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Call for PhD researchers – become a paid widening participation fellow

Are you a PhD student 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 Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team are recruiting PhD students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. These flexible paid positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth form. Fellows deliver workshops and sessions for students linked to their subject area.

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

More details about the role and the application form can be found here:

Apply online by 5pm on Friday 25th August 2017: http://bit.ly/2rMg3rJ

Please note these positions are open to PhD students who won’t be in their final year from September 2017. Students who will be 1st Years in their PhDs in September are able to apply.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the relevant Faculty Officer below:

SUPI Networking Event 2016 – call for researchers

Are you a researcher interested in engaging with local schools? Want to share your passion for research and your subject area with teachers and students? Want to develop your public engagement and outreach skills?

Date: Wednesday 9 November, 4pm- 6:30pm (provisional time)
Location: The University of Manchester campus
Aims: An opportunity for researchers to meet with teachers interested in fostering links with their schools, and running collaborative research-led activities for secondary school and college students.

The School-University Partnership Initiative is an RCUK-funded project to create structured and strategic mechanisms for universities to work in partnership with secondary schools and FE colleges. This supports researchers’ direct engagement with students and brings contemporary and inspirational research contexts into formal and informal learning to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

In line with this, the UoM SUPI team are holding a networking event at The University of Manchester on Wednesday 09 November from 4pm – 6:30pm to provide a space for researchers to meet with teachers interested in fostering links, and hosting research-led activities with their students. The event will include an overview of the SUPI project, with specific reference to collaborative projects between teachers and researchers, and with the main focus being a networking session. The expectation is that teachers and researchers will gain new contacts at the event, and come away with ideas for developing collaborative, engaging, school-based projects together. We have held an annual networking event since 2013 and many partnerships have since developed between researchers and teachers, with both groups giving positive feedback about the opportunity to discuss collaborations.

If you are interested in coming along to this event, please complete the registration of interest survey here by Monday 03 October: http://bit.ly/SUPINetworkingResearcher PhD students, postdocs, lecturers etc all welcome.

Researchers are asked to provide an ‘elevator pitch’ to briefly summarise their research focus to attendees, as this will be provided to teachers in advance in a hand-out. We would also like researchers to submit keywords about their research, to further help signpost teachers to relevant researchers. We would expect researchers to come to the event with information about their research and their areas of interest, including visual representations if possible (conference posters, images of research etc). It would be worth considering if possible how your research can link into and add value the school curriculum, however the teachers should be able to discuss this with you at the event.

There will be the opportunity to attend an optional briefing session for researchers in advance of the event, and further details will be circulated soon to registered attendees. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ed Trotman at edward.trotman@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more at SUPI at Manchester http://www.supi.manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Edward Trotman | Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Intern (SUPI) | Directorate for the Student Experience

Could you host a sixth form student on a Nuffield Research Placement in July / August 2016?

The Nuffield Research Placement scheme is a national scheme which provides over 1,000 sixth form students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. The students who take part carry out 4 week research placements over the summer, gaining valuable skills and experience, as well as insight into current STEM research. Every year, the University of Manchester hosts sixth formers participating in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme (www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements). For the past two years, we are proud to have hosted more students than any other institution in the UK. In 2015 more than half of these opportunities were offered to students who met the scheme’s widening participation criteria. Nuffield Research Placements are a fantastic way of working with talented young people from local schools and colleges who have a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths and giving them an insight into research as a career.

We are now looking for staff who would be willing to host a Nuffield Research Placement in summer 2016.

I felt the placement provided invaluable experience into the world of academia and research that could not be obtained elsewhere, due to the unique chance to conduct your own, hands-on research. There is nothing that can beat doing real work on one’s own in terms of giving a true insight into the daily lives of scientists.
– Nuffield Research Placement participant 2015

Last year, the University of Manchester hosted 53 students and we hope to continue to offer as many opportunities as possible in 2016. Could you help? Could a sixth former work in your lab over the summer? Is there a specific piece of work they could help you with? Do you have PhD students, post-docs or technicians who would appreciate an extra pair of hands or benefit from the experience of supervising a student? Lab-based, field-based or computer-based projects are all suitable.

It provides an opportunity for future students to engage with academic research in a higher education institution. It serves as a useful way to communicate to local secondary schools and to individual pupils and parents the social responsibilities of a major university. It has also provided a productive extra pair of hands to help achieve my research objectives.” – Nuffield Research Placement Project Provider 2015

Nuffield students have been through a very competitive application process and are usually extremely bright, enthusiastic and capable of working to a very high standard. Work done in the past has contributed to published papers and has been used as the basis for grant applications. As an outreach activity it has the benefit of being widely recognised and supported throughout by the regional coordinator. Nuffield Research Placements are run by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK, with additional support from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of General Microbiology.

If you are interested in offering a Nuffield Research Placement in summer 2016 or would like to find out more, please contact Roz Webster on roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk or  +44(0) 161 275 7676

Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (SUPI & Academic Enrichment for Medical, Human, & Life Sciences, The University of Manchester