Refugees & Mentors are recruiting volunteers for our Mentoring Project

Mentoring supports refugees to improve their employment prospects and get jobs.

In its 3rd year, the Mentoring Project supports people with refugee status in a wide range of employment areas, including applying for jobs, interview skills, UK work experience and accessing other services.

Volunteers need to have at least 15 years UK work experience and live in Salford, Manchester or near by. Mentoring is provided in the early evening or during the day, depending on volunteers availability.

See R&M Volunteer Mentor Advert Sept 2019 (pdf) for more details.

For more information telephone 07747080523. Deadline to apply: Thursday 3rd October 2019

Posted on behalf of Lindsay Gilbert, Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager, The University of Manchester

Join the Inclusive Science Engagement Network

The British Science Association are looking for people in science engagement roles to join our network to share learning around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and support widespread change across science engagement.

Key details:

  • The network is for people based in science engagement organisation, have experience of running science engagement activities, and are committed to EDI
  • Applications are open until 09:00 on Thursday 4 October 2019
  • Members will be appointed in Autumn 2019
  • There will be three half-day network meetings per year, and a monitoring framework to follow between meetings.
  • The BSA will reimburse all travel and expenses associated with membership
  • The BSA will provide each member funding of up to £2,000 per year for them to trial projects, cover staff time, or attend training

We will appoint up eight members, who will follow a programme designed to:

  • Build confidence, expertise and leadership around EDI in science engagement
  • Capture EDI learning that can be shared across science engagement contexts
  • Build connections between science engagement and other sectors working on EDI
  • Create advocates for change within science engagement.

This group will use an action learning and case-study approach to demonstrate change, and to put structures in place which improve their approach to EDI and make their activities more inclusive.

Find full details and apply here:

Posted on behalf of Fembe Nanji-Rowe, Cultural Development Project Officer, The British Science Association

Public Contributor Induction Session 22nd October

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be hosting the next Faculty Public Contributor Induction Session in October. The session is relevant for both new and experienced public contributors and will take place on the 22 October 10-1pm. Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement, will be hosting.

The Induction will cover all aspects of being a public contributor within the Faculty including presentations from a public contributor, researcher, lecturer, and members of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement team.

The presentations will provide attendees with information regarding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement within the Faculty plus the role of a Public Contributor within that area. Attendees will also have the option to attend a social media training course run by a member of the Faculty’s digital marketing team which will take place approximately 2-3pm after a lunch break.

Attending the induction session is optional and reasonable travel expenses (up to £10) will be provided. For further information including registration details please visit the following Eventbrite link If you have any technical issues or you would like to register by phone or email please contact or telephone 0161 275 7700. Please note you don’t need to attend both sessions and can just attend the social media session if you have already attended the Induction Session.

Further information including the confirmed programme will be sent to registered attendees via email a week before the session. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

We plan to organise two/three induction sessions per year, if you are unable to attend the October session and would like to be contacted when future session dates are confirmed please contact and we will add you to our Induction Session distribution list.

Lunch will be provided, for dietary (vegetarians will automatically be catered for), accessibility or other specific requests please contact or call 0161 275 7700 by 15th October.

Posted on behalf of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

AHRC launches new event series for the arts and humanities research community

From November 2019 to February 2020, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will be touring the UK with a series of free one day events packed with panel sessions, speakers and networking opportunities.

Register here.

The events will help researchers, research offices, communications, policy and public engagement professionals get a deeper insight into our newly launched Delivery Plan and meet the team from AHRC.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear top tips from industry experts on how to engage key audiences with ground-breaking research and explore how our community can work together to champion the arts and humanities, tackle contemporary issues and generate impact.

The ‘Meet the Arts and Humanities Research Council’ events will run approximately from 10am – 5pm, with an additional evening reception for those who would like to attend. Events will take place at the following locations:

Cardiff University – 6 November 2019
University of Strathclyde – 10 December 2019
The University of Manchester – 9 January 2020

There will also be an event in London in spring 2020. Full details will be released and registration for this event will open shortly.

A full agenda for the day will be released approximately one month before each event.

Find out more here.

UKRI Citizen science exploration grants

UKRI have launched a new funding call for citizen science exploration grants. The a call is designed to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

Application window: 01 October 2019, 00:00 – 12 November 2019, 16:00

Full eligibility and guidance available at:

About the call
Citizen science is an important way in which diverse groups of people can participate in research and innovation, whether through collecting data, analysing data, or helping researchers and innovators to develop better questions. At UKRI, we are now making a long-term commitment to citizen science in our public engagement vision. Citizen science can potentially add value to almost any project. Yet embedding citizen science methods into the routine way that science is done requires a capacity building approach, where projects that are unfamiliar with citizen science are supported to assess their capacity and need for citizen science.

Up to 20 successful applicants will be awarded up to £20,000 (100% fEC) each to conduct explorative work that will help groups to develop opportunities for building citizen science methodologies into their research. These projects must be conducted between 16 December 2019 and 30 April 2020. This could form the basis of future projects which may be supported through other funding sources, including through a proposed follow-up phase of UKRI funding from 2020-2023. Applicants should be undertaking research that is related to one of UKRI’s key strategic areas of research and innovation.

Find out more about the UKRI Citizen science exploration grants at:

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2020 – Call for submissions

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, 26-28 May 2020 in Aberdeen – Call for Proposals & Submissions for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner.

Call for Proposals for Abstracts closes for the main programme closes on 12 October 2019
We invite submissions that address aspects of the conference theme of Transformation through Time and Technology, but we also encourage applications that push the boundaries of discussion around these areas.

Call for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner closes on 1 December 2019
Institutions, organisations, projects, individuals and groups of individuals are welcome to submit proposals of max. 300 words:

  • Workshops will take place on Monday, 25 May 2020, the day before the main conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. They must clearly address a topic or topics in science communication, and may run for a half-day or full day. They might be a training activity, a practice demonstration, a discussion or debate, and should be distinct from the formats that the conference itself includes. The proposals should include the title, objectives, content, method and personnel. They should also detail any specific logistical or technical requirements and a proposal on how costs of room hire will be covered.
  • Performances will be scheduled through the three days of the main conference. They may be in several possible formats, including theatre, music, readings and dance. They should be maximum 30 minutes long and designed to be presented in a standard conference setting with minimal technical requirements, e.g. no spotlights, and own props. Proposals should include details of title, content, method and personnel.
  • Speakers’ Corner will be an occasional pop-up platform during the conference for short, informal, provocative talks (maximum 5 minutes) proposing a new idea or argument and aimed to stimulate discussion. Proposals are welcome from individuals representing themselves, organisations, projects or institutions. Proposals must include the title and a short descriptor of what you would like to discuss. Speakers’ Corner slots are verbal presentations but if you do have any specific requirements relating to access or anything you would like to demonstrate physically please let us know this information in your proposal.

The proposals in these three categories will be assessed by groups representing the PCST 2020 Local Organising Committee and the PCST Network Scientific Committee. These groups may ask for clarifications and / or amendments before giving a final decision. Final decisions will be communicated by end of January 2020.

Heading to London? We are holding a special preview and networking event for the conference on Wed 18 September, 6pm at UCL. Full details here: