Future Engineers (Lancashire)

INGENIOUS-logo_CS5_previewThis summer the University of Central Lancashire will be launching an exciting new project ‘Future Engineers (Lancashire)’, which has been funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious scheme. This project will see us running STEM clubs in community settings with the opportunity for engineers to engage with young people about their area of research or work. There are opportunities for engineers and community organisations to get involved along with a job opportunity for delivering these clubs. Please see below for more details:

Job Opportunity – Outreach Assistant

We are looking for a creative and engaging individual to help develop and deliver our STEM clubs. The ideal candidate will have a background in STEM (ideally Engineering) and an enthusiasm for engaging young people with engineering.

The role will equate to an average of 16 hours per week and be paid at £21,585pa (pro rata).

The job description and person specification can be found here. Please search the UCLan online vacancies for further information and to apply.

Opportunities for Engineers to take part in the project 

As part of this project engineers can take part in training that will help develop your own ‘WOW’ pitch – with input from a leading STEM Educationalist, and to learn more about how to distil what you do all day into a short, catchy and inspirational session.

In the coming 18 months there will be STEM Clubs, Youth Group sessions and industrial visits that you can support – but you do not need to commit to the whole programme.

Training will include:

  1. How you engage an audience – breaking through the jargon 2. How you create memorable engagement 3. How you make high-level content relevant to the age range.
  2. Activity showcase
  3. Development of Ambassadors ‘WOW’ pitch.

We hope this session will be of value to engineers generally, and allow time to think and create ‘your story’ into a memorable, inspirational and fun experience for students.

The training will take place at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre in Preston on 17 July 2018 – 4.00pm – 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited so please BOOK now!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ingenious-stem-ambassador-training-create-your-wow-to-inspire-pupils-in-engineering-tickets-46180594401

Community Organisations

If you are a community organisation working with young people and would like us to run a club with your group, please contact us on engageuclan@uclan.ac.uk.

 

 

 

 

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Education Catalysts 2018

Background

Teachers – are you passionate about giving all young people an equal chance in education? The University of Central Lancashire is looking for your educational expertise, enthusiasm and insight to help develop engaging content to form part of our engagement and access programme.

The University is committed to widening participation in higher education and works to remain open and accessible to everyone regardless of background. Through the engagement and access programme, we run activities with young people from backgrounds underrepresented at university to raise aspirations, support attainment and improve attitudes towards education and careers. The activities we deliver range from on-campus events, in-school workshops and community-based events.

Job role

This role is flexible and can be fitted around teaching hours. It will involve designing and developing content that can be delivered by our engagement team or current undergraduate students. We are looking for the knowledge, skills and insight of current school teachers to help inform the activities we deliver and ensure they are of a high quality and properly meet school’s needs. We would like the following activities to be developed:

  • Activities that can be delivered in primary or secondary schools that help students with literacy or numeracy.
  • Workshops or activities that can be delivered to help aid revision or homework.

The role will be paid at £17/hour and hours will be negotiated at interview.

Person specification

Education
  • PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status
  • Educated to degree level
Experience

 

  • Current subject-specific teaching experience in a state-maintained high school.
  • Experience of teaching English, Maths or Science.
  • Experience of developing curriculum-enhancing and extra-curricular activity.
  • A proven track record of designing engaging and innovative learning experiences for young people.
  • Experience of interacting with universities and organising trips and visits.
Skills and Qualities

 

  • An excellent knowledge of your subject curriculum and the needs of learners.
  • The ability to identify how university-run outreach activity can enhance the aspirations and attainment of young people.
  • A proactive, enthusiastic and autonomous approach to work.
  • A passion for helping young people realise their potential and engage with education.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please send the following to Dr Elizabeth Granger, Public Engagement Manager via email (egranger@uclan.ac.uk):

  • A copy of your CV
  • A covering letter outlining why you would like to apply for the role
  • An outline of activities you would be interested in designing as part of the role

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 May.

Successful candidates will be invited for interview in late May/early June. Interviews will take place during the evening to fit around teaching commitments and can be competed remotely (e.g. using skype).

 

Job Opportunity – YSC Senior Education Officer

We have an exciting opportunity to join the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC) team delivering interactive and engaging STEM workshops to young people aged 7-18 years. We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual with recent experience of teaching Science in a secondary school setting. As part of this role you will develop and deliver workshops covering all areas of STEM with a view to enthuse and excite young people about these subjects.

DSC_5691The centre is a collaboration between the University and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) and is modelled on the L’Oréal YSC based with the Ri. Situated in the heart of the Preston campus, in a busy research and teaching building, the YSC is a vibrant laboratory space dedicated to delivering STEM workshops to school groups and the public. The YSC is part of larger Engagement and Access team, so this role will require input to projects that contribute to the University’s widening participation and public engagement programmes.

DSC_3087Salary: £29,799

Deadline for applications: January 3 2018

For more information about the role please look through the job description found here. To apply, please use the UCLan jobs pages found here.

For informal enquiries please contact the Liz Granger (Public Engagement Manager) via email (egranger@uclan.ac.uk).

Job Opportunity – Join the UCLan Public Engagement Team

295639_10151594336133632_377059618_nAre you passionate about public engagement and science communication? We may just have the role for you in the Engage UCLan team! We’re looking to recruit a Public Engagement Coordinator who will help deliver events, activities and projects that engage UCLan staff and students with the wider community. A large part of the role will be contributing to the organisation and planning of the Lancashire Science Festival.

We are looking for someone who has a good knowledge of university research culture and is enthusiastic about encouraging and facilitating others to get involved with public engagement activities. This would be an ideal role for someone who has been working in research and is looking to make a move into public engagement.

Salary: £24983 (Grade F)

Location: Preston, Lancashire

Contract type: Full time, permanent

If you would like to apply, please search the UCLan recruitment pages and submit an online application. For information enquiries, please contact Liz Granger at egrnager(at)uclan.ac.uk.

 

Education Catalysts

295639_10151594336133632_377059618_nBackground

Teachers- are you passionate about the value of education and inspiring young people? The University of Central Lancashire is looking for your educational expertise, enthusiasm and insight to help develop engaging content to form part of our engagement and access programme.

The University is committed to widening participation in higher education and works to remain open and accessible to everyone regardless of background. Through the engagement and access programme, we run activities with young people from backgrounds underrepresented at university to raise aspirations and improve attitudes towards education and careers. The activities we deliver range from on-campus events, in-school workshops and community-based events.

Job role

This is a summer role, which will involve designing and developing content that can be delivered by our engagement team or current undergraduate students. We are looking for the knowledge, skills and insight of current secondary school teachers to help inform the activities we deliver and ensure they are of a high quality and properly meet school’s needs. We would like the following activities to be developed:

  • 1 hour subject-specific workshops that can be delivered in school by undergraduate students.
  • Educational activities that can be delivered in our community outreach space InTheCity (situated in the St Georges Centre, in Preston city centre).
  • Workshops or activities that can be delivered to help aid revision or homework.

Content that is developed can cover any subject area but we are particularly interested in the following subjects: Maths, English, Humanities, Arts and Languages.

The role will be paid at £15/hour and hours will be negotiated at interview. There is scope for a maximum of 30 hours per week over a 4 week period in the summer, dependant on the projects that are proposed.

For more information, please see the full role description here.

SaturYAY – Community kids club

Have you heard about SaturYAY? It’s our new exciting community kids club which focuses on extended learning activities between children and parents.. and IT’S TOTALLY FREE!

If you are in the area on a Saturday come join us at the UCLan InTheCity pop up shop based in St George’s Shopping centre – Lune street entrance. There’s always lots to going on throughout the session.

Recently, we’ve been focussed on christmas activities for children aged from 2-9 years old. We strive to engage with parents of young children to make life better for them! Each session is an extended learning activity, from kinectic movement and development to understanding the importance of involvement and sharing.

As we mentioned, the event it totally free – meaning no gimmicks. None what so ever!
Come along with your children and engage in a range of activities we have going on, from arts and crafts to a messy play handprint wall. Prams are welcome and we have specific stroller station where you can park your buggy!

The event is staffed by UCLan staff and student staff. Lee is qualified at childcare and is DBS checked, the student staff have undergone relevant HR checks, and the volunteers involved are also DBS checked through our centre of volunteering!

Free juice, tea and coffee and provided throughout.

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Community up-cycling InTheCity

Over the last 6 weeks, every Friday we’ve been working really hard to bring the public of Preston something very special. The University of Central Lancashire has donated a job lot of old wooden science stools to our community up-cycling project. We’ve jumped in at the deep ed with this project and got to grips with it right away. From day one, we’ve been stripping these wooden beauties back down to the bare wood and started creating some creative masterpieces!

We’ve had a range of people from all walks of life get involved in the project, and it’s really starting to pay off. For instance there’s this one old man who comes along week in and week out. Not only does he get stuck into. But he’s also full of extremely useful knowledge of which he is passing onto other participants within the project. He’s taken two stools as a matching pair and gone to town on them. Before he finished the stools – he had already sold them.

Once the stools have been completed, and stained with a lick of varnish and protecter, these will be sold on to the general public with 100% of the profits going to local charities in Preston. That’s the beauty with this type of project. Once we have sold a few stools, the project then becomes a self sustaining project. Not only do volunteers involved within the project benefit, but the wider community also benefit also.

Each week the project gets bigger and better. We’re expecting the project to really take off over the new few weeks – but if you are interested in getting involved and gaining a centre of volunteering ILM accreditation or your CV then please do get in touch. You can contact us on InTheCity@uclan.ac.uk or 01772895373 You can also visit us in the shop – UCLan InTheCity, St George’s Shopping Centre, 51 Lune Street, Preston. PR1 2TU.

Have a look below at some of our amazing transformations.

 

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