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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Scientists & Co. are recruiting volunteers!

Scientists & Co., a non-profit organisation, are running the Shadow a Scientist programme for a second time after a successful pilot this July.

Aim of the Programme  

The aim is to increase the social mobility of highly motivated 16-18 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. It involves a 2-day shadowing experience with researchers at King’s and taster sessions/workshops delivered in collaboration with KCLSU and the King’s Widening Participation department. We aim to boost the pupils’ confidence in breaking cultural barriers and inspire them to pursue STEM subjects.

To view details of the July session and volunteers’ testimonials, please click here, and to read pupils’ testimonials, click here.

Who are we looking for?

  • 20 enthusiastic volunteers (ideally PhD students/postdocs working in science, technology, mathematics and engineering) who are willing to be shadowed on the 25th-26th October 2016. Each volunteer will be assigned two pupils for 5 hours each day. You will be expected to carry on with your normal schedule but with two enthusiastic 16 year olds by your side!
  • 10 volunteers to help with the CV/Personal Statement Clinic on the 27th October 2016 at Guy’s campus. Each volunteer will be required to read and provide input on short CV/Personal statements (~150 words) for 2-3 pupils.

Please note: All volunteers will be required to attend the ‘Meet & Greet’ session on 24th October where lunch will be provided. They will also need to go through a DBS check and a very short (~45 mins) safeguarding training course in the first week of October.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE 25th SEPTEMBER 2016

Women in Science Symposium

As part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations, Murray Edwards is holding a ‘Women in Science’ symposium on Friday 26th September 2014. This research-based event will focus on three key areas around women in STEM subjects; female participation in STEM in schools, the Undergraduate experience of women in STEM and the value of STEM in the labour market.

This symposium will feature keynote speakers, including Professor Dame Athene Donald, Lord Browne and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and panel discussions to provide a unique platform for researchers and key stakeholders to engage with the academic debate around this issue and to identify key research areas, as well as taking discussion forward on what can be done in practice. In each case, the research findings will be complemented by views from practitioners (e.g. teachers and students) on their experience and their practical approaches to how we make a difference.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Towards Gender Equity in STEM Careers

Peter Luff MP, ScienceGrrl and Connect Women invite you to be part of the debate.

Date: Tuesday 16th July 2013
Time: 8.15 – 10:00 am (Formal event runs 8:30 – 9:30am with networking before and after)

ScienceGrrl www.sciencegrrl.co.uk (a network promoting and supporting women in STEM) are holding a breakfast networking event on Tuesday 16th July, 8.15am – 9.30am (with extending networking until 10am) hosted by Arup (8 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BQ).

The event will examine obstacles faced by women and girls in STEM and will feed directly into their upcoming report ‘Towards Gender Equity in STEM Careers’. The report has been commissioned by Peter Luff, MP www.peterluff.org.uk with industry backing.

Dr Frances Saunders (President-Elect, Institute of Physics) will be delivering the Keynote Address, with the hope of a lively morning of round-table discussions to follow! A varied audience is expected including representatives from their industrial sponsors, academics & policy makers – and people at different stages of their education and careers.

For more information and to register for a place please visit the link here: http://genderequityinstem.eventbrite.co.uk/

Another Knowledge Transfer job – for STEM or social science PhD

**The deadline for this post has passed, but the information is retained for your further research inspiration**

‘The successful candidate should have a first degree (1st or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant (STEM-related or social science) subject and a PhD in a STEM-related or social science subject. Although the Associate will be a King’s College London employee, they will be predominantly based at EngineeringUK London offices at 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX.

The post would suit someone with a business or academic background, a keen interest in working with schools and business and with research/evaluation experience in the STEM area. The post will be based at EngineeringUK with regular meetings at the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at King’s (CRESTEM).’

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