Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21 – paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students.

WP Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events and resources for young people, their parents, carers and teachers including:

  • Subject taster workshops and lectures;
  • Academic Study Skills e.g. essay writing, research skills;
  • Student Life activities, teaching and learning at university;
  • School and college careers events;
  • Delivering “Why Study” talks in Schools/Colleges;
  • Developing resources and delivering online sessions.

Hours and Pay:
The period of employment is from October – July (10 months). Most WP Fellows complete between 20 to 70 hours, but this is flexible depending on your workload and availability. Fellows are paid monthly, at an hourly rate, currently of £13.43 per hour.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and a two minute video of an elevator pitch about their research for Year 10/11 pupils (ages 14 to 16).

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application form by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

Find out more:
Full application and submission details here.

Roles are available for PhD students in all three faculties and are managed by the Academic Enrichment Officers for each Faculty (listed below):

Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday

We have appointed an artist to respond to the printed copy of the Human Genome, one of only three copies, which is held in The University of Manchester NHS FT library on Oxford Road. Our artist in residence, Andee Collard, has made images to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday: https://dna-day.org/images/

That page also has a little outline by the artist about what he is doing: The human genome as recorded in the Unversity’s printed volumes is sequenced fully but not yet completely interpreted. The work that I’m making confronts the anachronisms inherent with this subject. I’m interested in working with visual metaphors related to this vast research area. Everything about DNA is fascinating and my perceptions shift constantly. The micro macro of the topic has encouraged me to work across media, exploring new areas of work and methods of working. I am making oil paintings from documentary photographs, digital/analogue hybrid animations and using generative code. I see DNA as a maze filled a series of metaphors where understanding leads to more questions. I’m relishing the task of exploring the different paths.

The images and link are tweeted, here: https://twitter.com/DNADay1/status/1286584305037312000

Posted on behalf of Professor Jerome de Groot, English, American Studies and Creative Writing, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester

Bluedot to host free virtual festival with live music, science and cosmic culture this weekend

A Weekend In Outer Space includes sets from Orbital, Elbow and Anna Matronic’s Deep Space Disco as well as album listening parties with Tim Burgess (including Doves and New Order).

A Weekend In Outer Space will be raising money for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, the award-winning science centre at the observatory, which has been closed in recent months.

A Weekend In Outer Space will take place on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020 at aweekendinouterspace.com. It is free to view.

Being Human festival: open call deadline extended to 3 July 2020

The chance to apply for funding may have passed but there is still time to get involved with Being Human festival 2020 (12-22 November)! Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Through our Open Call we are currently welcoming applications for events and activities that do not require funding from us (e.g. made possible through existing funds or a grant from your institution). To enable as many people as possible to take part we have just extended the deadline for Open Call applications to Friday 3 July.

Participating in the festival is a fantastic way to reach new audiences, form new partnerships and collaborations, champion the importance of research in humanities subjects (including history, languages, classics, art history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and so on…), and be part of a nationwide celebration exploring this year’s timely festival theme ‘New Worlds’.

Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/open-call/

We know that thinking about and planning future events is very challenging at the moment, so we have also just shared a piece on our website with some ideas and practical tips about how to think through planning online and socially-distanced engagement events and activities: https://beinghumanfestival.org/festival-planning-covid19/

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Communications Officer, Being Human team


Makefest at home

May half term is always the Science and Industry Museum’s big celebration of making, engineering, crafting and creating, culminating with our festival of making, Makefest.

Although the museum is currently closed and Makefest cannot go ahead as normal, we still want to engage our audiences and encourage as many people as possible to get creative at home.

So this year we are bringing Makefest to our social media channels using #Makefestathome and we would love you to get involved. From 25-29 May, we will be sharing photos and videos of things we have made at home and challenging everyone to do the same.

Each day will have a new themed challenge, inspired by Science Museum group learning resources. You can find out more here.

We’d love it if you could join in, make something and share photos and videos of what you’ve made with us on Twitter (@sim_manchester), Instagram (@scienceandindustrymuseum) or on our Facebook event (scienceandindustrymuseum) using the hashtag.

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Science and Industry Museum