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Find out more about becoming a Widening Participation Fellow

Are you 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 is recruiting non-final year PhD students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows this summer. These positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth formers. There are a number of posts available in each Faculty plus a new role which will look at Public Engagement on clean air for young people.

On 24 June 2019, we are running an informal information session for anyone to come along and find out more about these roles, meet PhD students who have been WP Fellows, and learn more about the application process – you can register here.

You can learn more about our Widening Participation work by visiting our webpages and view our annual report from last year. You can find out more information about the WP Fellow positions here.

Please note these positions are open to PhD students who won’t be in their final year from September 2019. 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:

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis-Kalubowila, Emma Britain and Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, The Univerisity of Manchester

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Through working as a tutor with The Brilliant Club, you will:

  • Develop teaching experience and other employability skills
  • Receive high-quality training in teaching pedagogy
  • Enhance your knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Have the choice of how many placements you’d like to take part in, getting paid £500 per placement

What is The Brilliant Club?

Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. Over the last five years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing over 1000 researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

Find out more and take up the opportunity

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2019-20, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be hosting a series of webinars where you can find out further information about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor.

You can find out when the next webinar is, and register your interest in attending here: https://thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/webinar-tsp-registration/

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/ Then to apply, please complete the application form found at the bottom of The Brilliant Club website page.

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

Manchester Access Programme – closing on Monday

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) closes for applications at 5pm on Monday, 17 December!

MAP, The University of Manchester’s flagship widening participation scheme for local Year 12 students, aims to help Year 12 students who live or study in Greater Manchester and meet specific criteria, to secure a place at The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university.

Programme
MAP participants complete a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills. Tasks include completing an academic assignment (with the full support of a University staff member), attending a two-day University Life Residential and participating in a number of workshops based on individual interests.

Benefits
If you successfully complete MAP, there are lots of benefits:

  • Receive advice and guidance for your UCAS application and personal statement.
  • Receive an early decision on your UCAS application (if you decide to apply to The University of Manchester).
  • Be awarded the Undergraduate Access Scholarship (currently £1000), if you start an undergraduate course at The University of Manchester.
  • Receive a reduced offer of up to two A-Level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer at The University of Manchester.
  • Enhance your skills, such as your time management and team-working skills.
    Prepare for different types of teaching and learning at university.
  • Gain information about the different types of university courses available and what it’s like to be a university student.

Application Instructions
MAP will close for applications at 5pm on Monday, 17 December. You can find the application form and further information on the MAP website.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the MAP team at map@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 306 6505.

Jenny Sloan | Widening Access Project Lead | Student Recruitment and Widening Participation

Could you host a Nuffield placement student?

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts sixth formers participating in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme. Last year we were proud, once again, to have hosted more students than any other institution in the UK. In 2017, many of these opportunities were offered to students who meet their widening participation criteria.

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. (See more information about the scheme below).

We are now looking for Academic Staff or Early Career Researchers in any area of STEM or quantitative social sciences who would be willing to host a Nuffield Research Placement student this summer (July or August 2018).

If you are interested or would like more information please email – roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk

More information the scheme:

The Nuffield Research Placement scheme is a national scheme which provides sixth formers with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians or quantitative social scientists. The students who take part carry out 4-week research placements over the summer, gaining independence, skills and experience and a much-valued insight into research as a career.

What do Nuffield Research Placement students 2017 say:

  • The placement given to me was relevant to what I want to study at university and so helped me make some decisions about my future. It was an amazing experience and I have come away after learning so many things.
  • It was an amazing and life changing experience that helped me grow as a student and as a person. It made me realise that this is what I want to do”.

For Project Providers, the scheme is a ready-made outreach activity supported locally throughout by the regional coordinator. It is a chance to inspire the next generation of researchers, while also making progress on your own research.

What do Nuffield Research Placement Project Providers 2017 say:

  • The Nuffield students are invariably bright and they make a positive hands-on contribution to our research and data analysis”.
  • It will encourage young people to pursue research careers, and will create greater understanding of the usefulness of this type of research.

We are now looking for Academic Staff or Early Career Researchers who can offer a 4-week placement to a local sixth former this summer (July / August 2018). Could you help? Do you have an ongoing project or a pilot project that a competent sixth former could help you with? Do you have a PhD student, post-doc or technician 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.

For further information please visit the Nuffield website:
General website: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements
Student case studies: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/student-case-studies
Information for potential Project Providers: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project-providers

Nuffield Research Placements are run by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK.

The Brilliant Club – PhD Tutor Recruitment

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Through working as a tutor with The Brilliant Club, you will:

  • Develop teaching experience and other employability skills
  • Receive high-quality training in teaching pedagogy
  • Enhance your knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Have the choice of how many placements you’d like to take part in, getting paid £500 per placement

What is The Brilliant Club?

Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. Over the last five years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing over 1000 researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2017-18, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be holding an Information Event at The University of Manchester in the Roscoe Building, room 3.3, on Wednesday 6 September at 1pm. Please come along if you would like to find out more about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor.

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/ To apply, please complete the application form found at the bottom of the Brilliant Club website page.

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

Posted on behalf of Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (SUPI & Academic Enrichment for Biology, Medicine, and Health

Tel +44(0) 161 275 7676 | Email roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk

Widening Participation Fellows: Information Session – 5 June 2017, 3-4pm

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 positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth form. There are a number of paid posts available for students in each Faculty, which are flexible around your studies.

If you would like to find out more, we are running an informal information session on 5th June 3 – 4pm, where you can get more information, meet experienced WP fellows… and eat cake! If you’d like to come along and find out more – please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/widening-participation-fellows-information-event-tickets-34286429634 to register.

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

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis-Kalubowila, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM), The University of Manchester
tel + 44 (0)161 306 1715

Widening participation: A qualitative study exploring accessibility and success barriers in higher education

We want to increase our understanding of how to support students in higher education so that accessibility and success are equal for all.

The teaching and learning environment must provide an equal opportunity to all students and this study will inform this. We are interested in your views as a student or staff member who has been involved in widening participation events at The University of Manchester. This study has been reviewed and approved by The University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee (2016-0222-369) and the interview should take around 45 minutes. We will give you a high street voucher to say thank you for your time.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a time for an interview, please contact Dr Debbie Smith (Debbie.Smith-2@manchester.ac.uk) or Katie Coppack (kathryn.coppack@student.manchester.ac.uk).