New Opportunities for University of Manchester PhD Students at Cultural Venues

Secondary School pupils with Sam, one of Manchester Museum Humanities PhD Demonstrators.

Secondary School pupils with Sam, one of Manchester Museum Humanities PhD Demonstrators.

Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and John Rylands Library are looking to recruit first or second year PhD students to deliver educational sessions for their respective secondary and post-16 programmes. The aim is to utilise PhD student’s expert knowledge to enrich the student experience for our formal school and college visitors.

This will be a paid position for the delivery of education sessions (which includes set-up and clear-away time where applicable). Delivery of sessions will be on a casual basis depending on demand. Demonstrators will receive full training in communication, facilitation and session specific skills before being requested to deliver any sessions. Further details of roles, responsibilities and payment will be given on enquiry.

Applicants at all venues should:

  • Be able to speak enthusiastically about their subject
  • Be able to communicate complex concepts in an approachable and engaging manner
  • Be interested in inspiring pupils to explore further study
  • Have excellent communication skills, preferably with experience of presenting to secondary or college students
  • Be organised, self-motivated, reliable and keen to work with groups of up to 30 secondary or A-level students
  • Be flexible and able to commit to dates up to one month in advance
  • Have some teaching experience (not essential)

Applicants for the John Rylands Library Programme should:

  • Be studying an English subject at PhD level (ideally English Language)
  • Have a good knowledge of the topic of English language change from 1400 onwards
  • Be aware of contemporary debates about prescriptive and descriptive approaches to English usage
  • Have enthusiasm for and experience of working with library special collections material

Email –            Tel: 0161 306 6558

Applicants for the Whitworth Art Gallery Programme should:

  • Be studying an Art subject at PhD level
  • Some experience in leading art workshops
  • Be excited to work with a science demonstrator in an art gallery setting
  • Have a passion for gallery collections or be excited to work with them


  • Be studying a Science subject at PhD level (ideally plant science or similar)
  • Have an interest and knowledge of plants and botany
  • Be excited to work with an art demonstrator in an art gallery setting
  • Have a passion for gallery collections or be excited to work with them

Email:                   Tel: 0161 275 7453

Applicants for the Manchester Museum Humanities Programme should:

  • Be studying Archaeology or Ancient History at PhD level
  • Have an interest and knowledge of material culture and archaeological landscapes
  • Have studied at least two of the following ancient civilisations: Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Maya or Prehistoric Britain
  • Have a passion for museum collections or be excited to work with them

Email:                               Tel: 0161 306 1765

Applicants for the Manchester Museum Science Programme should:

  • Be studying a Science subject at PhD level
  • Have a strong subject and practical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: ancient DNA, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, climate change, imaging techniques (CT scanning/MRI), earth sciences (geology/palaeontology), photon physics or a similar subject area
  • Have a passion for museum collections or be excited to work with them

Email:                Tel: 0161 306 1764

Please apply by completing the online application form via this link by 12th September 2015. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for one of the above roles please contact the relevant lead at the venue.

Student Consultant Opportunity – the Study, Manchester Museum

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Student Consultants

Manchester Museum Volunteer Opportunity

At Manchester Museum, we are creating an exciting new space ‘The Study’ which aims to inspire researchers of all ages, from curious teenagers to amateur enthusiasts. We are looking for University student volunteers to collaborate with staff on the development of a new volunteer role to support this space, help shape our student launch event in September and advise us as we finalise our plans for the gallery and recruit a core team of student volunteers who will inspire visitors in this unique learning environment.

Overview of role:

  • Advise staff on subject matter, content and marketing/branding for ‘The Study’
  • Collaborate with Museum staff on the development of new volunteer role
  • Help shape and plan our student launch event in September
  • Draw on knowledge, interests and skills to offer staff an insight into student life which will

inform the way we engage with students

  • Assist with the promotion of opportunities and events to fellow students

Opportunities as a volunteer:

  • Be involved in a unique opportunity to play a critical role in shaping a permanent Museum


  • Collaborate with staff from across the Museum’s departments
  • Gain insight into learning, exhibitions and programming in museums
  • Meet new people and develop a range of skills including communication and team work
  • To become part of the highly valued Museum Volunteer team with opportunities to attend

further training and development, and to attend social events and private views

What we would like you to bring to ‘The Study’:

  • A passion for learning and desire to share knowledge with others
  • Independent and quirky approach to work
  • New perspective and fresh ideas
  • Strong links to the student community
  • Students from all Universities and subjects areas are welcome
  • 6 months commitment

Reports to:

Volunteer Coordinator & Student Engagement Coordinator


We would like volunteers to commit to 2 hours every fortnight over the summer period, with the opportunity for a regular volunteer session in ‘The Study’ from September onwards

Please contact Kate Glynn by 7.6.15 to register your interest

Science-related residential summer school opportunity for AS students

Green_Vs_Polluted_CityInterested in how we can create a more sustainable future? Brilliant chance for AS level students to be part of our first ever residential Sustainability Summer School here at Manchester Museum. Bringing objects, technology and innovation together. Supported by the NWBLT, as part of our Lever Prize 2015 year. Find more info and how to apply here.

Be a climate researcher – Citizen Science – Make a rain gauge!

Here at the Manchester Museum we absolutely love projects that get pupils involved in real life science that matters – they are, after all, the researchers of tomorrow.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

How much rain falls in Manchester?

So we were really pleased to get information on the ‘Crowdsourcing4Climate: Community Rainfalls Collections’ pilot project, which hopes to get the public and schools collecting rainfall data to add to the data we can use in all sorts of scientific research. It’s simple but could be a brilliant and effective school project and will support research at Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester Universities.

We’ve attached some information on how you can get involved and would love to see local schools contributing – so do take a look and let us know if you need any further information C4C_TeacherGuide-1.

Upcoming Primary Projects

Here at the Manchester Museum we’ve had a couple of busy half term weeks, there’s been lots of very exciting activities going on. This has given the team in the Education Department a chance to plan and prepare for future projects however.

Coming up in March we have a big focus on Primary Science with an Interactive Science day with undergraduate students from the Faculty of Life Sciences here at the University. The students will be delivering a range of interactive Science sessions to spark the imaginations of future scientists.inspirationalscience

We also have a Sustainability day in March where primary school children will be looking at the way we live in the modern world and working out the carbon footprint created from the food we eat.

Look out for what the school groups get up to in future blog posts!

Manchester University Students ‘Super Science Day!’

Third year students from Manchester University have delivered some wonderful Science sessions as part of their final year projects. The topics ranged from ‘Domestication of Dogs’ ‘Guts and Digestion’ ‘Categorising Animals’ and ‘Microbiology.’ It was a fantastic day; the students taught a brilliant Year 6 class from Birchfields Primary School. The class had a really wonderful day exploring hands on the wonder of Science and the Natural World. We hope to offer the same opportunity to the next group of  final year students!