Opportunities Calendar

Campus Communications Manager @ University of Edinburgh
Jun 6 – Jul 4 all-day

We are looking for a Campus Communications Manager to lead our team at the Easter Bush Campus. It would be great if you could forward the email to any potential candidates you may know.

The job-holder will be responsible for developing and maintaining a campus communications strategy that will enable the Campus to achieve its strategic goals. This role will lead a digital resources alongside a wide ranging communications and marketing team. You will lead, develop and integrate innovative communication and marketing strategies to promote all activities within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS), Global Academy and The Roslin Institute.

You will be an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who will have proven high level leadership skills in a complex and competitive organization. You will have a proven ability to develop and implement effective marketing and communication strategies with creativity in order to develop a cohesive brand and image for all R(D)SVS campus activity.

Annual salary: £39,992 to £47,722 for 35 hours/week.

Closing date: 4 July

For further information about the post and how to apply please visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/working/opportunities/vacancies/campus-communications-manager-043982

For an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact Val Hughes-White, Campus Operating Officer, at: Val.Hughes-White@ed.ac.uk

Beltane Twilight | Public Engagement and Teaching: Two Sides of the Same Coin @ 1.19 Paterson's Land
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Man with full head of greying hair, smiling, wearing a red striped shirt and blue jumper

Thomas Bak

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities, and people who want to work with them, can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At this Beltane Twilight, we’ll be hearing and discussing the thoughts of Thomas Bak on the similarities between public engagement and teaching.

Thomas is Reader in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in the relationships between language, the mind and the brain. Thomas is also an enthusiastic teacher and public engagement professional, with a particular forté in flyering his shows at the Edinburgh Fringe!

In June 2017, Thomas wrote a blog post for the University of Edinburgh’s Teaching Matters about the similarities between teaching and public engagement with research. A year on, Thomas is reflecting on this topic once again. Come and hear his thoughts, share your own, and ask questions!

Who’s this event for?

People from Edinburgh’s universities with an interest in public engagement with research and/or teaching, and people from other organisations who want to engage with the research of Edinburgh’s universities.

Accessing the venue

The venue can be accessed directly from Holyrood Road by walking through Paterson’s Land quad. Alternatively, you can enter through the courtyard off St John’s Road.


Light refreshments will be provided.


Being Human Masterclass – 28 June 2018 @ Senate House
Jun 28 all-day

This full day event is geared towards Being Human Festival <https://beinghumanfestival.org/> organisers and others interested in public engagement in the humanities. Mixing presentations and hands on workshops, the day covers most of the major areas of putting together a successful public engagement activity, from coming up with an idea through to evaluation and pitching to the media.

Alongside presentations from some inspiring Being Human organisers from the past few years, there will also be hands-on workshops in the following areas:

*   Creating innovative event formats

*   Working in partnership with communities

*   Evaluation and demonstrating impact

*   Working with the media

The day will conclude with a panel geared towards working with the media. This panel will feature contributions from academic, broadcaster and Being Human director Professor Sarah Churchwell, public philosopher Nigel Warburton (Aeon, Philosophy Bites) and journalist and editor Alex Clark (Guardian, TLS, Radio 4). This event is supported by Routledge Taylor Francis.

* PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE * <https://beinghumanfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BEING-HUMAN-MASTERCLASS-DRAFT-PROGRAMME.pdf>

The event costs £20 to attend | £10 students/unwaged (please bring evidence of your status for registration on the day).

We have kept the fee as low as possible and it is only being used to cover some basic running costs, including refreshments and lunch which will be provided to all delegates.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the festival in coming years, or just want to learn more about public engagement generally, this should be a useful day.


To book, please visit: https://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/16196

RSB Outreach and Engagement Awards 2018
Jun 29 all-day

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards will be closing for applications in under a month.  

The Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences. The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards


Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jul 2 all-day

We would like to invite Edinburgh Researchers to deliver workshops for Dunbar Science Club on a Saturday morning during 2017.

Dunbar Science Club

Dunbar Science Club was created in 2011 by a small team of volunteer parents of pupils attending Dunbar Primary School.  Our objective is to inspire and encourage a life-long interest in science amongst children living in the Dunbar Cluster area by running an annual programme of varied workshops provided by local scientists (including volunteer parents) and external providers.

Dunbar Science Club was an initiative of Dunbar PS’s Parent Council’s “Science, Maths, Engineering & Technology Sub Group” that also created the annual award winning community science festival, Dunbar SciFest.

Dunbar Science Club is supported by Community Windpower Ltd, who also support Dunbar SciFest.

Please see the Dunbar Science Club Facebook page and our website to see previous workshop blogs etc.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops

We deliver three one-hour long workshops, ideally fortnightly between September and June annually. The first two workshops, starting at 9.30am and 10.30am are for children aged 5-8 and the third workshop, starting at 11.30am, is for children aged 9-12+.

We open the online workshop booking, via our own Dunbar Science Club App, two weeks before the workshop date.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops Dates 2017

  1. 01.17
  2. 02.17
  3. 02.17
  4. 03.17
  5. 03.17
  6. 04.17
  7. 05.17
  8. 05.17
  9. 06.17
  10. 06.17

Are you interested in delivering workshops for Dunbar Science Club?

If so, please contact the organiser asap and confirm the following:

  1. Which date / dates from the list above you would be available to deliver your workshop activities?
  1. That you are happy to deliver 3 x 45-50 minute duration workshops within the hour-long slots, starting at 9.30, 10.30 & 11.30am?
  1. That your workshop activities are suitable for the 2 age groups (5-8 and 9-12+)? Please note that we are very happy for you to use us as ‘guinea pigs’ to test out activities that may wish to run at open days, science festivals etc.
  1. How many people will deliver the workshops?
  1. Whether you charge a fee and if so how much or whether you’d be happy for us to cover your travel expenses? We will provide hot drinks and snacks from the Ridge Cafe

We would need you to provide the following information asap please:

  • Workshop Title
  • Workshop descriptive blurb (ideally 50 words, max 100 words)
  • The capacity of each workshop – please advise us on what you think will work best for your activity, anywhere between 10-30 children per session
  • Workshop Risk Assessment
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jul 2 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Jul 2 all-day

be-experimentalFreelance Science Presenters 

Central Scotland 

Competitive hourly rate

 No application deadline

We are always looking for dynamic freelance science presenters to deliver our science experiments, demonstrations and workshops to people of all ages. We have a schools and nursery  programme, we run events for groups and clubs, and provide entertainment for parties and events.

You should have experience of working with children and presenting science to public audiences, and be enthusiastic and engaging. Must be a self-starter. A driving licence and access to a reliable car is essential.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to lindsaymurphy@beexperimental.co.uk.

STEAM Summer School 2018 – 10 days of Science Communication Training
Jul 2 all-day

2-11 July 2018; Malta

Join us for a 10-days intensive training in science communication in Malta. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and inventively marries science and art in science communication practice.

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply for a STEAM grant for travel, accommodation & fees (for University of Edinburgh staff & students only) due 27 November 2017
  2. Apply for a Eurasmus+ mobility grant for travel, accommodation & fees through your university (due date to be advised – but likely to be early February 2018)
  3. Pay to attend with an earlybird registration fee of €550 before 1 May 2018
  4. Pay to attend with a late registration fee of €600 before 4 June 2018

For more information see www.steamsummerschool.eu/register-steam or contact steam@um.edu.mt. Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Widening Participation Project Officer, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
Jul 2 all-day

We’re recruiting for a Widening Participation Project Officer at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh to join our Public Engagement and Outreach team.

It is a part time (3 days a week), fixed-term post for 2 years with an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 (pro-rata). The closing date for applications is 5pm, 2nd July 2018.

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found here: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BKL896/widening-participation-project-officer/

Participatory action research: theories, methods and challenges @ St Mary’s College, Durham University
Jul 2 @ 9:00 am – Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm

A two-day course for doctoral students and members of community organisations, organised through Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Programme (NINEDTP) and facilitated by Sarah Banks (Durham University), Mary Brydon-Miller (University of Louisville, USA), Tina Cook (Liverpool Hope University), Yvonne Hall (community researcher), Peter Westoby (Queensland, Australia) and others. Further details can be found in the attached flyer and here:   https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialsciences.health/faculty/par/

Booking is essential. Places are limited to 35, so early booking is advisable. If you are a member of a community organisation interested in attending please complete the online application form for community organisations. If you are a doctoral student, please complete the online application form for doctoral students.

The closing date is Friday 20th April (5pm). Queries about bookings to: contact.nine@durham.ac.uk Queries about the course content to s.j.banks@durham.ac.uk