Science Week and Lates event at Eureka! Halifax

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire are hosting a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week.

Alongside our own events we are looking for STEM professionals with a passion for inspiring and enthusing primary age children (and grown-ups!) to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations about their stories, work, innovation or research, and engage the school groups and families that visit us. Eureka! is celebrating British Science Week from 8th – 15th March with the exception of 11th March as the museum is closed.

In addition to our family and school events, Eureka! is also hosting an adults only Late event on 7th March from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Again we are looking for people to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations and talk to our visitors about their work.

For further information please contact Chris Snowden, STEM & Public Engagement Manager via email:

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!


The sixth annual Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities – the possibilities are endless. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. We are really excited to see what you come up with this year!

There are three main pathways to getting involved:

  1. ‘Small Awards’: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.
  2. ‘Hub Awards’: apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)
  3. ‘Open Call’: organise an activity that does not require funding.

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website:

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 8 April.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider getting involved/taking part again in 2019.

Posted on behald of Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities
Twitter: #BeingHuman19

Sense about Science Media free workshop for researchers (Manchester 29 March)

Sense about Science is delighted to announce that applications are open for the popular ‘Standing up for Science’ workshop.

Early career researchers are invited to join us in Manchester on 29 March 2019. (5 priority places allocated to UoM researchers).

This free workshop is aimed at early career researchers in all social sciences and STEM fields (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent welcome). At these day-long events, participants get the chance to hear directly from and ask questions of: researchers with experience in public engagement, science journalists, and policymakers. It is an opportunity to learn how the media works, how evidence can inform policy, what journalists and policymakers want and need from researchers, and how to involve the public in communicating your research.

Details and registration for the workshop at:
(Applications of interest due: 28 February 2019)

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions at all: Hamid Khan –

Hamid Khan
Public Engagement Coordinator

Call For Action – Heritage Futures

Manchester Museum is looking to support new programmes, projects or events that respond to its new Heritage Futures exhibition and are inviting community groups, creative practitioners and researchers to put forward their ideas.

They are interested in ideas that are original, ambitious in scale, or would allow you to try something new, and are keen to support people or groups who might not have delivered events before. Manchester Museum are looking to support applications that meet the following criteria:

  • Respond to any of the four Heritage Futures themes
  • Reflect their values and ambition to become the UK’s most caring, imaginative and accessible museum
  • Contribute to their vision to build a sustainable future and understanding between cultures

What Manchester Museum are offering:

  • A simple application process with minimal paper work and a speedy response
  • The option to apply for a small grant of up to £1,000 to support the development and delivery of your idea
  • Support from a member of the team to help you to work on your idea and manage the financial side of things

For further information and to apply, visit:

We are running a number of Heritage Studio Information Sessions at Manchester Museum. Please feel free to drop by or email to find out more:

  • Wednesday 13 February: 3-4pm
  • Monday 18 February: 11am-12noon
  • Saturday 9 March: 11am-2pm

Anna Bunney | Engagement Manager (Part-Time) | Manchester Museum | The University of Manchester

BBSRC Impact Writing Competition 2019

Are you aware of inspiring research, supported by BBSRC, making a real, tangible difference to people’s lives?

The BBSRC Impact Writing Competition is an opportunity for PhD students and early-career researchers to produce an impact case study to showcase the tangible impact of research that depends on BBSRC investments in research, training and capability.

Case studies do not necessarily need to be based on your own project; it can be about any BBSRC-funded research/impact you are aware of, providing you can write about it accurately and in an engaging manner.

Deadline: 18 March 2019, 17:00

Find out more here:

Manchester Access Programme (MAP) now recruiting academic staff and PhD students as academic tutors for 2019

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is now recruiting academic members of staff or PhD students for academic tutors for 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the social responsibility goals of the University whilst also further developing your one-to-one tutoring

What is MAP?
MAP is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of talented local sixth form (Year 12) students into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our website. We are hoping to recruit approximately 640 students on the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two A-level grade reduction (or equivalent) towards an admissions offer from The University of Manchester and a scholarship, each MAP student must complete an academic assignment. The academic assignment is 1,500 words on a topic of their choice and will help them to develop the essential research and academic writing skills needed to be a successful university student.

MAP Academic Tutors
Being a MAP Academic Tutor involves supporting 1- 6 MAP students during their time on the scheme, and overseeing their completion of the academic assignment. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student and the marking of their draft and final assignment.

  • Thursday 2 May – First Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to introduce themselves and to arrange a time for the first meeting.
  • Thursday 2 May – Thursday 6 June – First Meeting – To agree on an appropriate assignment title and go through the expectations and learning outcomes of the assignment process. (45 minutes)
  • Wednesday 26 June – Second Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to contact to arrange the second meeting
  • July – Mark Draft Assignment – Mark the draft assignment through Blackboard. You must provide feedback by Tuesday 13 August. (2 hours)
  • Wednesday 10 July – Tuesday 13 August – Second Meeting To give feedback to the students regarding the draft they should have submitted to you and to highlight areas for improvement. (45 minutes)
  • August – Mark Final Assignment – Mark the final assignment through Blackboard. You must provide assignment marks by Sunday 9 September. (1.5 hours)

Payment is £60 per student you tutor. These are paid in two £30 instalments – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been marked through Blackboard.

If you are interested in becoming a MAP Academic Tutor, then please complete the online application form. Application closing date is midnight on Sunday 3 February 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-February.

How applications are considered
Although we would hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee that by completing the application you will be able to tutor on the programme next year.

Priority will be given to the following;

  1. Individuals that indicate they can tutor in subject areas that are in demand for the 2019 cohort. (As we are still recruiting students for 2019, we are still unsure of subject demand and how many tutors are required for each discipline).
  2. Individuals that have previously applied to be an Academic Tutor however have not been offered this opportunity.
  3. We will then consider how well an individual has met the person specification on their application.

Person Specification

  • Experience of working with young adults or young people under the age of 18, delivering mentoring, tutoring, outreach or enrichment activities.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), demonstrating the ability to understand and adapt to different learning styles to communicate in a way that is clear and engaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of developing positive and professional relationships with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to offer advice, support and guidance in a constructive, positive and non-judgmental way.

DBS and Training
All new tutors MUST have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to work as an academic tutor on MAP. This is to ensure we are working in line with the University of Manchester’s Child Protection Policy. If you are successful in being offered this role, and you do not currently have a DBS check, then you will be invited to complete a DBS check by the MAP team in February.

All new tutors must also attend a compulsory tutor training session. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during February and March and, if we are able to offer you a tutoring role, will be in touch to let you know when they are running. You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any queries.

Posted on behalf of: The MAP Team | Manchester Access Programme | Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation| Directorate for the Student Experience | 2.054 The Rutherford Building | Coupland Street | The University of Manchester | Manchester |M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 6505

PGR Applications of Interest – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2019 – Win £500

Once again the University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

3MT challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions and put forward one winner per participating institution for the national finals. The University of Manchester is one of around 40 institutions participating in 2019.

Why Take Part?
3MT develops your academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of your capacity to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. You will have access to exclusive 3MT presentation training.

Oh and don’t forget the prizes: £500 winner, £100 runner up, and £100 audience favourite

Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first 3MT presentation in the heats. You must be able to attend at least one of the scheduled Heats and, if successful, the University Final. Read the full set of rules and the judging criteria.

How to apply
Applications will officially open on February 1st 2019. To receive a link to the registration form and further details by email on this date please contact me ( to register your interest.

Important Dates
Participant training: Feb 26th
Heats: March 21-29
Finalist Training: May 14th
Final: May 22nd

*prizes are paid in Amazon vouchers.

Open Call: Arts and Health – Late event, 6 March 20919

The Science and Industry Museum are hosting their next adult Late event on Wednesday 6 March. It will explore the connection between physical and mental healthcare and the arts. They are looking for event contributors – researchers, practitioners, artists and performers to deliver interactive activities, creative projects and performances.

Full details in attached PDF – Arts and Health Late

Deadline for expressing interest: 4 February 2019

For more information contact Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Science and Industry Museum.