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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.

MAP Academic Tutors Needed – applications open until 3 Feb

MAP 2020 – Academic Tutors Needed!
The Manchester Access Programme is now recruiting academic members of staff or PhD students for academic tutors for 2020.

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?
MAP is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of talented local sixth form (Year 12) students into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our website. We are hoping to recruit approximately 640 students onto the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

What is expected of a MAP Academic Tutor?
Tutors are required to support 1- 6 Year 12 students during their time on the scheme and oversee their completion of an academic assignment. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student and the marking of their draft and final assignment. You will be paid £60 per student that you tutor.

To hear from a current MAP tutor, please watch this video.

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 2020. Please also note any planned periods of extended absence that cover the dates above.

Application
If you are interested in becoming a MAP tutor, then you must complete the online application form. Applications close on Monday 3rd February 2020, and successful applicants will be contacted by mid-February.

Contact Details
For more information, contact the MAP team; map@manchester.ac.uk; 0161 306 6505

Opportunity for current students: ReachOut leadership development programme

Many of you will have heard of ReachOut before – a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantage schools to raise aspirations and attainment. Many of our current students volunteer with ReachOut on their mentoring projects and the central Widening Participation team deliver workshops to their primary learners and host the ReachOut graduation on campus each summer.

See: https://www.reachoutuk.org/

ReachOut have asked us to share details of their new paid, year-long, development opportunity based in Manchester, London or Liverpool to current students here; full details are on the attached flyer (pdf).

We are hosting two information sessions on campus on Wednesday 26 February (Session 1 – 1pm or Session 2 – 3pm), for students to find out more about the opportunity; details of which are also on the attached flyer.

Any questions about the programme can be directed to Becky Sutch at ReachOut (email: becky.sutch@reachoutuk.org)

Medicine and Healthcare online mentor opportunity – sign-up by 9 Dec 2019

Inspire young people as an online mentor!

Greater Manchester Higher are looking for online mentors to share their experience of working in healthcare with young people from Year 12. It’s easy for mentors to get involved and sharing their experience can make a huge difference. Mentors can log in from anywhere and at a time that suits them (approx.1-2 hr a week for 6 weeks)

“A great way to help students be clearer in what they want to do in the future” – Insight mentee, 2019

Please find attached a flyer with more info and how to sign-up. Sign up by 9 December 2019

Posted on behalf of Emily Robinson | Student Recruitment & Widening Participation Officer (Greater Manchester Higher), The University of Manchester

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