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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

Be part of the UoM Community Festival 2020

Get involved in the next University-wide Community Festival, Saturday 27 June 2020

As part of our commitment to enhancing our relationships with members of our local community, we will be holding our annual University-wide Community Festival on Saturday, 27 June 2020 from 11.00am-4.00pm.

Last year over 3,000 people, many from our local neighbourhoods, were welcomed to our campus to discover more about what we do. Next year’s festival will be centred round Manchester Museum, University Place and Brunswick Park. Building on the success of the last two years, we will again be inviting our local friends and neighbours to enjoy family-friendly interactive activities, discover the wide variety of things we do and the opportunities available to them.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete an expression of interest form by 23 January 2020 and return it to engagement@manchester.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the festival next June.

Posted on behalf of Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester

Call out for Science Fiction: Late – 18 March 2020, Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum are looking for individuals and groups working on projects inspired by science fiction to support the delivery of their next Late on Wednesday 18 March 2020, which is going to look at how science fiction has predicted developments in technology and engineering, and reveal the science facts behind the fiction.

We’re looking for:

  • Demonstrations of new technologies
  • Entertaining shows or TED-style talks
  • Hands-on activities, crafts and challenges

They should be inspired by science fiction and appeal to an adult audience. There’s more information about the event in the call out document here.

GEORGINA WELLS
CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

+44 (0)161 696 7786 | Georgina.Wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Would you like to do public engagement with research at Glastonbury Festival 2020?

For the 50th Anniversary, there will be a new science area in the Green Futures field, and the organisers are welcoming applications for exciting interactive science stalls.

The applications portal is now open: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/traders

All you need to do to apply is register as a “trader” and fill in the online application form. Please ensure you tick the box for “charity/campaign” stalls in Green Futures, and include “science area at Green Futures” in the description of the best onsite stall location.

The deadline is 14th November 2019, but applications are light-touch.

The Green Futures Field is dedicated to creative change and eco problem-solving, so it’s the perfect place for a science area. The organisers are particularly interested in exciting activities showcasing scientific solutions to environmental issues.

Stalls should fit with the spirit of Glastonbury Festival, with a strong emphasis on presentation. There is no electricity in Green Futures, but renewable energy sources are very welcome!

Most of the info about applying is available here: https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/traders/

But If you need guidance on your application, please email:
festivalbugs@gmail.com

 

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
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/abstract-submission-911.php
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:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/workshops-speakers-corner-and-performances-proposals-1123.php

  • 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: https://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-symposia-seminars/research-innovation-cpd/pcst-preview-event

Call for activities for Platform for Investigation at the Science and Industry Museum

Platform for Investigation is part of the Science and Industry Museum’s Contemporary Science programme that will run for nine days during October half term. It is a platform for scientists, researchers and STEM professionals to demonstrate their work and research through high quality and participatory experiences, showcasing the latest developments in STEM.

There are currently three dates in need of activities – 19, 20 and 27 October – and each day has a different topic. More information about this opportunity is below:

Dates: Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 October
Time: 10.30am-3.30pm
Target audience: family groups with children aged 7-14
Activity number: approx. five hands-on, drop in activities or demonstrations on each date.

More information about what kind of activities are required at each event day is in the attached brief (Platform for Investigation – October half term brief). This may be a great opportunity for colleagues within a Department/School/Research Group or across these units to work together to deliver a variety of great activities on one day.

If you are interested, please contact Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, with an outline of your topic and ideas for activities:

Email: Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
Phone: 0161 696 7786