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Can you support a Greater Manchester Primary School with an Engineering Project?

Call for researchers in engineering to take part in primary school engagement! This volunteer project focuses on raising aspirations around engineering in some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. We are particularly looking for support in the areas of Rochdale, Wigan, Oldham and Salford.

Project background: The Royal Academy of Engineers have funded a project with 93 primary schools in Greater Manchester to raise aspirations and enthusiasm for engineering. As part of the project teachers from these schools received free CPD to improve their confidence and knowledge in teaching Science and Engineering and all the schools will be receiving a kit to build FM radios with one of their classes. We would like to provide the children with the opportunity to meet someone who works/worked or has an interest in engineering (any discipline, including software engineering), sound, technology or electricity.

Our ask: We are looking for volunteers who would be able to visit one of the project schools (we can provide you with a list) and be part of a Q+A session with a class. The children will be aged between 7-10 years old (each school have selected a different age group) and will be very excited to be able to meet someone with a passion for engineering. The Q+A session would last around 30 minutes and we will provide you with some questions in advance, however we will be suggesting that the children prepare a few questions to ask you before you arrive. There wouldn’t be very much preparation before visiting the school, but if you have a few images or some objects that related to your area of engineering that you could bring in it would really spark the children’s curiosity and their questions. The Q+A session is only a suggestion and if you have something else you’d prefer to deliver, we are flexible with what this looks like. We are looking for the visit to the school to happen between February and April 2020 on a mutually convenient date for you and the school.

If you are interested in supporting this initiative:
Please email: holly.jones@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk and who will send you the list of project schools taking part so that you can let us know which school would be most convenient for you to visit.

You do not need to be signed up to the STEM Ambassador programme to take part, but by signing up as an ambassador you will receive a free DBS check and be covered by our insurance when taking part in activities. This could be a good first experience to see what taking part in a STEM Ambassador activity is like if you’re unsure about signing up for the programme would involve. You can find out more about the STEM Ambassador programme here: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors

Posted on behalf of Holly Jones, STEM Ambassador Hub Manager for Greater Manchester, Science and Industry Museum

Communicating physics and astronomy to a visually impaired audience – Manchester, 15 Jan 2019

The University of Manchester is hosting a meeting on “Communicating physics and astronomy to a visually impaired audience” on 15th January 2019, from 10am.

Full details and registration at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communicating-physics-and-astronomy-to-a-visually-impaired-audience-tickets-51749889312?ref=estw

“Physics and astronomy can be extremely difficult to access for people with visual impairments (VI). A reliance on images, diagrams, graphs, and other visual representations of data means that people with VI can easily feel excluded from these subjects. However, there are several initiatives and projects in the UK that are working to make topics within physics and astronomy more accessible for this audience. This meeting will showcase these projects, allowing participants to share best practice and explore future collaborations and other opportunities.”

If you want to present or show something, please drop robert.appleby@manchester.ac.uk<mailto:robert.appleby@manchester.ac.uk> an email – schedule TBC.

Please forward this email to any interested people! Lunch will be provided.

Posted on behalf of: Dr Emma Nichols l Public engagement manager l School of Physics and Astronomy l The University of Manchester (email: emma.nichols@MANCHESTER.AC.UK)

The Brilliant Club – Tutoring Opportunity for PhDs and Postdoc

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more: Tuesday 31 January, University Place 5.209, 13:00-14:00

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can a video including past PhD Tutors: http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/

Or download this leaflet – The Brilliant Club – Placement information – Manchester Uni (pdf)

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

University of Manchester Environmental Research Outreach

Advice, Networking & Exchange of Practical Ideas

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 11am – 2 pm (lunch included), Williamson building G12

All researchers welcome – whether academic staff, research staff or postgraduate research students with an interest in both environmental (science, health, humanities, engineering) research and its dissemination to the public and stakeholders through outreach events. We are equally keen to attract those with experience and advice to share and those with an interest and passion to start to undertake outreach work about their or the university’s environmental research. Early career researchers are particularly welcomed.


  • 11:00 – Outreach showcase – short introduction talks by researchers already involved in environmental outreach including advice on how to get involved.
  • 12:00 – Lunch and outreach demo session – a chance to network and bring along outreach activities which have worked well for engaging the public.
  • 12:45 – Outreach clinic – Submit a description of your research or paper using the form below and we will have a collective think about an outreach activity to help communicate this at an outreach event.
  • 13:30 – Open discussion – To cover topics surrounding how we can better represent the UoM environmental research in outreach events.


Please fill out this form to book your place at the event https://goo.gl/forms/ENSCuEnFqy4DOMN93

Dr Helen Downie, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester 

Manchester Geomicrobiology group blog: http://manchestergeomicro.wordpress.com/