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Are you a female academic researcher who wants to write for The Conversation

Attend a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation, delivered by Professor Colette Fagan

The University is hosting a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation on Monday, 15 July, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), 2D Market Place.

Delivered by one of The Conversation female editors, Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research at the University, the session will look at:

  • How to write about your research in a clear, concise and compelling way
  • How to plan, pitch and write with greater impact
  • How to tailor and target your work to gain the attention of people beyond your own peers – such as the media

To take part in the workshop, email: jordan.kenny@manchester.ac.uk. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Conversation is an independent news website written by academics and researchers, providing expert analysis, comment and opinion. Since joining The Conversation in 2017, 141 of our academics and researchers have published nearly 200 articles, generating more than 3.6 million reads.

However, the voices of our female academics, especially early career academics, and those from BAME backgrounds are still under-represented on this platform. For this session we particularly encourage female academics that fall into these categories to join the session.

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STEMM is for everyone: Inclusivity in Science Communication Masterclass

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is pleased to be hosting University of Manchester alumni Dr Michelle Dickinson who will deliver a masterclass on science communication: ‘STEMM is for everyone: Inclusivity in Science Communication’.

This event is taking place on Tuesday 18 June, 3.00-4.30pm in Alan Turing Building G.107.

Michelle is a bestselling author of The Kitchen Science Cookbook and No 8 Recharged and host and co-creator of TV show Nanogirl and the imaginautsand podcasts Nanogirl’s Great Science Adventures and Stupid Questions For Scientists.

Michelle has made it her life mission to make science and engineering fun and accessible for all. In this session, Michelle will discuss how science can be more inclusive to encourage minority groups to be involved in STEMM with a focus on how minority groups can gain confidence in science communication. Michelle will argue that ‘Science is everywhere and science is for everyone.’

This event is suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about inclusivity and diversity in science communication, including PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, academics and PS staff members.

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inclusivity-in-stemm-communication-tickets-63381876900

If you have any access requirements please contact ellie.welch@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more about becoming a Widening Participation Fellow

Are you passionate about your subject area? Would you like the opportunity to work with local school children…then the Widening Participation Fellow programme might be for you!

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team is recruiting non-final year PhD students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows this summer. These positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth formers. There are a number of posts available in each Faculty plus a new role which will look at Public Engagement on clean air for young people.

On 24 June 2019, we are running an informal information session for anyone to come along and find out more about these roles, meet PhD students who have been WP Fellows, and learn more about the application process – you can register here.

You can learn more about our Widening Participation work by visiting our webpages and view our annual report from last year. You can find out more information about the WP Fellow positions here.

Please note these positions are open to PhD students who won’t be in their final year from September 2019. Students who will be 1st Years in their PhDs in September are able to apply. .

For further information and enquiries, please contact the relevant Faculty Officer below:

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis-Kalubowila, Emma Britain and Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, The Univerisity of Manchester

Nominations open: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Awards 2019

Nominations required: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE). Deadline Monday 24 June 12pm

Building upon last year’s success, we will recognise inspirational and outstanding commitment to PPIE that has made a positive difference, through the FBMH ‘Outstanding Contribution to PPIE’ awards.

The awards are open to Public Contributors, staff, students and groups contributing to PPIE in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Activities may include, but not limited to: setting research/teaching priorities, co-production of research/ teaching, enabling and evidencing high quality PPIE through public partnerships and sheer hard work and commitment to enable excellence in the Faculty’s work.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Public Contributor
  • Staff
  • Student
  • Group (e.g. research user group) please provide the names of every member of the group.
  • New comer (has only been doing PPIE for up to two years)
  • One off event/project

You can nominate someone for more than one category and you can also self-nominate as well.

To submit a nomination please visit the following link and complete the required information: https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=m6KJ3561H

We would like to create a poster of the nominations to showcase at the event so please confirm that you are happy for the information you have provided in the nomination form to be presented on the day.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you inform the person that you are nominating them.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by the end of June and will be invited to the PPIE Celebration event on Wednesday 17 July, Core Technology Facility where winners will be announced.

Should you require any further information, please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or Tel: 0161 275 5186.

Posted on behalf of Imogen Halls, Public Engagement and Communications Intern
Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Engagement@Manchester – 26 June 2019, 1-2pm with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement

Join us for our next Engagement@Manchester session with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement, as we explore Einstein’s Garden: Reflections on Creative Engagement with Science.

26 June 2019, 1-2pm, Michael Smith Building (lecture theatre at entrance), followed by light refreshments and informal networking.

In 2015, the Green Man Festival’s Einstein’s Garden began a Wellcome funded Society Award to experiment with new approaches to creative science engagement. At the end of this award, 12 projects have been produced in partnership with four universities, involving dozens of researchers and in collaboration with creative practitioners including sand sculptors, performers, sound designers, textile artists, architects and puppeteers. These 12 projects have engaged audiences at the Green Man and in many other cultural contexts, including a playground, a city farm, a beach, a market, a beer festival, a book festival and an agricultural show.

This session is an opportunity to discover what learning came out of the Einstein’s Garden Society Award and to inspire your own ideas about creative engagement with science.

Ellen Dowell is a creative producer of science engagement. She works part-time for Imperial College’s National Heart and Lung Institute where she produces a creative engagement programme called The Curious Act. From 2009 until March this year, she worked for the Green Man Festival, establishing, managing, curating and producing Einstein’s Garden, the science, nature and environment area of the festival.

All welcome to this best practice session. No registration required.

Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Dee-Ann Johnson, Public Engagement Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, 0161 306 3231, Twitter: @uomengage

Wonder Day – Sat 3 August, Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge

Wonder Day Volunteer Recruitment

Are you interested in sharing the excitement of science in the local community? Do you want to help create a buzz while inspiring tomorrow’s scientists? Or do you simply want to share in the pleasure of helping others to discover new things? If so we are looking for volunteers to help at the first ‘Wonder Day’ on Saturday 3 August 2019 at Holy Trinity church, Stalybridge!

This event will be a community-driven, family day of science-themed experiences, workshops and hands on activities. We aim to bring the excitement and wonder of science and nature to those who might not normally get a chance to encounter it. Featuring everything from a mobile planetarium to a robotics workshop to drop in zones for all your favourite physical sciences our aim is to leave visitors feeling amazed, inspired and keen to find out more. The whole event is being actively supported by and hosted in a large local church right in the heart of Stalybridge.

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver this exciting day. The only requirements are that you should be able to have great fun while helping to perform some simple experiments/demonstrations and chatting science with our visitors. Most of all though we are looking for people who are willing to come and share their passion and enthusiasm for science with others. If this is you and you can spare an hour, a morning, an afternoon or even the whole day then please get in touch as it’d be great to share the day with you.

Also if you have an amazing idea for a science demo that you think people would love on the day then please share your ideas as well. We’d love to make some space for and to support you in this!

And if you can’t volunteer, but live nearby, then please pop by on the day itself and see what we have going on!

To volunteer or if you have any questions please drop a message to Dr Gavin Merrifield (g.d.merrifield@gmail.com)

Posted on behalf of Dr Emma Nichols, Public engagement manager, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester

Peterloo 2019 – a programme of exciting events across Greater Manchester June – August 2019

Take a look at this exciting programme of events taking place June – August 2019 across Greater Manchester – commemorating 200 years since the Peterloo Massacrehttps://bit.ly/2vYFkPg

Manchester Histories is an independent charity spun-out of The University of Manchester’s Department of History and is overseeing the set of events for Peterloo 2019. Thanks to University of Manchester’s engagement and investment there are over 150 events happening across Greater Manchester to mark this most significant moment in history – see our brochure: https://bit.ly/2vYFkPg

There is also a new website, learning resources and the engagement of many young people, different communities and cultural organisations across Greater Manchester – see our website: peterloo1819.co.uk

Michael Wood and David Olusoga will be hosting talks at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Central Library. In partnership with The Guardian and University of Manchester we also have four fantastic debates exploring, the roots of protest, gaps in representation. AI and the fourth industrial revolution, and is devolution the way to a healthier democracy.

Keep up to date:
Take a look at the programme of events in our brochure: https://bit.ly/2vYFkPg
Check out our website: peterloo1819.co.uk
Join in the conversation: follow us on Twitter: @mcrhistfest #Peterloo2019