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Science Blogging Day – call for academics and postgrads (European City of Science)

#leapyear Donate Your Extra Day To Science! Calling all Manchester writers

We are running a Science Blogging day to start working towards the European City of Science. Over one day, we want to kick start the Manchester 2016 Science Bloggers community and give you a platform for the year. We’ve got a great line up of contributors and our aim is to populate the ECOS website with stories. This invitation is open to all academics and postgrads across the University of Manchester, University of Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Leap into Science Blogging
Monday 29 February, 2016 at 11:00 AM – Salford, United Kingdom

Full details and registration at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leap-into-science-blogging-tickets-20670577253

Posted on behalf of Professor @andymiah
http://www.andymiah.net
Chair in Science Communication & Future Media
School of Environment & Life Sciences
http://hub.salford.ac.uk/els

Final few places available for Famelab UK Manchester Heat – 2 February 2016

Scientists and engineers share your enthusiasm for your subject with others.

The search is on for the new voices of science communication! Do you think you can intrigue, entertain and explain a scientific idea or concept to a lay audience in just three minutes? Then Famelab, the UK’s biggest competition to discover new talent to engage the public in science, engineering, technology and maths is for you!

There are only a few days until the Famelab heats in Manchester – and there are just a few spaces left so sign up quickly!

The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting heats of FameLab, on 2 February 2016.

Find out more here: http://msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/famelab

Recruitment Open for Widening Participation fellows for 2015/16

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 Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation Team is currently recruiting Postgraduate students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. 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.

Hours and Pay: Potential applicants interested in fewer hours should speak with the contact person for their area given in the attached roles and responsibilities document. Further details of the positions, and reasons to get involved can be found here –  WP Fellows Info Form 2015_16 (pdf)

Interested applicants need to send a completed  WP Fellow Application Form (doc) to the relevant Faculty Officer by Friday 28 August 2015.

For more information about the University’s widening participation work please visit:
www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/schoolsandcolleges/

Opportunity to be part of 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures

Seeking mentors for the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Programme

1000 girls, 100 futures is an international online program that provides support for high-school girls who are interested in pursuing STEM fields throughout the world. We are aiming for 300 mentees in the first year and we are trying to encourage applications for mentors in any professional STEM field (particularly technology) in any country. The commitment would be to engage with mentees through our technology platform at least twice a month and continue to online discussions, so it isn’t too time consuming. The initiative is prestigious (the parent organization – the Global STEM Alliance – was launched at the UN) and rapidly expanding and so it provides an opportunity for mentors to network internationally too.

We are looking for mentors for our 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program! Mentors in the program work with high school aged young women interested in STEM fields on developing their 21stCentury skills (focusing on leadership, communication, and critical thinking) and guide them through the college readiness component of the program, which offers a thorough overview of the college selection, application, and admissions process. The program is all virtual, one year in length starting in September of 2015, and offers a mentor training module and of course, year-long support from our team. We are looking for more mentor representation from tech fields, especially!

http://globalstemalliance.org/program-areas/young-women-scholars/

Posted on behalf of Ceri Harrop, Public Programmes Manager, Central Manchester University Hospitals, The University of Manchester, The Nowgen Centre

Bright Club Manchester – looking for academics & PhD students for stand up comedy

Bright Club Manchester, the thinking person’s variety club, is currently looking for researchers, PhD students, and other experts in their field to try their hand at a short stand-up comedy set.

Why?

Because it’s fun, interesting and a genuinely useful way to communicate with the public. Our next Bright Club Manchester event will be held on Thursday 11 June at Nexus Art Café, Northern Quarter. Full training and workshop development of your comedy set is provided, and virtually all who’ve been involved over the past 5 years have thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

For video and audio evidence and further information please see our website at http://brightclubmcr.org.uk/

If you would like to give it a go or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Bright Club Manchester Organiser

Widening Participation Fellows: Work Opportunity

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 Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation Team is currently recruiting Postgraduate students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows.

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.

Hours and Pay: The period of employment is usually from October – July (10 months). The standard level of involvement is on average 100 hours spread across the 10 months. The payment is monthly (£125 a month). Potential applicants interested in fewer hours should speak with the contact person for their area given in the attached roles and responsibilities document. Further details of the positions, and reasons to get involved can be found in the following documents:

Interested applicants need to send the following information to your relevant Faculty Officer by Friday 15 August 2014.

  • WP Fellow Application Form 2014 (doc)
  • CV
  • Covering letter outlining your teaching experience with the age group 11 – 18 years and evidence of the essential skills listed above. This should be no longer than one side of A4.

What previous WP Fellows said about the experience:

  • A sense of satisfaction from seeing young people understanding something you developed, and show an interest in a new subject thanks to the work you’ve done.
  • Getting better at explaining subject in accessible terms to different audiences
  • Gaining confidence about delivering; improvisation.

For more information about the University’s widening participation work please visit: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/schoolsandcolleges/