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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).

The Brilliant Club – Tutoring Opportunity for PhDs and Postdoc

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more: Tuesday 31 January, University Place 5.209, 13:00-14:00

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can a video including past PhD Tutors: http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/

Or download this leaflet – The Brilliant Club – Placement information – Manchester Uni (pdf)

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

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

Event: Resilence, Recovery, Happiness. 4 November 1pm Zochonis Building

An interactive music event: Resilience, Recovery, Happiness –  1pm Friday 4 November,  Zochonis Building Café (ground floor), Brunswick Street

The Division of Psychology and Mental Health in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health are holding an interactive music event that will explore and write new songs on the themes of resilience, recovery and happiness with Music Action International’s refugee torture survivor collective, Stone Flowers.

Stone Flowers will teach and sing songs from their existing repertoire as well as premiering new songs exploring the resilience that has kept them going through difficult times, and the happiness discovered through creativity and music.

You can meet the band, listen, and even join in – regardless of musical experience!

Prof Gill Haddock, Head of The Division of Psychology and Mental Health, comments: “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our experience of resilience, recovery and happiness through the medium of music. Everyone is welcome to attend to just listen or participate and enjoy.”

Everyone is welcome to attend – please just drop in on the day.

For more information, please contact emma-louise.cullen@manchester.ac.uk or kamelia.harris@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Recruitment Open for Widening Participation fellows for 2016/17 (Paid Opportunity)

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 currently recruiting 1st & 2nd year 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 formers. There are a number of posts available in each Faculty.

Hours and Pay: The period of employment is usually from October – July (10 months). Fellows are paid at a rate of £12.56 per hour. Payment is monthly: e.g. £125.60 / month for 10 months when working 100 hours in total. Potential applicants interested in fewer hours should speak with the contact person for their area given in the attached roles and responsibilities document.

How to apply: Further details of the positions, and reasons to get involved and how to apply can be found in the WPF Role & Responsibilities 2016 (pdf) . Interested applicants need to send a completed WP Award Holder Application Form (doc) to the relevant Faculty Officer by Friday 26 August 2016.

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

Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)