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Making a Difference Awards

There’s still time to enter the Making a Difference Awards

With a closing date of 21 January there are less than two weeks to go before the deadline for entering the Making a Difference Awards.

The Making a Difference Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic and professional services staff, students and alumni.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services and library support for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participation
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2019, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website: http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/awards/

Get involved in Royal Institution Masterclasses – training and support

If you’re looking for something fun to do in 2019 why not think about creating a Royal Institution Masterclass to share your favourite topic in mathematics, engineering or computer science with keen young people? There’s lots of support available through our Masterclass Speaker Development Programme and upcoming training events in London and Newcastle.

See below for more details and booking links for the training events, or get in touch to find out more.

The Ri Masterclass programme opens young people’s eyes to the diversity of mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, keen young people attend series of usually six workshops to explore areas of these subjects outside their school experience. Students from a range of schools in each series’ catchment area are put forward by their teachers, who are asked to choose those they feel would benefit most from attending. 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. We work with local STEM professionals, educators and academics to support them to develop and deliver interactive and theoretically deep workshops based around their own favourite topics. Our workshop leaders (known as speakers) share their enthusiasm and experience, helping to nurture curiosity and a sense of inquiry among the Masterclass students. Across the UK we have programmes at both primary and secondary level.

Ri Masterclass Speaker Training Days
London – Saturday 19 January 2019, 10am-4.30pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
More information and book:

North Shields (near Newcastle) – Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am-4.30pm
Central Exchange 360, North Shields NE30 1SE
More information and book:

Each training day is delivered by the Royal Institution’s Masterclasses team and aimed at local STEM professionals, academics and educators, including those already involved in the programme who wish to develop their skills. The events are free but booking is essential. Throughout the day participants will develop some of the essential skills needed for creating and delivering an Ri Masterclass based on their own favourite topic, with sessions on presentation skills and classroom management, content creation and unconscious bias and inclusive learning. Please see the online event description of more details.

These training events are part of our Speaker Development Programme http://www.rigb.org/education/masterclasses/get-involved/speakers/speaker-development-programme , which gives structured support for new Masterclass speakers.

If you have any questions please get in touch: masterclasses@ri.ac.uk

If you cannot make these events but wish to find out more about becoming a Masterclass speaker, or want to discuss how you could support the programme in another capacity, please get in touch or see here: http://www.rigb.org/education/masterclasses/get-involved/events for details of more training and taster events across the UK – we will update this page as more events are organised.

Samantha Durbin, Clothworkers’ Associate in Mathematics, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
e. sdurbin@ri.ac.uk
t. 020 7670 2915
m. 07741 657 952

New Scientist Live Organiser visiting Manchester – Tuesday 8th January

On Tuesday 8th January, Jacqui McCarron from New Scientist will be visiting the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (North Campus) to discuss any possible contributions from the University of Manchester to the science festival, which is held every autumn in London. I have organised contribution of an interactive stand on behalf of our institute for the past 3 years but am looking into different options for the future. To find out more about the event, please see the link below:


If you would be interested in coming along or meeting Jacqui at some point during the day, please let me know –  nicholas.weise@manchester.ac.uk

Dr Nicholas Weise SFHEA, Lecturer || E-Learning Lead || Deputy Director (Social Responsibility) || School of Chemistry || Faculty of Science and Engineering || The University of Manchester

BIG Event 2019 – Call for Session Proposals OPEN

BIG (the British Interactive Group) is thrilled to announce a return to Scotland for BIG Event 2019. The highlight of the STEM communicator’s annual calendar will see our conference held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh 17-19 July 2019. Dynamic Earth is a wonderful venue – lots of space and lots of spaces. Indoors, outdoors and fantastically placed for access to the airport, rail station and city centre.


If you have a session proposal you’d like to submit, you can pop your ideas on the BIG Event session proposals site www.bigevent.info (you’ll need to register for the site; tip: this isn’t the same registration as when you log into the BIG website)

The content for the BIG Event is created by the members. And the people who say they get the most out of it are the people who contribute the content.

So now is your chance to fling your session ideas into the ring. Once we have a ring-full we flirt the programme together, put people together who might like to work together, and ask a few people to do something a bit different. Your session ideas can be put forward now until 6th February.

Bring a show, a workshop, something needing tweaking, something you think is fab; bring your skills in evaluating, managing, developing, presenting, fettling; bring your planetarium, your STEM tap-routine, your busks, your IPad session. But whatever you do, make it hands-on, make it collaborative, make it a truly sharing contribution. BIG members really don’t like to be spouted at – we like to have a go at a thing so bring the thing, not a picture of the thing or a talk about the thing.

Posted on behalf of Sarah Vining, BIG Membership Services Manager and Ashley Kent, BIG Event Manager

February Public Contributor Induction Session

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be hosting the next Faculty Public Contributor Induction Session in February.

The session is relevant for both new and experienced public contributors and will take place on the 12th February 9.30-12.30pm and will be hosted by Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement.

The Induction will cover all aspects of being a public contributor within the Faculty including presentations from a public contributor, researcher, lecturer, student 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. You 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 1.30-2.30pm.

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-contributor-induction-session-tickets-52953328832#tickets

If you have any technical issues or you would like to register by phone or email please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or telephone 0161 275 5186. 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 srbmh@manchester.ac.uk

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

Posted on behalf of Samantha Franklin, Social Responsibility Project Officer, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manhcester