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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

Little Event 2020 – a 1-day conference for early-career STEM communicators

As part of BIG STEM Communicators Network (the national skills sharing network for those involved in STEM communication) programme of events, registration to the Little Event 2020 is now open!

This years Little Event will take place at The Birmingham & Midland Institute – Tuesday 14 January 2020, 10.00am – 4.30pm.

This one-day conference/training day all about public engagement and science communication is a great opportunity for people that are just starting their PE/SciComm journey. It’s a great chance to not only soak up knowledge from experienced professionals and learn new skills, but to also network with like-minded people. If you are an undergraduate student with some PE/SciComm volunteering/working experience, early career researcher looking to expand your understanding of the field or have just started your role in PE/SciComm – the Little Event has space for you!

If you are interested in the event and want to know more, you can drop me an email on paolo.arru@mft.nhs.uk / paolo.arru@manchester.ac.uk (I am part of the executive committee and will also be there on the day). Alternatively, you can contact Lucy admin@big.uk.com and ask for more info.

The full programme is being finalised and will be announced in early December. The price is £45 for BIG members. Non-members can join first for the annual fee of £30.

Options on how to fund this:

  • BIG offers bursaries for this event to cover registration and travel costs, applications will open on the 18th of November.
  • Talk to your line manager/supervisor about options for training.
  • As this is a training event/skills sharing day, this would be eligible for ISSF funding under the Professional Development strand (3rd November deadline!). Applications will be judged on a case-by-case basis and is only for PhDs/PGTs, post-docs, academic and PS staff.

The Little Event 2020 will be held at The Birmingham & Midland Institute – Tuesday 14 January 2020, 10.00am – 4.30pm. Registration now open.

The BIG Event 2020 will be held in Cardiff, July 22nd – 24th 2020. Registration opens 2nd of March 2020.

Posted on behalf of Paolo Arru, Public Engagement Project Manager, Public Programmes Team, Research and Innovation Division, NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and Manchester Clinical Research Facility

Professional conduct in STEM: good practice in promoting anti-harassment

10:00 – 16:00 30 Aug 2018, The University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy

Join us for a free one-day workshop to explore good practice in promoting effective anti-harassment and anti-bullying behaviours within our academic STEM community. This event is aimed at all those working within university STEM departments who wish to encourage discussions about developing an ethos of positive behaviour and mutual respect.

Professor Carole Mundell, head of department of physics at the University of Bath, will be leading our day and we will hear from Dr Emma Chapman of the 1752 Group, Dr Sheila Kanani from the Royal Astronomical Society and Professor Val Gibson, who has spearheaded work within the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge to promote their values and a positive culture of respect. Workshops will look at practical actions physics departments and universities are taking to develop wider departmental engagement on addressing harassment and bullying.

We want the outcomes of our day to include concrete steps the Institute of Physics, other professional bodies and the STEM community can take to deliver real change in this area.

More details and registration at:

STEM Mentoring Opportunities – 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures and The Junior Academy

Two exciting opportunities for individuals to take part in the Global STEM Alliance. “1000 Girls, 1000 Futures” and “The Junior Academy” are two innovative, virtual education programs recruiting mentors from around the globe to support students who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Junior Academy is a global community of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to solving real-world problems during 70-day innovation challenges. Learn more or apply now at http://thejunioracademy.org/mentors/

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures pairs STEM-focused high school girls with dynamic, motivated female mentors for a year-long, one-to-one mentorship that exposes students to innovative programming focused on helping them develop essential 21st century skills. Learn more or apply now at http://bit.ly/1000GApp

We would love it if you would pass along this opportunity to mentor the next generation of STEM leaders. And good news – all mentor applications are now due by 18 July 2016.

If you have any questions or would like more information on these programs, please let me know.

Posted on behalf of Carla Y. Emanuele-Giza, Program Manager, Education

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British Science Week 2015: Tell us what switched you onto science! #My1stExperiment

What was the first experiment which sparked your scientific curiosity? What did you do? Did you realise you wanted to become a scientist? It might be the first experiment that you did as a child or perhaps the first experiment you did once you started studying science at university.

Next week is British Science Week – and we will be welcoming over 1000 school pupils onto campus for 4 days of super science. In the run up to British Science Week (13 – 22 March 2015, see www.britishscienceweek.org/) we are asking staff and students from the University of Manchester and beyond to tell us about the first experiment which sparked their interest in science.

Please use #My1stExperiment and #UoM so we can identify your tweets. We’ll be retweeting as many as we can from @UoMSchools – and sharing the tweets with teachers and pupils at our Science Fair from 17 – 20 March.

Please share the word with your colleagues and students, and if you have any questions contact me on emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

To watch a video of our British Science Week event days from last year, check out www.manchester.ac.uk/STEM

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

Skills Days for STEM Outreach delivery – 20 – 21 April 2015

Do you work in Outreach? Is it your role to manage, develop and deliver research engagement? For example, based in a university or research centre?

Over a number years there has been a steady increase in the number of BIG members whose role is managing public engagement of research. With lots of ideas and emerging issues in the field we’re enthused to get these like-minded people together. It will be an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences with people who work in the same field and identify developments and issues we can work on together.

This workshop will run over two half days (lunchtime to lunchtime) with an evening social in between. We have a workshop structure that combines pre-determined themes (Insight sessions) along with creative time that will be filled with attendee sessions on themes that arise before or during the workshop.

20 April (starts 12pm) – 21 April (ends 12.30pm), Edinburgh University


  • £45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch on arrival on the first day and refreshments on the following day.
  • £75 for non-members (which includes £30 for annual membership)

More information here: www.big.uk.com/outreach