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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Deep Learning Day – Women in the World of Work – 8 December

On behalf of Whalley Range, our Business Class partner, I would like to invite you to be part of their Deep Learning Day on the 8 December.

The learning objectives for the day and key words the girls will be hearing throughout the sessions are:

  • To reflect on my goals, core values
  • To develop understanding of skills and qualities employers want/need, career opportunities and challenges for women in the world of work
  • To gain experience of talking to adults other than family or teachers.


  • goal/aspiration – something you are aiming for/want to achieve
  • core values – qualities/experience that you think are most important
  • fantasy – things from dreams and imagination, things that are more difficult to achieve
  • reality – things that are more every day, more possible
  • career – a profession/occupation that you have chosen and trained for
  • a motivator – something that makes you want to do something

In the morning the girls will be preparing for meetings with female visitors/volunteers, then from 9.40 for an hour, you would meet with a group of students and be ‘interviewed’. The girls will have prompt questions to learn as much as possible about your job, career and motivations. There is no preparation required, other than to be ready to answer questions and to share anything you think is important about considering future jobs.

Head of School, Fiona Devine, is also giving a key note speech and Q&A at 2.00pm as part of the same event.

As a volunteer would need to arrive at Whalley Range for 9.30am at the latest and report to reception and ask for Jackie Fahey.

If you would like to be involved, please let me know so that Jackie has an idea on numbers of volunteers and can prepare a visitor list. Please also cascade this to other female colleagues. Seniority is not a deciding factor for taking part as the greater number of women the girls can interact with the greater number of experiences, the better.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Michelle Kipling : michelle.kipling@manchester.ac.uk

Project and Accreditation Manager (Social Responsibility), Alliance Manchester Business School | The University of Manchester | Room 2.20 MBS West | Booth Street West | Manchester M15 6PB | +44 (0) 161 275 6546

School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) Networking Event

Are you a researcher or lecturer 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 21 October, 4pm – 6:30pm
LOCATION: Sackville Street Building The University of Manchester
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 SUPI team are holding a networking event at The University of Manchester on Wednesday 21 October 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 ran a SUPI Networking Event in 2014 and many partnerships have since developed between researchers and teachers.

If you are interested in coming along to this event, please complete the registration of interest survey here by Monday 28 September: (*extended deadline)
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 on Wed 8 October, 4pm-5pm for researchers in advance of the event, and further details will be circulated soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Fiona Lynch at fiona.lynch@manchester.ac.uk

Could you inspire the next generation of science communicators?

Do you want to help inspire the next generation of scientists and science communicators?

Here at the Manchester Branch of the British Science Association we recognise that the public gain most of their understanding of scientific advancement through news reports; and want to help the next generation of scientists and communicators successfully navigate the world of the press release. So, we are launching a competition for 6th form students across Greater Manchester to create their own scientific press releases and we need your help!

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers from all stages of their careers to act as mentors – teaching students about their field and helping them create informative and informed press releases. The competition is set to run in March 2016 and we are looking to gather together a range of mentors from a number of different academic backgrounds to liaise with the students. We’d love your help with this important and exciting venture so, to register your interest, please e-mail us at: britsciassoc@manchesterscience.co.uk.

We look forward to working with you.
Sarah, Mike and the BSA-Manchester team

Call for Researchers: SUPI Engaging with Secondary Schools Training Opportunity – 2 March 2015

Would you like the opportunity to develop an outreach activity and engage with a local secondary school? Are you passionate about your subject area? Are you interested in taking your research into the classroom? Want to develop your outreach skills?

Then this free public engagement training opportunity is for you!

What: SUPI: Engaging with Secondary Schools. This one-day, interactive workshop for researchers explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools.

When: Monday 2 March 2015, 9:30am – 5pm

Where: The University of Manchester

Who: Postgraduate Researchers, Postdoctoral Research Associates, Research Staff and New Academics with little or no experience of school outreach. Open to all disciplines.


If you would like to be added to a waiting list in case places come available, or to put your name down for the next training date (TBC), then send an email to roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk and we will get back in touch as soon as a date is fixed to offer you a priority place

With best wishes,  Dee-Ann Johnson, Suzanne Spicer, Ceri Harrop, & Roz Webster

This opportunity is brought to you by The University of Manchester: School – University Partnership Initiative (SUPI).

Moderator Vacancies for I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer in November

We’re looking for four moderators to work on our online projects, I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer this November.

Your job would be moderating live chats, approving students’ questions, checking for inappropriate content, and helping to run the site. You should be bright, pick stuff up easily, and ideally have an interest in science engagement. You’ll have great attention to detail and will enjoy being online. You’d be working from home, so you must also have broadband that doesn’t die every 10 minutes.

It’s a lot of fun, and great experience as the students (and scientists) are quick, funny, and full of energy.

Dates: 10 –21 November, Monday–Friday
Hours: 37.5/week, 08:30-16:00
Pay: £8.00/hr (including holiday pay)

Please send a CV and short covering letter explaining why you’re the one we want to josh@gallomanor.com before Monday 27 October.

If you have any questions about the job, drop me an email, or call on 01225 326 892.

You can find out more about the events at: imascientist.org.uk, imascientist.ie, and imanengineer.ie

The full advert is at:

Posted on behalf of Josh Doyle, Gallomanor Comms. Ltd.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!
imascientist.org.uk | imascientist.ie | @imascientist

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here!
imanengineer.org.uk | imanengineer.ie | @IAEGMOOH

T: +44 (0) 1225 326892
E: josh@gallomanor.com

Call for applications for I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! (November)

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning online event allowing students (from 9 – 18) to interact with real live scientists. You can now apply to take part in the next event, running 10 – 21 November 2014.

How does it work?
Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live chats. Then they ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public. So if you are up for the challenge of working with students in this online X Factor-style competition, then sign up.

How much time will it take?
Most scientists say they spend around 2 hours a day on the event; 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be during the evening, outside of the work day.

What’s in it for you?
You further develop your communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists. It’s also a lot of fun. One scientist in every zone wins £500 to be spent on a science communication project of their choice.

Find our more here: http://imascientist.org.uk

To apply fill in this form here: http://imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply

Hint: The most important part of your application is the one sentence description of your work. We ask students and teachers to rate the sentences, to help guide who gets in. So have a think how you would describe your work to a 13 year old.