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Are you a female academic researcher who wants to write for The Conversation

Attend a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation, delivered by Professor Colette Fagan

The University is hosting a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation on Monday, 15 July, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), 2D Market Place.

Delivered by one of The Conversation female editors, Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research at the University, the session will look at:

  • How to write about your research in a clear, concise and compelling way
  • How to plan, pitch and write with greater impact
  • How to tailor and target your work to gain the attention of people beyond your own peers – such as the media

To take part in the workshop, email: jordan.kenny@manchester.ac.uk. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Conversation is an independent news website written by academics and researchers, providing expert analysis, comment and opinion. Since joining The Conversation in 2017, 141 of our academics and researchers have published nearly 200 articles, generating more than 3.6 million reads.

However, the voices of our female academics, especially early career academics, and those from BAME backgrounds are still under-represented on this platform. For this session we particularly encourage female academics that fall into these categories to join the session.

Further information

You don’t have to be scientist to be a science busker!

Science Busking training – 9 May 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

Calling all University of Manchester posgraduate and undergraduates, come and see what science busking is all about…

This practical workshop looks at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences. Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with visitors, bringing the fun and wonder of hands-on science tricks to the streets of Manchester. You will get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.

Following the training you be offered the opportunity to take part in range of public engagement opportunities on and off campus including our forthcoming University Community Festival (Saturday 15 June 2019).

To regiser for the training go to: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/FSESS2000

Get involved in Royal Institution Masterclasses – training and support

If you’re looking for something fun to do in 2019 why not think about creating a Royal Institution Masterclass to share your favourite topic in mathematics, engineering or computer science with keen young people? There’s lots of support available through our Masterclass Speaker Development Programme and upcoming training events in London and Newcastle.

See below for more details and booking links for the training events, or get in touch to find out more.

The Ri Masterclass programme opens young people’s eyes to the diversity of mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, keen young people attend series of usually six workshops to explore areas of these subjects outside their school experience. Students from a range of schools in each series’ catchment area are put forward by their teachers, who are asked to choose those they feel would benefit most from attending. The programme aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the wonders and applications of these far-reaching subjects and to continue their interest and engagement into later life. We work with local STEM professionals, educators and academics to support them to develop and deliver interactive and theoretically deep workshops based around their own favourite topics. Our workshop leaders (known as speakers) share their enthusiasm and experience, helping to nurture curiosity and a sense of inquiry among the Masterclass students. Across the UK we have programmes at both primary and secondary level.

Ri Masterclass Speaker Training Days
London – Saturday 19 January 2019, 10am-4.30pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
More information and book:

North Shields (near Newcastle) – Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am-4.30pm
Central Exchange 360, North Shields NE30 1SE
More information and book:

Each training day is delivered by the Royal Institution’s Masterclasses team and aimed at local STEM professionals, academics and educators, including those already involved in the programme who wish to develop their skills. The events are free but booking is essential. Throughout the day participants will develop some of the essential skills needed for creating and delivering an Ri Masterclass based on their own favourite topic, with sessions on presentation skills and classroom management, content creation and unconscious bias and inclusive learning. Please see the online event description of more details.

These training events are part of our Speaker Development Programme http://www.rigb.org/education/masterclasses/get-involved/speakers/speaker-development-programme , which gives structured support for new Masterclass speakers.

If you have any questions please get in touch: masterclasses@ri.ac.uk

If you cannot make these events but wish to find out more about becoming a Masterclass speaker, or want to discuss how you could support the programme in another capacity, please get in touch or see here: http://www.rigb.org/education/masterclasses/get-involved/events for details of more training and taster events across the UK – we will update this page as more events are organised.

Samantha Durbin, Clothworkers’ Associate in Mathematics, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
e. sdurbin@ri.ac.uk
t. 020 7670 2915
m. 07741 657 952

February Public Contributor Induction Session

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be hosting the next Faculty Public Contributor Induction Session in February.

The session is relevant for both new and experienced public contributors and will take place on the 12th February 9.30-12.30pm and will be hosted by Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement.

The Induction will cover all aspects of being a public contributor within the Faculty including presentations from a public contributor, researcher, lecturer, student and members of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement team. The presentations will provide attendees with information regarding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement within the Faculty plus the role of a Public Contributor within that area. You will also have the option to attend a social media training course run by a member of the Faculty’s digital marketing team which will take place 1.30-2.30pm.

Attending the induction session is optional and reasonable travel expenses (up to £10) will be provided. For further information including registration details please visit the following Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-contributor-induction-session-tickets-52953328832#tickets

If you have any technical issues or you would like to register by phone or email please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or telephone 0161 275 5186. Please note you don’t need to attend both sessions and can just attend the social media session if you have already attended the Induction Session.

Further information including the confirmed programme will be sent to registered attendees via email a week before the session. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk

We plan to organise two/three induction sessions per year, if you are unable to attend the February session and would like to be contacted when future session dates are confirmed please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk and we will add you to our Induction Session distribution list.

Posted on behalf of Samantha Franklin, Social Responsibility Project Officer, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manhcester

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)