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Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21 – paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students.

WP Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events and resources for young people, their parents, carers and teachers including:

  • Subject taster workshops and lectures;
  • Academic Study Skills e.g. essay writing, research skills;
  • Student Life activities, teaching and learning at university;
  • School and college careers events;
  • Delivering “Why Study” talks in Schools/Colleges;
  • Developing resources and delivering online sessions.

Hours and Pay:
The period of employment is from October – July (10 months). Most WP Fellows complete between 20 to 70 hours, but this is flexible depending on your workload and availability. Fellows are paid monthly, at an hourly rate, currently of £13.43 per hour.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and a two minute video of an elevator pitch about their research for Year 10/11 pupils (ages 14 to 16).

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application form by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

Find out more:
Full application and submission details here.

Roles are available for PhD students in all three faculties and are managed by the Academic Enrichment Officers for each Faculty (listed below):

Science Showoff needs you

Wanted new performers for Science Showoff – 17 March 2020, Star of Kings near King’s Cross in London

Science Showoff, a series of science performance events for adult audiences that raise money for charity and help science communicators develop their skills. Previous performers include a then-unknown Hannah Fry, a not-yet-on-telly Fran Scott and a “who’s this guy?” Alex Lathbridge.

We’re back on 17 March at the Star of Kings near King’s Cross in London, and looking for people who’ve never performed for us before to take part and raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

We welcome science presentations, demos, comedy, music, interpretive dance whatever you’ve got as long as it’s about science. This gig is perfect if you’re a scientist eager to get out more, a science teacher who wants to have an audience of adults for once, a science fan who wants to try a stage out for the first time, a musician or comedian with some experimental science material to try out or ANYONE AT ALL WHO LIKES FUN AND SCIENCE.

Tell us you’d like to perform using the signup link on our website.

Signing up here doesn’t guarantee a slot. Signup order is not running order. We reserve the right to refuse performers or topics.

You can already buy tickets to see the gig and donate to charity at https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/2607/science-showoff-new-performer-special. Use the code “steve” to get £5 off when you buy four tickets.

See you all when you’ve got a mic in your hands!

Posted on behalf of Dr Steve Cross


Future Engineers April Half Term (8-15 April) – call out to engineers

The Museum of Science and Industry are looking for real-life engineers to take part in one day of Half Term to inspire Future Engineers (8 – 15 April 2020).

The Future Engineers programme will encourage visitors to find their hidden engineer through playful activities and explore the skills engineers use such as creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and investigation.

Please see the attached call for Future Engineers (PDF) for more information and to register you interest get in touch with Georgina.Wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Deadline for applications of interest: Monday 9 March 2020.

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry.

Get involved in Makefest 30-31 May 2020 – our making and engineering festival

Calling all makers, innovators, engineers, crafters, artists and hobbyists. Makefest is back at the Museum of Science and Industry and we’re looking for all sorts of playful ideas, activities and workshops to be part of the celebration.

What is Makefest?

Makefest is our weekend family festival of making, engineering, technology and crafts that takes over the museum galleries from Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May, 11am – 4pm. We’re looking for hands-on activities, big or small, that will encourage our visitors to have a go at making, get creative and learn new skills.

To see the festival pack and to propose an activity – visit: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/take-part-makefest-2020

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 April 2020

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry.

Take Part in the Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival

We’re on the hunt for new contestants for the 2020 Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival.

In previous years, our audiences have been wowed by ballet dancing on cornstarch, crazy bubbles, steel-cutting sausages and lots lots more.

Demos need to be fun, exciting, surprising and overly ambitious, keeping the audience in suspense until the very end!

In previous years, contestants have prepared a 12-minute demo for the first round, and a 5-minute demo for the second round.

The event will be on the evening of Sunday 7 June.

How to apply:

Please complete the registration form at: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/xpi5l2o0ygkoyg/

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 February at 12 noon.

Cheltenham Science Festival will cover your travel and one night accommodation (if required) and an honorarium.

If you have any questions, please drop a line to: science@cheltenhamfestivals.com

Posted on behalf of Dr Marieke Navin, Cheltenham Science Festival Head of Programming

Call for exhibits and activities at NERC Public Engagement Showcase 2020

NERC is offering an opportunity for researchers to run public engagement activities as part of our annual showcase 2020. The showcase will take place at Techniquest Science Centre in Cardiff in July 2020.

Visitors to the event will range from the general public, including families and young people, to policymakers and people that do not usually interact with science in their daily lives.

The environmental science showcase will comprise of approximately 20 hands-on exhibits, talks and debate, and science buskers. Through the exhibition activities, talks, debates and discussions, the event will engage visitors with research of the natural world, connecting a diverse range of people to environmental science, and the process of doing research.

Please read the application guidelines document (PDF, 69KB) which contains information about the project and application criteria, before you apply to attend.

The closing date for applications is 16:00 on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Further information
Hannah Lacey, NERC Public Engagement Programme Manager
M: +447892764849 T: 01793411535

Involvement Opportunity – PPIE Forum Lay Member at University of Manchester

Recruitment of Lay Members for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Forum.

Are you a member of the public involved or engaged with the Faculty’s research and/or teaching? Do you have experience of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement?

If so we have an exciting opportunity for two lay members to join the Faculty’s PPIE Forum. The Forum ensures that the Faculty develops, delivers and monitors an action plan for successful and meaningful PPIE, which is integral to the Faculty’s Social Responsibility strategy.

Being a lay member would benefit your personal development as the forum would:

  • provide you with the opportunity to learn more about PPIE in the Faculty
  • give you the opportunity to meet a range of staff, students and public contributors across the Faculty
  • allow you to be part of the forum which plays an essential role in driving forward the Faculty’s Public Engagement action plan

Duties of Forum members include:

  • Working with Academic and Faculty Public Engagement leads to develop an action plan for the Faculty’s Social Responsibility and Public Engagement team
  • Provide feedback on PPIE activities.
  • Advise on best practice in relation to PPIE in research and education.

The Forum meets quarterly and also features guest speakers from across the University. You will receive £60 per Forum meeting you attend plus reasonable travel expenses up to the value of £30 per meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Forum, please read the job description which includes details on how to apply for the role. The job description can be found here: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=46765

Please note: This opportunity is for members of the public already affiliated with the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and who have experience of being part of a similar group giving advice on University documents.

The deadline for applications closes on Thursday 13th February at midnight.

The applications will then be shortlisted, with shortlisted applicants being invited to attend an interview with Forum co-chairs (Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement and Kay Gallacher, Public Contributor) on Wednesday 11th March. If you are unable to attend on the 11th please let us know when you apply.

If you have any queries please email srbmh@manchester.ac.uk. For further details about the Forum and PPIE in the Faculty please visit: https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/connect/social-responsibility/public-patients/

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.

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.

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