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Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 31/01/2014

Science Communicator – Edinburgh International Science Festival


As a Science Communicator with Edinburgh International Science Festival you will form part of the team delivering the workshops and activities which form the Festival’s family programme. High quality Science Communication is at the heart of what Edinburgh International Science Festival is all about and our Science Communicators are our ambassadors. This role makes a real difference to the experience of children, families and adults at the festival.

As the festival only runs for a short time we depend on our staff being reliable and committed to the role for the two weeks for which they are employed.

Size, scope and activity of the role:

· One Edinburgh International Science Festival workshop/show/exhibition to be learned and delivered, with the potential to work on ad hoc events if interested and required.
· Delivery of the designated event required for the full festival run 5 April – 20 April 2014.
Attendance at two mandatory training days required.

Person requirements

We are looking for outgoing people who are excellent communicators and who enjoy working with parents and children aged 3-15 years. Previous experience in Science Communication would be beneficial as would experience working in education or learning support, or a background in theatre and performing arts. However, passion is the key and an ability to work hard and retain your sense of humour is essential.

Essential – Good communication skills, confident presenter, quick learner, comfortable with scientific information, good team working skills, calm under pressure, experience with children, reliable.
Desirable – Scientific background/education, performance skills, experience in education or teaching. Science Communication experience with Edinburgh International Science Festival or other festival or organisation.

How to apply

Apply online at http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/about-us/jobs
Deadline for applications will be 5pm on Monday 24th February. Please apply with an up to date CV and covering letter.
Mandatory training days:
29th March Science Communication Training
2nd or 4th April Event Specific Training

Where Do Graduates Go?

“What Do Graduates Do” (see recent post) also contains a breakdown of the likely areas of the UK in which graduates are likely to find their first job, with some interesting analysis according to job sector.

Unsurprisingly, just over a third of all graduates ended up working in South East England and 21% went to jobs in London, although many were concentrated in the City of London and Westminster, a very small geographic area, whereas under 7% took up jobs in North East England and Northern Ireland.

But a look at destinations broken down by career sector showed up some other happy hunting grounds for graduates looking for jobs outside the centre of London:

  • Marketing graduates also found work in the London Borough of Camden, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Manchester.
  • Science graduates were most likely to start work in Oxfordshire or Cambridgeshire but Merseyside, Surrey, Norfolk and Aberdeen (also the main centre for oil and gas engineering) were popular destinations.
  • Outside London, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Belfast and Tyne and Wear took on IT graduates in considerable numbers.
  • Similarly, graduates in Art and Design subjects also found opportunities in Merseyside, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Manchester, Kent, Glasgow and Edfinburgh.
Of course, many career areas (e.g. retail management, energy, public sector jobs) offer a wider geographic spread of opportunities but the overall message is that graduates in less affluent parts of the country will struggle to find graduate jobs locally – and of course none of the areas mentioned fall within Cumbria or North Lancashire.
Incidentally, you can find an online version of “What Do Graduates Do?” 2012 on the HECSU website

Forthcoming Careers Fairs in Manchester

This is our annual message to let you know the dates of autumn careers fairs for students and graduates, organised by the University of Manchester.

This year’s dates are as follows:

  • ETHNIC DIVERSITY FAIR 2012 (Whitworth Hall, Manchester) 10 October
  • ENGINEERING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 17 October
  • FINANCE, BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 18 October
  • LAW FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 20 November
  • POSTGRADUATE STUDY FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 21 November

 The next Graduate Recruitment Fair will take place in June 2013.

For more information, visit www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/fairs

Manchester Careers Fairs 2012

Manchester University have announced the details of their careers fairs for the coming year:

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June 2012

Graduate Recruitment Fair for graduate jobs and courses commencing 2012 (different exhibitors each day) – see www.manchester.ac.uk/graduatefair

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Engineering, Science & Technology Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Thursday 18 October 2012

Finance, Business & Management Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Law Fair (law firms offering training contracts and placements, course providers offering training courses, professional bodies such as the Bar offering advice)

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Postgraduate Study Fair (universities and training organisations promoting their postgraduate study places for 2013 – NOT a jobs fair for postgraduates)

Full details will soon be available at www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/fairs

Manchester Careers Fairs 2011

The dates for this year’s careers fairs run by Manchester University are as follows:

Graduate Recruitment Fair Manchester: WEDNESDAY 15 & THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2011 – different exhibitors each day.

Engineering, Science & Technology Fair: WEDNESDAY 19 October 2011.

Finance, Business & Management Fair: THURSDAY 20 October 2011.

The Law Fair : TUESDAY 22 November 2011.

The Postgraduate Study Fair: WEDNESDAY 23 November 2011.

Ethnic Diversity Fair: 5 October 2011 subject to confirmation.

More details nearer to the dates from the Manchester Careers Fairs page.