just register for the ones you are most interested in. The Clear Writing module is a good foundation for the others but not essential.

There’s also optional follow-up coaching for all attendees; choose which aspect you’d like to explore further.

Suitable for:

  • Analysts who are new to the environment and would like writing and planning support
  • More experienced analysts who want to refresh their knowledge, be given helpful pointers, or take time out to reflect on another aspect of work.

Your trainers: Campus PR

Campus PR is an agency specialising in expert communications and public relations services to leaders in higher education and research. We help our clients reach specific target audiences and stakeholders; to deliver new partnerships and funding opportunities; and to raise their media profile.

Based in Leeds and London, our senior consultants all have backgrounds in PR, journalism, and copywriting, and have worked for and with organisations in healthcare, higher education and the public sector.

The course has three Modules available and will take place online.

Dates available:

  • Module 1: Clear Writing
    • Friday 16th September 2022
    • Tuesday 20th September 2022
  • Module 2: Comms planning
    • Tuesday 4th October 2022
    • Friday 14th October 2022
  • Module 3: Presenting your findings
    • Tuesday 8th November 2022
    • Friday 18th November 2022
  • Module 4: Available on request one-to-one coaching

Online application: Please register for the available Modules and dates using the links below

Please see below for details of Sessions

Module 1 - Clear writing

Dates available: 

  • Friday 16th September 2022
  • Tuesday 20th September 2022

Duration: 3.5 hours – half a day, workshop for up to 12 people

Get your messages across, first time. How to find the heart of the story and structure your pieces. Rules of clear writing: using simpler and shorter sentences; avoiding jargon; communicating with a non-specialist audience. Includes real life examples of what not to do and touches briefly on visuals.

Module 2 - Comms planning

Dates available: 

  • Tuesday 4th October 2022
  • Friday 14th October 2022

Duration: 3.5 hours – half a day, workshop for up to 12 people

Plan your project from the start to make an impact. This training module includes strategic planning, identifying and prioritising your audiences, and choosing the right communications channels (including meetings, webinars, blogs, conferences, media outreach and social media). How to shape projects, find milestones to communicate information about what you are doing, and ultimately promote your work to the right people.

Module 3 - Presenting your findings

Dates available:

  • Tuesday 8th November 2022
  • Friday 18th November 2022

Duration: 3.5 hours – half a day, workshop for up to 12 people

Creating valuable and engaging presentations that resonate with your audience and get your messages across. How to pull out key messages from your work, and make sure they are understandable – and actionable – by the audiences you want to reach. Structure and presentation, engaging with decision makers, calling for ‘next steps’ and following up. This will touch on speaking skills and physical aspects of presenting to an audience including pace, tone and language.

Module 4 – optional - One-to-one Coaching

Available on request

1 hour of support, including critiquing, editing and follow-up, will be made available for each participant leading to a particular outcome.

You can ask us to:

  • Help you to write an article for the contributor page of the DSN website
  • Support you in devising a communications plan for a specific project
  • Help you to develop a 5-10 min presentation for the Analyst Network Huddle
  • Review your presentation and give you 1:1 coaching in delivering your findings.

For more information about this course, please contact:

Training & Development Operational Lead, Rachel Caswell