Scientists & Co. are recruiting volunteers!

Scientists & Co. will be running two sessions of the ‘Shadow a Scientist’ (SAS) programme in July-August 2017.

Aim of the Programme 

Our goal is to increase the social mobility of highly motivated 16-18 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme involves a 2-day shadowing experience with researchers at King’s and taster sessions/ skills-based workshops. We aim to boost the pupils’ confidence in breaking cultural barriers and inspire them to pursue STEM subjects at university.

Who are we looking for?

  • Enthusiastic shadow volunteers (PhD students/postdocs working in science, technology, mathematics and engineering), who are willing to be shadowed on 25th July, 26th July, 1st Aug and/or 2nd Aug 2017. Each volunteer will be assigned 2-3 pupils for 5 hours each day. You will be expected to carry on with your normal schedule but with our enthusiastic 16 years olds by your side!
  • Volunteers to help with the CV/Personal Statement Clinic on the 27th July and 3rd Aug 2017 at Guy’s campus. Each volunteer will be required to read and provide inputs on a short CV/Personal statement (~150 words) of 2-3 pupils.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 17th Feb 2017 (All volunteers selected for the programme will be notified on 20th Feb)
  • DSB Check/ Induction: 23rd Feb 14:00 – 15:30 or 1st March 14:00 – 15:30 at Guy’s Campus. Compulsory for all (and only) shadow volunteers.

What do volunteers gain?

This is a fantastic opportunity to help deserving pupils while honing your science communication and engagement skills. Your efforts will go a long way in increasing their chances of getting into university!

If you are interested in volunteering please click here to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at support@scientistsandco.org.

To view details of the previous sessions and volunteers’ testimonial, please click here and to read pupils’ testimonials click here.

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PhD students work opportunity with Widening Participation Department

King’s PhD Students, King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

We are seeking current King’s PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. We provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between May and September 2015 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees. Closing date is 2nd May 2016. All details on how to apply and an application form can be found at the web link below:

https://podio.com/webforms/15360176/1029762

For full details and a job description, please click here

If you have any questions about this role please contact Anne-Marie Henderson in the Widening Participation Department at anne-marie.henderson@kcl.ac.uk

The Access Project

The Access Project matches high-flying graduates with students from disadvantaged areas for weekly one-to-one tutorials, helping the students to boost their grades and access highly selective universities.

Working in partnership with schools in London since 2008, the Access Project has a proven track record of raising attainment and widening access. They offer students tutorials in the following subjects:

Maths, Economics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, French, Spanish, Psychology and Sociology

As a tutor you would meet with your student for one hour a week at a coffee shop or other public location near your place of study. The AP train all their volunteers, give you a fantastic bank of resources and their Programme Coordinators are always on hand to provide support and guidance.

Interested in volunteering as a tutor? For more information or to register, visit the website www.theaccessproject.org.uk or emailinfo@theaccessproject.org.uk

King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

Widening Participation are seeking current King’s PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. They will provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

Tutors will be paid a flat rate of £150 per student. This will be staggered in 2 payments one at mid-submission, one at completion. Tutors will be expected to mentor at least two students, however this will vary based on the subjects the students choose.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between July and September 2015 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees.

Please note: If you are a non EU resident you must have an in date Working Visa in your passport OR an in date Biometric Working Visa.

You must be available for the following dates:

  • Tutor Training: 10th June
  • Meet your mentor evening: 9th July

Please click here to access the job description and person specification and an application form can be found here.

  • Completed application forms must be returned Friday 8th May
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th of May

If you have any queries please contact Anne-Marie Henderson in the Widening Participation Department: anne-marie.henderson@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 3948

Grants for department Widening Participation activity

The WP Grant scheme is inviting bids for £2,000-£10,000 for departments and individuals to deliver widening participation initiatives in 2015/16. The scheme provides support to widening participation initiatives using the expertise of King’s staff. It provides funding to activities that can demonstrate ability to contribute to the university’s widening participation strategy and aims. In addition to financial support, bid holders will receive support from the Widening Participation Department to deliver activity, including support with evaluation, engaging schools and young people and space for activity on campus. Bids could include outreach activity with young people, events for schools, teachers and advisors or support for students on-course at King’s.

The scheme is being launched at an afternoon conference in the Great Hall on Friday 1 May, 12:00 to 15:30: Anyone interested in finding out more can book their place at the Working with Schools & Colleges Conference Eventbrite page.

Applications open online from 1 May 2015 and close on Friday 19 June 2015.

Further information and a link to the application form is available from Ruth Squire in the Widening Participation Department (ruth.squire@kcl.ac.uk).

The Access Project

Winning a place to study at a top university is an incredible achievement and the start of a life-changing experience. However, for students from disadvantaged areas the step is not easy as they are half as likely as their more affluent peers to get the top grades needed to apply to the most selective universities.

The Access Project matches motivated school students with PhD candidates and Post Docs for weekly one-to-one tutorials, sessions which support their class work and help them boost their grades.

Working in partnership with schools since 2008, the Access Project has a proven track record of raising attainment and widening university access, and they are now working with 14 schools in London.

With the programme expanding, they are looking for more volunteers to tutor students in the following subjects at GCSE and A-level: English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History. They also offer tutorials in Geography, Spanish, French and German, although with less demand from students.

As a tutor, you would meet with your student for one hour a week, at King’s College London (in a suitable public, or freely bookable space). The Access Project trains all volunteers, gives them access to a bank of resources, and their Programme Coordinators are on hand to provide support and guidance. They are unable to pay volunteers, but offer a strong support system and an opportunity to develop teaching and facilitating skills.

For more information email info@theaccessproject.org.uk or visit our Teaching Opportunities page on the Graduate School’s Intranet pages.

Click here to access the flyer for the Access Project.