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BioDiscovery for British Science Week 2022 – Schools Outreach & Public Engagement Opportunity

Volunteers are invited to provide short and engaging video resources (2-5 mins) to enthuse school pupils about the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. These resources will be made available online to schools and colleges during British Science Week (11-20th March 2022).

The resources can be used to explain your research area, teaching speciality or subject, or you can present pre-existing resources to a new audience. All scientific backgrounds welcome including academic staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students and technical staff.

British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of Science, Technology and Maths, aims to encourage and enthuse school-age pupils and the public to enjoy and study scientific subjects. In 2020, we ran BioDiscovery at the Manchester Museum to celebrate and showcase the Biological Sciences to local secondary school students. In 2021 and this year, BioDiscovery is run online with the same principle aims of reaching out to young people to share our fascination with all things Biological.

If you’re keen to be involved or simply curious, please contact Dr Shazia Chaudhry, Senior Lecturer (Molecular Cell Biology), Programme Director Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health – email: s.chaudhry@manchester.ac.uk

Academic tutors needed for the Manchester Access Programme 2022

Academic staff members and PhD students can apply

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is now recruiting new academic tutors for 2022. If you are an academic member of staff or a PhD student and want to support the progression of talented local young people to university, we want to hear from you!

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to our University’s social responsibility goals 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 local sixth form (Year 12) students from underrepresented backgrounds into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university.

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; a 1,500 word essay on a topic of their choice. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student via Zoom and the marking of their draft and final assignment. There is no requirement to be on campus, as MAP tutoring is delivered 100% remotely.

Payment is fixed at £60 per student you tutor. These are paid in two £30 instalments.


You will need to be available through to October 2022, with a current staff contract or ongoing study at The University of Manchester.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a MAP Academic Tutor, then please complete the online application form. The application form takes approximately seven minutes to complete.

The application closing date is midnight on Sunday, 6 February 2022. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of February.

More information:

Making a Difference Awards – 8 categories including public engagement

Making a Difference Awards 2022 – now open for entries.

Do you know somebody who is working to improve the lives of others? Are you making a difference in your local community and beyond? Is there a cause that you think needs to be more widely understood?

Enter or nominate for a Making a Difference Award!

Our annual Making a Difference Awards are back and open for entries, ready to celebrate the achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners. The eight award categories (including public engagement) acknowledge the difference people are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. If you, your team or someone you know has made a difference enter now, the deadline for applications is January 17 2022.

Take a look at the statements from our previous winners and highly commended recipients to see how receiving a Making a Difference Award has given them a boost to continue tackling issues they feel passionate about, shone a spotlight on the impact their work has had and inspired further funding opportunities.

Important Information:

  • Deadline for entries is 17 January 2022.
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
  • Entries are submitted through the social responsibility website.
  • Printed entry forms are available from the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or by calling: 0161 306 3059.
  • Individuals and teams can enter.

For further information see the Award’s website.

I’m a Scientist Pandemic Prevention Zone – call for participants

In January 2022, show school students how science can help us survive, and prevent, pandemics, in the I’m a Scientist Pandemic Prevention Zone.

The I’m a Scientist team are looking for people whose work is related to pandemics – including virologists, epidemiologists, geneticists, and immunologists – to take part in live text-based Chats with students, and answer follow-up questions.

The Pandemic Prevention Zone will run alongside the televised Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES series. Take part alongside contributors to the lectures.

Take part at the times that suit your schedule throughout January, as much or as little as you like. Scientists who take part report having improved communication skills, more confidence with engagement, and feel energised about their own research.

The Pandemic Prevention Zone is produced on behalf of the Ri.

What do I need to do now? Let us know whether you can participate by 15 December. We will then send you your login instructions if there’s a place for you.

Register your interest for the Pandemic Prevention Zone

If you have any other questions, get in touch: support@imascientist.org.uk

British Science Week 2022 – Call for activities for schools

British Science Week will be taking place 11-18 March 2022.

As we did last year, the Widening Participation team will be compiling a webpage which brings together all the activities for schools which will be running across the university during British Science Week and throughout March 2022.

This can include live sessions, both virtual and face to face, and digital resources.

We will launch the website in early January.

The Access and Student Success Team won’t be planning any large events for 2022; we will be offering some online delivery of Why Study Talks and will try to accommodate any requests to visit local WP Target schools using WP Fellows.

If your department will be offering anything for BSW 2022 and would like to be included on the website, please contact me with the following details:

  • Brief description of event, activity or resource
  • Target age group
  • Date and time (if applicable)
  • How to book (if applicable)
  • Whether your event is WP targeted and – if so – what criteria schools need to meet
  • Link to website, resource or a contact further information
  • It would also be really useful to know if you would be interested to go along to in school events, as we’re getting a lot of requests for those at the moment.

If you could let me know any activities planned by Tuesday 4 January, it would be much appreciated.

Posted on behalf of Sophie Flieshman, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team, The University of Manchester 

BIG’s Sci Comm Social, Thursday, 16 December 2021 7:30-9pm

BIG, the Skills Sharing Network for people in STEM Communication, would like
to invite you to our next BIG Sci Comm Social on Thursday, 16 December 2021.

See: http://www.BIG.uk.com/socials

BIG’s Sci Comm Socials are a (semi-) regular social gathering of people who work in, or are interested in, science communication, outreach or public engagement in STEM. The sessions run more or less when there is a large demand for them and each session is hosted by a different group/person/organisation. These are primarily social in nature, but it’s also a chance to share news, ideas, upcoming events and thoughts on STEM communication.

Sessions are free to attend and you do not need to be a Member of BIG to

The upcoming session will be on Thursday, 16 December; 7:30-9pm. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Social, so we hope you can join us one last time before the end of the year.

To receive the Zoom link and passcode, please visit our website, where you can sign up to our mailing list.

Posted on behalf of Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network – https://www.big.uk.com/

Science Communication Session at EGU 2022

For the 2022 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Annual Assembly (3rd – 8th April 2022) we are hosting a session on science communication and public engagement in the geosciences.

If you are doing any work in this space, then we would love you to share your findings with us. You can submit an abstract to our session (EOS 1.1 – Science to Action) here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU22/session/43033

The deadline is the 12th January 2022, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Associate Professor in Academic Practice

Submissions open to be part of Cheltenham Science Festival 2022

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, energetic schools shows, hands-on workshops, mindblowing performances and interactive exhibitions.

The 2022 programme will feature over 100 events for adults and families, over 70 events for schools, and have three large interactive free drop-in zones – The Discover Zone, the Maker Shack and the Cyber Zone. Apply to be part of the programme here.

Submit your interest to be a speaker or be part of an event here.

Deadline 12 November 2021.

Opportunities for researchers – British Science Festival 2022

We’ve got lots of opportunities for researchers to get involved in the British Science Festival 2022 in Leicester.

We welcome proposals from across the UK, from research that encompasses science in the broadest sense of the word. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please find more information about opportunities available below.

Open Call for proposals – Do you have an idea to engage public audiences with science and research?

The British Science Festival are now accepting event proposals for the 2022 Festival in Leicester, hosted by De Montfort University.

The Festival celebrates science in its broadest sense. They are looking for proposals from individuals, researchers, industry professionals, artists, writers, organisations, charities, academic institutions, and more. Highlights from the 2021 Festival can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/blog/british-science-festival-2021-highlights

Festival proposals should be aimed at non-specialist adults (16+) with a broad interest in science. They are looking for events that showcase cutting-edge science, celebrate the latest developments in science and technology and engage their audience in open discussion about relevant issues that affect culture and society. They aim to programme a range of formats from talks to drop-in activities and creative content that challenges perceptions of what science is and can be.

More information, including how to submit a proposal, can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival.

The deadline for proposals is 17.00 on 14 February 2022.

Award Lecture nominations – Are you, or do you know, an early career researcher passionate about public engagement?

We are now accepting applications for our 2022 British Science Festival Award Lectureships.

Each year the Award Lectures provide development opportunities for Early Career Researchers who are passionate about engaging the public with their research. Awardees receive a £250 honorarium, public engagement coaching, the chance to present their research at the Festival and more!

We encourage you to read the Award Lecture FAQs and get in touch with Anna at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org

To find out more and apply visit https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures.

The deadline is 17.00 on 6 December 2021.

Posted on behalf of Anna Woolman, Engagement Manager, British Science Association