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Tutor Trust Information Session, Wednesday 3rd March, 1pm – 2pm

The University’s Widening Participation team is organising a webinar with the Tutor Trust. This paid tutoring opportunity is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Tutor Trust Information Session, Wednesday 3rd March, 1pm – 2pm

We would like to invite you to learn more about the work of Tutor Trust and how you can apply to become a tutor. You can sign-up to the webinar via the following this link.

Tutor Trust are an award-winning charity who deliver 1:1 and small group tutoring to children and young people across Greater Manchester, Leeds and Merseyside. Established in Manchester in 2011, they work in schools and alongside teachers to support those pupils who are unlikely to benefit from a private tutor: over two-thirds of the children they work with receive Pupil Premium, are Looked After, or are in Alternative Provision. Tutor Trust works in close partnership with the University of Manchester, with most tutors in Greater Manchester being UoM students.

The charity has gold-standard evidence of impact, with a large-scale Randomised Control Trial (RCT) finding that Year 6 pupils who received twelve hours of Maths tutoring from Tutor Trust made three months additional progress compared with their peers. They are one of the delivery partners of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), a government-funded programme to help children and young people catch up the lost learning from the period of school closures.

Tutoring with Tutor Trust offers:

  • A flexible, part-time role working for an award-winning charity
  • Socially meaningful and high-impact work supporting children and young people
  • Opportunities to tutor primary Maths and Reading and secondary English, Maths and Science
  • Average pay £19 per hour
  • A wealth of transferable skills for your CV
  • Full training and ongoing support

The role is offered on a self-employed basis, which means you need to be eligible to register in the UK as self-employed in order to apply. Unfortunately, this means we cannot accept applications from students on a Tier 4 visa.

While there is some online work available, Tutor Trust are currently recruiting for tutors who will be available to deliver face-to-face tutoring in Greater Manchester schools. Once schools have reopened after lockdown, there is likely to be very high demand for in-person tutoring. They are particularly keen to recruit more male tutors, more tutors from the local area, and more tutors who have engaged with Widening Participation programmes. WP students often have considerable insight into the challenges that may face schools and pupils in Greater Manchester, and can act as inspiring role models to children and young people.

At the information session, you will learn more about how tutoring can help close the gap for disadvantaged pupils, how to apply to become a tutor and what it’s like to tutor with Tutor Trust. You’ll hear from the Tutor Trust team as well as students from UoM who currently tutor with the charity.

You can find out more about Tutor Trust at www.thetutortrust.org. A great place to start is by reading the 2020 Impact Report. You can also learn more about the National Tutoring Programme.

Posted on behalf of Jenny Muter, Director of Tutor Recruitment and Impact and Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team, The University of Manchester, 

Become a Mentor with In2scienceUK

Mentor up to three young people and empower them to achieve their potential in STEM

In2scienceUK works with passionate STEM professionals to support disadvantaged young people to pursue degrees, apprenticeships and careers in STEM. Through an inspirational programme of research, skills workshops, mentoring and in-person experiences over the summer, In2scienceUK gives Year 12 students the opportunities they need to overcome the barriers in their way of becoming the next generation of STEM innovators and pioneers.

It’s easy to support In2scienceUK’s mission by becoming a mentor. Make a difference to the prospects of these young people by sharing your own expertise and insights through online mentoring and a one-day workplace visit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). Sign up here and provide underrepresented students with invaluable support to help them succeed on their journey into STEM.

More information can be found here or by contacting Rebecca Knowlson r.knowlson@in2scienceuk.org

Posted on behalf of Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team, The University of Manchester

Manchester Access Programme Tutor 2021 – applications now open

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is now recruiting new academic tutors for 2021. If you are an academic member of staff or a PhD student and want to support the progression of talented local young people to university, we want to hear from you!

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the social responsibility goals of the University whilst also further developing your one-to-one tutoring.

What is MAP?
The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of local sixth form (Year 12) students from underrepresented backgrounds into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our webpages. Each year we recruit approximately 640 students onto the programme, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two A-level grade reduction (or equivalent) towards an admissions offer from The University of Manchester and a scholarship, each MAP student must complete an academic assignment. The academic assignment is 1,500 words on a topic of their choice and will help them to develop the essential research and academic writing skills needed to be a successful university student.

MAP Academic Tutors
Being a MAP Academic Tutor involves supporting 1- 6 MAP students during their time on the scheme, and overseeing their completion of the academic assignment. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student via Zoom and the marking of their draft and final assignment. There is no requirement to be on campus, as we delivered MAP 100% remotely in 2020 and will do so again in 2021.

Timetable

  • Thursday 6 May – First Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to introduce themselves and to arrange a time for the first meeting.
  • Thursday 3 June – First Meeting – To agree on an appropriate assignment title and go through the expectations and learning outcomes of the assignment process. (45 minutes)
  • Wednesday 23 June – Second Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to contact to arrange the second meeting.
  • July – Mark Draft Assignment – Mark the draft assignment through Blackboard. You must provide feedback by Tuesday 10 August. (2 hours)
  • Wednesday 7 July – Tuesday 10 August – Second Meeting – To give feedback to the students regarding the draft they should have submitted to you and to highlight areas for improvement. (45 minutes)
  • September – Mark Final Assignment – Mark the final assignment through Blackboard. You must provide assigmnent marks by Sunday 5 September. (1.5 hours)

Payment
Payment is fixed at £60 per student you tutor. These are paid in two £30 instalments – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been marked through Blackboard.

Availability
Please note that you will need to have a current contract with the University of Manchester to cover the dates set out above. We make the final payment at the end of October, once all academic assignments are complete. For this reason, please note on the application form if your contract ends before November 2021. Please also note any planned periods of extended absence that cover the dates above.

How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a MAP Academic Tutor, then please complete the online application form. The application form takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.
The application closing date is midnight on Sunday 7th February 2021. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of February.

How applications are considered
Although we would hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee that by completing the application you will be able to tutor on the programme next year.

Priority will be given to the following;

  1. Individuals that indicate they can tutor in subject areas that are in demand for the 2021 cohort. (As we are still recruiting students for 2021, we are still unsure of subject demand and how many tutors are required for each discipline).
  2. Individuals that have previously applied to be an Academic Tutor but have not been offered this opportunity.
  3. We will then consider how well an individual has met the person specification on their application.

Person Specification

  • Experience of working with young adults or young people under the age of 18, delivering mentoring, tutoring, outreach or enrichment activities.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), demonstrating the ability to understand and adapt to different learning styles to communicate in a way that is clear and engaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of developing positive and professional relationships with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to offer advice, support and guidance in a constructive, positive and non-judgmental way.

DBS and Training
All new tutors MUST have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to work as an academic tutor on MAP. This is to ensure we are working in line with the University of Manchester’s Child Protection Policy. If you are successful in being offered this role, and you do not currently have a DBS check, then you will be invited to complete a DBS check by the MAP team in March.

All new tutors must also attend a compulsory tutor training session. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during March and, if we are able to offer you a tutoring role, will be in touch to let you know when they are running. You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please do not hesitate to contact Alex Jackson (MAP Officer) via map@manchester.ac.uk if you have any queries.

 

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Could you change someone’s life this summer? Supervisors for online Nuffield Research Placements wanted.

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts sixth formers participating in the Nuffield Research Placement (NRP) scheme. For summer 2021 NRP has been adapted so that an entirely virtual programme model can be offered to students and project supervisors alike.

Offering a Nuffield Research Placement is a fantastic way of working with talented young people from local schools and sixth form colleges, who are interested in academic research in the future and who meet our widening participation criteria. There are more details on the scheme below.

If you are interested in offering a project for 2021, please register your interest by emailing Roz.Webster@manchester.ac.uk by Friday 28 February.

Could you change someone’s life this summer?

The Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) scheme is a national scheme which provides interested sixth formers with the opportunity to work alongside STEM professionals or quantitative social scientists. Students carry out 4-week research placements, gaining skills, experience and much-valued insight into research as a career. All our students come from Widening Participation backgrounds.

Benefits for you:

  • The Nuffield Research Placements scheme is a well-established, nationwide outreach and widening participation activity
  • Nuffield students go through a competitive application process and are enthusiastic and academically able
  • Nuffield students can do useful work and contribute positively to your research
  • Hosting a Nuffield student gives Early Career Researchers experience of supervision, project management and mentoring
  • Getting involved is an opportunity to forge links with local schools and colleges and raise awareness of your area of research
  • Nuffield Research Placements are supported by the university and a dedicated Regional Coordinator

This programme helped me to develop my supervisory skills and allowed me additional time to explore areas of my research which would have taken longer if not for the assistance from the students. It gave me a chance to discuss the career path of the students and how they might get involved in STEM in the future.” Project Provider 2018

Placements must take place in July or August. Students will need a project to carry out for the 4 weeks that they are with you, which can be predominately carried out online. It should give the students a taste of genuine research, including the opportunity to collect or analyse data and write a report and produce a poster about their research.

Each year we have more student applicants than we have placements available so we are really keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in getting involved. Download the programme summary (pdf).

If you are potentially interested in offering a project for summer 2021 please contact Roz Webster by Friday 28 February on Roz.Webster@manchester.ac.uk

Nuffield Research Placements are managed by STEM Learning so for further information visit the STEM Learning website at: https://www.stem.org.uk/nuffield-research-placements

Posted on behalf of Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team, The University of Manchester

Paid Tutor opportunities for University of Manchester students – information session 11 Nov 2020

The new National Tutoring Programme was launched yesterday to schools as part of a coordinated approach to provide support to disadvantaged pupils whose education has been affected by school closures.

The University is supporting this work through supporting the recruitment efforts of educational charities we already have existing relationships with and who are some of the NTP’s delivery partners. This is namely through the Brilliant Club who recruit PhD student and the Tutor Trust who recruit current students and recent graduates.

The Tutor Trust is running a virtual information session for students interested in finding out more about these positions on Wednesday 11 November, 1pm – 2pm. To register complete this short survey – https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4K1l542I

Download further Tutor Trust Information Session info for students (doc)

The Trust is particularly keen to recruit students who have participated in the University’s widening participation programmes and who live locally, but the positions are open to all students.

If you would like more information about the work of the Tutor Trust more generally please contact Jenny.Muter@thetutortrust.org.

The Brilliant Club – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

Why Become a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  •  Earn £500 per placement, plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses (The Scholars Programme)
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils as part of The Scholars Programme
  • Support the national effort to help pupils catch up as part of the National Tutoring Programme
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

Tutors are supported by a training programme, including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Our Scholars Programme allows tutors to design and deliver a course for school aged pupils based on their own research. Each Scholars Programme placement begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip/participating in an online launch event, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

In addition to The Scholars Programme opportunity, which is available for all PhD tutors, this year we also plan to be a National Tutoring Programme provider, so will have additional curriculum specific tutoring opportunities for researchers specialising in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Want to find out more?

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the National Tutoring Programme online. To sign up for an information webinar, click here. We will be hosting an information webinar for tutors based in the North West on Tuesday 27 October at 2pm.

Want to apply now?

If you are interested in becoming a Brilliant Club tutor and delivering either The Scholars Programme or the National Tutoring Programme, please do apply now, using the online application form.

We are currently recruiting tutors to deliver programmes from Spring 2021 onwards and are running all Assessment Centres virtually. As an organisation we are committed to delivering The Scholars Programme for pupils, even whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We are running the programme this academic year as usual, with a flexible format to allow for us to meet the requirements of each school. Some placements will be delivered virtually.

Successful applicants are able to select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in and whether they would like to deliver multiple placements.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Looking for a full-time position?

The Brilliant Club also runs Researchers in Schools, a full-time route into teaching for PhDs that incorporates elements from The Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skill set. If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about our charity’s aims, you can also apply to our sister programme. For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact us on apply@researchersinschools.org

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21 – paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students.

WP Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events and resources for young people, their parents, carers and teachers including:

  • Subject taster workshops and lectures;
  • Academic Study Skills e.g. essay writing, research skills;
  • Student Life activities, teaching and learning at university;
  • School and college careers events;
  • Delivering “Why Study” talks in Schools/Colleges;
  • Developing resources and delivering online sessions.

Hours and Pay:
The period of employment is from October – July (10 months). Most WP Fellows complete between 20 to 70 hours, but this is flexible depending on your workload and availability. Fellows are paid monthly, at an hourly rate, currently of £13.43 per hour.

Applications:
Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and a two minute video of an elevator pitch about their research for Year 10/11 pupils (ages 14 to 16).

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application form by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

Find out more:
Full application and submission details here.

Roles are available for PhD students in all three faculties and are managed by the Academic Enrichment Officers for each Faculty (listed below):

The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

The University of Manchester works in partnership with The Brilliant Club to offer you the opportunity to join The Brilliant Club’s PhD tutor community in 2020-21.

Download – Information for Researchers (pdf)

Why Become a Scholars Programme PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  • Earn £500 per placement plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

The Brilliant Club will be running an online webinar on 29 April 2020 at 11am and 20 Mary 2020 at 11am, where you can find out more about the opportunity of becoming a Scholars Programme PhD tutor. Come along to find out more about the opportunity. To access the webinar, please follow the following links:

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 11am – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/995686677
Wednesday 20 May 2020, 11am – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/810030517

Successful applicants are able to select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in and whether they would like to deliver multiple-placements.

Tutors are supported by a training programme consisting of two full-days including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Each Scholars Programme placement then begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the tutoring opportunity online. To apply please visit the application form.

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

Looking for a full-time position?

If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about our charity’s aims, you can apply to our sister programme, Researchers in Schools. RIS is a full-time route into teaching for PhDs that incorporates elements from The Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skill set. For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact us on apply@researchersinschools.org

The Brilliant Club – inspiring the next generation of researchers

The University is continuing its successful partnership with The Brilliant Club, after almost 5 years of working together.

The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. It recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

In the last academic year we hosted over 1,000 pupils on the scholars programme onto our campus, and 29 of our researchers worked as tutors, engaging over 600 pupils in their research.

We’re pleased to report that in January 2020, two pupils who have worked with researchers at The University of Manchester have been published in the latest issue of The Scholar, The Brilliant Club’s academic journal of outstanding pupil work. The Scholar is published termly and showcases some of the excellent work produced by pupils. All assignments nominated for publication are reviewed by an expert panel of PhD researchers and only the highest scoring are published.

This is an example of the high standard of work produced by students on the programme, supporting our targets within our Access and Participation Plan (APP).

In The University of Manchester’s APP we have committed to: Delivering the Scholars Programme over the next 5 years in collaboration with the Brilliant Club in order to improve pupils’ confidence in specific competencies which are important for HE readiness. This work is targeted at students who are eligible for pupil premium, with no parental experience of HE and from the most deprived areas (IDACI).

We have a specific target around the academic performance of pupils taking part in the Scholars Programme: In partnership with the Brilliant Club, the University will support pupils from POLAR 4 Q1&2 areas or eligible for Pupil Premium to make at least a 5% improvement in their overall academic progress whilst participating in the Scholars Programme

Researchers interested in applying to be a tutor on the programme, or schools interested in taking part can get in touch with The Brilliant Club.