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Dell STEMAspire mentoring programme

The Dell Technologies STEM Aspire Programme is a unique 9 month mentoring programme for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students particularly, but also others who are interested in a career in technology but who might not be studying a STEM subject. It is open to those who identify as women, gender non-confirming or non-binary.

The programme has been created by Dell Technologies to explore and address the reasons behind the gender imbalance in progression from STEM degree courses to STEM careers and support further understanding of the reasons behind this data and identify further action needed.

By participating in the programme, students will be developing essential soft skills. For example, developing your “personal brand”, confident presentation skills, how to network effectively plus you will get some first-hand insights into how the tech sector works and the kind of roles that are available to follow a successful and enriching career path. The aim of the programme is make you ‘work ready’ for your career in technology.

By being part of this programme, you will receive one-to-one support from a trained mentor from within Dell Technologies. The Mentor and Mentee relationship is confidential, with goal setting, monitoring and evaluation to ensure the programmes meets students’ needs. There will also be quarterly virtual events, which will give you the opportunity to meet with other mentees. Meetings with your mentor will also be virtual, with physical meetings hopefully being possible when it is safe to do so.

Topics at the programmes events have included:

  • Effective CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Communication skills
  • Networking and personal branding
  • Personal development planning”

The online information session is from 1.30-2.15pm on the 6th October. For further info and to sign up students can follow this link (and login to CareersConnect): https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/

Join the ReachOut Leadership Programme (paid roles)

ReachOut is a mentoring charity. We work with young people from disadvantaged communities to help them achieve their potential and go on to lead good, happy and successful lives. Our Project Leaders lead a ReachOut project for one academic year.

We are looking for students from The University of Manchester to join the Reachout programme. 
ReachOut are running two online information sessions for individuals interested in applying tobecome part of the ReachOut Leadership Development Programme 2021-22. The sessions willinclude more details about the role and what we’re looking for in an ideal candidate!

Book your ticket below:

What is a ReachOut Project?
ReachOut projects are made up of weekly sessions with young people aged 9-16. Sessions consistof the same 10-16 mentees and 10-16 mentors each week who meet to take part in characterbuilding activities. Mentors support their mentee to build their confidence and raise aspirations. Project Leaders plan and deliver these sessions each week providing support to both mentors and mentees.

What does the role entail?

  • Delivering a weekly mentoring project in London, Greater Manchester or Liverpool (all sessions are currently being delivered online but will return to face-to-face once it becomes safe to do so)
  • Planning exciting and engaging sessions within the ReachOut Curriculum
  • Be an inspiring to young people and volunteers

What’s the commitment?

  • Four hour a week paid role which includes planning and delivery of your ReachOut project
  • Be able to deliver a session at the same time each week between September 2021- April/June2022
  • Attend all ReachOut training to prepare you for the role
  • Undergo an Enhanced DBS check

How will I benefit?

  • Develop your leadership, management and communication skills
  • Have access to exclusive development opportunities including your own Career Mentor
  • Receive regular and ongoing feedback from your own line manager
  • Make a genuine difference to the lives of young people

If you would like more information, get in touch with us:
E: becky.sutch@reachoutuk.org
W: www.reachoutuk.org

Become a Mentor with In2scienceUK

Mentor up to three young people and empower them to achieve their potential in STEM

In2scienceUK works with passionate STEM professionals to support disadvantaged young people to pursue degrees, apprenticeships and careers in STEM. Through an inspirational programme of research, skills workshops, mentoring and in-person experiences over the summer, In2scienceUK gives Year 12 students the opportunities they need to overcome the barriers in their way of becoming the next generation of STEM innovators and pioneers.

It’s easy to support In2scienceUK’s mission by becoming a mentor. Make a difference to the prospects of these young people by sharing your own expertise and insights through online mentoring and a one-day workplace visit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). Sign up here and provide underrepresented students with invaluable support to help them succeed on their journey into STEM.

More information can be found here or by contacting Rebecca Knowlson r.knowlson@in2scienceuk.org

Posted on behalf of Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team, The University of Manchester

Opportunity for current students: ReachOut leadership development programme

Many of you will have heard of ReachOut before – a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantage schools to raise aspirations and attainment. Many of our current students volunteer with ReachOut on their mentoring projects and the central Widening Participation team deliver workshops to their primary learners and host the ReachOut graduation on campus each summer.

See: https://www.reachoutuk.org/

ReachOut have asked us to share details of their new paid, year-long, development opportunity based in Manchester, London or Liverpool to current students here; full details are on the attached flyer (pdf).

We are hosting two information sessions on campus on Wednesday 26 February (Session 1 – 1pm or Session 2 – 3pm), for students to find out more about the opportunity; details of which are also on the attached flyer.

Any questions about the programme can be directed to Becky Sutch at ReachOut (email: becky.sutch@reachoutuk.org)

Medicine and Healthcare online mentor opportunity – sign-up by 9 Dec 2019

Inspire young people as an online mentor!

Greater Manchester Higher are looking for online mentors to share their experience of working in healthcare with young people from Year 12. It’s easy for mentors to get involved and sharing their experience can make a huge difference. Mentors can log in from anywhere and at a time that suits them (approx.1-2 hr a week for 6 weeks)

“A great way to help students be clearer in what they want to do in the future” – Insight mentee, 2019

Please find attached a flyer with more info and how to sign-up. Sign up by 9 December 2019

Posted on behalf of Emily Robinson | Student Recruitment & Widening Participation Officer (Greater Manchester Higher), The University of Manchester

Judging and Mentoring Opportunity for Youth Grand Challenges 2017 Competition

The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM competition inspiring young people, aged 11-to-19, to use science and technology to change the world. The competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to address global health issues, and builds on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme for researchers.

See: http://www.crestawards.org/youth-grand-challenges/

We’re calling on STEM professionals to support the young people involved in the competition, and we hope you can join them. We are on the lookout for:

Volunteer Judges: will donate their time and expertise to help select the most deserving finalists. Judges will be registered on the online entry platform, where they will explore entrants’ innovative solutions and score their work. Judges are free to judge as many, or as little, projects as their time will allow, and will be assigned projects that fit in with their own expertise and interests.

Project Mentors: We are also looking for a smaller number of mentors to support students during their projects. Mentors play an important role by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to encourage students and provide guidance where required. Whilst the time offered by mentors varies depending on the complexity of the project and the agreement in place with their mentee, mentoring typically involves donating between 15 minutes – 1 hour a week.

Interested? To register your interest in either opportunity, please complete this short expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YGC2017

If you have any questions or would like more information on the programme, please get in touch with the Youth Grand Challenges team at: youthgrandchallenges@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behalf of Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, Project Officer, British Science Association
T: +44 (0)20 7019 4967 E: jacob.ohrvik-stott@britishscienceassociation.org

Future First

The University of Manchester has recently started working with the charitable organisation Future First to encourage University alumni to make a connection back to their old state schools in the UK.

If you are an alumnus of the University of Manchester you may already have received information about this in the recent e-newsletter.

However, this isn’t just open to Manchester alumni and the commitment can be as small or as great as you want. It may mean posting a profile of yourself, agreeing to do a talk to pupils or mentoring someone online who is now sat in your old seat in class – each school will have a different approach.

As public engagement champions and enthusiasts I wanted to highlight this to you and if you are interested in registering you can sign up here.

If you have any queries please get in touch with Stephanie.lee@manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM), The Directorate for Student Experience, The University of Manchester