Masterclass speaker training programme

Find out more about the Masterclass speaker training programme being piloted in London, including how to apply.

Speaker training programme

The Masterclass team is piloting a speaker training programme in London to help new volunteers develop both workshop content and their science communication skills. Successful applicants will be guided through the process of developing and delivering an inspiring, interactive and theoretically deep workshop.

The Masterclass speaker training programme will include:

  • A visit to a Masterclass workshop to see an existing speaker in action
  • Support resources, including guidance on areas such as child safeguarding
  • Guided development of a workshop based on your chosen topic
  • Training sessions in communication, unconscious bias and classroom management
  • Individual support and advice on finalising your workshop
  • Opportunities to deliver your workshop in a Masterclass series
  • Feedback on your content and delivery with support to make improvements
  • Following successful completion of the training programme, inclusion in our London Masterclasses speaker pool

Your progression through the training programme will be tailored depending on your recent experience.

Masterclass visits will be arranged for February and March and will take place on a Saturday morning during school term-time. There will be two or three training sessions in March and April, either on a weekday evening or a Saturday morning. Time spent developing a session can vary depending on your topic and experience. Speakers who have successfully completed the programme can expect to deliver a Masterclass in the summer or autumn terms of 2018.

Who can be a speaker?

The main requirement for Masterclass speakers is enthusiasm for sharing their love of the STEM subjects, a good level of knowledge and the ability to communicate with young people. We have a range of Masterclass speakers from academia, education and industry, each bringing their own experiences to their chosen workshop. The students see a different speaker leading each of the workshops in their series, allowing them to meet a variety of role models and learn more about who is involved in these subject fields.

The Masterclass speaker training programme would particularly suit those who are early in their careers looking to extend their professional development but we welcome applications from anyone who is keen to get involved.

How to apply

We encourage potential speakers to attend the Masterclass taster evening on Thursday 25 January to gain an insight into the Masterclass programme. 

To apply to join the Masterclass speaker Training Programme, please download and complete the application form and email it to Applications should be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 1 February 2018; if you cannot make this deadline but still wish to apply, please get in touch. We can accept a limited number of applicants onto the training programme at this stage, but if the pilot is successful we will be looking to to extend this in the future.

If you are not based within reach of London and wish to find out more about speaking at a local Masterclass series please email us, stating the subject and level you are interested in and where you are based.

About Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Masterclass programme opens young people’s eyes to the diversity of mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, keen and talented young people who have been nominated by their teachers attend series of workshops to explore areas of these subjects outside their school experience. The programme aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the wonders and applications of these far-reaching subjects and to continue their interest and engagement into later life. Masterclasses are currently offered in Mathematics at Primary level and in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science at Secondary level. 

Other ways to get involved

Find out more about being a Masterclass helper or speaker.

Visit this page to volunteer as a helper in London.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering at a local Masterclass series elsewhere in the UK. Please let us know what level and subject you are interested in and where you are based.

Apply now

Download the application form below.

Apply by sending the completed application form to 

Closing date for applications: 17:00, Thursday 1 February. If you cannot make this deadline but still wish to apply please get in touch.

Find out more about the Masterclass programme