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MAP Academic Tutors Needed – applications open until 3 Feb

MAP 2020 – Academic Tutors Needed!
The Manchester Access Programme is now recruiting academic members of staff or PhD students for academic tutors for 2020.

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 onto the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

What is expected of a MAP Academic Tutor?
Tutors are required to support 1- 6 Year 12 students during their time on the scheme and oversee their completion of an 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. You will be paid £60 per student that you tutor.

To hear from a current MAP tutor, please watch this video.

Availability
Please note that you will need to have a current contract with the University of Manchester to cover the dates set out above. We make the final payment at the end of October, once all academic assignments are complete. For this reason, please note on the application form if your contract ends before November 2020. Please also note any planned periods of extended absence that cover the dates above.

Application
If you are interested in becoming a MAP tutor, then you must complete the online application form. Applications close on Monday 3rd February 2020, and successful applicants will be contacted by mid-February.

Contact Details
For more information, contact the MAP team; map@manchester.ac.uk; 0161 306 6505

New Scientist Live Call for Speakers

New Scientist Live returns to London on 15-18 October 2020 and we’re looking for speakers and performers who will engage, inform, inspire and delight. Could that be you?

New Scientist Live is for everyone curious about science and why it matters. We bring together more than 140 speakers and 130 exhibitors at ExCeL to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

In 2019, we welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, launched our first dedicated schools programme and made over 2,000 tickets available free to students from disadvantaged schools. And there’s more. Most New Scientist Live talks live on as high-quality videos on our website, which attracts 3.6 million unique users.

If you know someone who should be at New Scientist Live, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the attached speaker nomination form by 31st January and return to nslspeakers@newscientist.com.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Jacqui McCarron on either jacqui.mccarron@newscientist.com or 020 7611 1248. We are offering 100 additional tickets for schools groups with a high proportion of children from a disadvantaged background for new universities or departments who book before the end of February.

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron​, Sales Director, New Scientist

Einstein’s Garden Accepting Applications

Green Man’s curious and wacky science engagement area, Einstein’s Garden,
is now open for applications for stalls and performances.

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area for creative engagement with science, nature and technology. Each year we curate a lineup which fuses performance, art, music and research to bring the world around us and our questions about it to life in the most wacky and wonderful ways.

We’re on the lookout for organisations, research groups, and any other science/nature/technology-minded folk that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with their work. Your stall will explore any aspect of science or tech research, nature, curiosity or questions about the world around us, which you’ll bring to life in a unique way to amaze and engage our audience of thousands

Stalls/installation applications are here; then scroll down to ‘Create’.

Applications for Performances, Speakers, Walkabout, Bands, Workshops and
anything else is here.

The first round deadline for these applications will be at midnight on Friday 6 March 2020,

For queries contact: Sophie Perry, Einstein’s Garden Curator & Producer – sophie@greenman.net

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

With a closing date of 20 January there is just one week 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 and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services 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 2020, 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.

Opportunity for current students: ReachOut leadership development programme

Many of you will have heard of ReachOut before – a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantage schools to raise aspirations and attainment. Many of our current students volunteer with ReachOut on their mentoring projects and the central Widening Participation team deliver workshops to their primary learners and host the ReachOut graduation on campus each summer.

See: https://www.reachoutuk.org/

ReachOut have asked us to share details of their new paid, year-long, development opportunity based in Manchester, London or Liverpool to current students here; full details are on the attached flyer (pdf).

We are hosting two information sessions on campus on Wednesday 26 February (Session 1 – 1pm or Session 2 – 3pm), for students to find out more about the opportunity; details of which are also on the attached flyer.

Any questions about the programme can be directed to Becky Sutch at ReachOut (email: becky.sutch@reachoutuk.org)

FameLab UK – Applications close midnight, Friday 28 February 2020

Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival? Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. So why not enter…

https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/famelab/famelab-uk

Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Read the eligibility criteria to check you can apply
  2. Look at which regional training and heat you would like to attend
  3. Apply to take part! You will then be contacted by the regional organiser to confirm your attendance
  4. Prepare a 3-minute talk on your research
  5. Either: Attend the training session and heat at your chosen UK location. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare a second talk and attend your regional final. Or, send a video of your 3-minute talk to famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare and send us a second talk for the video final.

Apply here now

Applications close at midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.

Prizes – If you win your regional final, you will be invited to:

  • A weekend masterclass with a professional science communicator 30 & 31 May 2020
  • Participate in the FameLab UK final at Cheltenham Science Festival 1 June 2020
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival 2-7 June 2020 where you can meet FameLab participants from all over the world, engage with audiences and other science communicators, and immerse yourself in the vibrant festival programme
  • Receive up to £2000 prize money

If you win the UK final, you will be invited to represent the UK at the International FameLab Semi-Finals, and possibly the International FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival 4 June 2020!

Please contact famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com if you have any questions.