Researchers at the OU are looking for volunteers to take part in a research project which is looking at how online environments can support career development and employability for distance learning students.
You may have seen or participated in our recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Careers Forum in which experts from industry gave advice and support to OU students. We would like to hear from you if you participated in or viewed the forum.
Your involvement in the research will consist of a one-to-one telephone interview for about 30 to 45 minutes, followed by a short focus group session with other students using Elluminate.
All applicants will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win one of three £20 Gift or Book Tokens.
If you would like to take part, please email your name, PI number and contact details to: email@example.com by Wednesday 15th May 2013.
(Please note this survey is only for OU students)
The maths teacher training scholarships are being delivered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications on behalf of the Teaching Agency.
The aim of this scheme is to encourage individuals with 1st or 2.1 degrees, PhD/Masters or significant mathematical professional experience to become teachers by awarding a £20,000 Scholarship, together with a variety of support from the wider Maths community.
Further information can be found on the Institute’s website.
Similar Scholarships are also being offered in Physics (Institute of Physics), Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry) and Computer Science (BCS) and further information can be found on the BCS website.
From Monday 8th April to Friday 3rd May 2013 the Careers Advisory Service is holding an online forum on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for OU students wanting to plan their next steps. The forum will be moderated by a careers adviser and also supported by a number of ambassadors from STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) who work in and volunteer to promote STEM careers and advise students about the opportunities available.
We hope as many of you as possible will take advantage of this forum to post your questions, browse responses given to others’ questions or use the forum to network and share your experiences with other students. The forum will be live for 4 weeks then read only for 12 months.
For a schedule of future forums or to access past careers forums still available in read-only format, please visit the Forums page of this website.
Tickets are available for the British Ecological Society’s Undergraduate Careers Conference on:
Monday, 18th February 2013
10:00am to 5:00pm
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU
A series of inspiring talks on a wide range of ecological career paths, followed by useful career management workshops discussing your CV and online presence.
Discover the next steps during the Q&A session, before networking with the experts who can make it happen!
Tickets cost £10
The Society of Biology’s Life Sciences Careers Conferences will be taking place at the following universities:
University of Birmingham - Wed 14th Nov 2012
Queens University Belfast - Wed 28th Nov 2012
University of Leeds - Wed 5th December 2012
The conferences are aimed primarily at undergraduates and recent graduates, but postgraduates are welcome to attend.
There will be presentations from high quality speakers covering a range of science-related subjects, including careers in industry, academia, patent law and science communication. There will also be an hour long CV workshop with tips on writing CVs and cover letters and getting an interview.
Students will be able to talk to experts from professional bodies, employers, recruiters and universities about further study. Lunch and afternoon refreshments are included.
Society of Biology members can attend for free, even if they join on the day, and for non-members, attendance is £10.
The Institute of Physics has organized a series of events on Wednesday afternoons or evenings this autumn and winter hosted by companies interested in recruiting physics graduates. Attending these events is an excellent way of finding out what graduate careers are available and how you could boost your chances of securing an interview.
Find out about the recruitment opportunities in companies such as Seagate Technology, IBM, Atkins, Bank of England, TTP, Lockheed Martin and Corporate Risk Associates.
Follow this link for further details and booking for events.
The Institute of Physics is offering 100 teacher training scholarships in 2013 for outstanding individuals with exceptional physics knowledge, enthusiasm and the skills to excel in the classroom. If you would like to put your passion for physics into practice in the classroom, a scholarship worth £20,000 (plus a package of benefits including mentoring) could be yours.
Applications are now open. The first application deadline is 2 October 2012. Further application rounds will follow, but early application is encouraged due to the limited number of scholarships. Find out more.
20 September 2012
Business Design Centre, London
Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK’s largest career fair and conference for the scientific community.
The Expo promotes global career opportunities in science whether in industrial research, research organisations or academia, from public, private, national and international organisations.
The Naturejobs Career Conference complements the Expo. Learn about career development from speakers active in a range of disciplines, organisations and countries. The programme includes tracks for graduates and postdocs, skills workshops and talks on careers in a range of industries.
Registration required. More information
Are you interested in communicating science to a young audience? Lab in a Lorry needs volunteers with a scientific background for events across the North West of England and Scotland during school term time.
Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory which gives young people aged 11-14 the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments. Volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours, oil and viscous liquids) and make sure everyone gets involved through hands-on experience.
You would be asked to oversee an experiment for the day. You will be sent all the background material in advance and on the morning of an event you receive full training on the lab.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one full school day, but you can do as many days as you like. In return you’ll have a rewarding and unforgettable experience, receive some IOP (Institute of Physics) freebies and be awarded affiliate membership to the Institute of Physics for a year.
For more information, tour details and to register visit Lab in a Lorry.
Brightrecruits.com is a recruitment service that connects employers from different industry sectors with jobseekers who have a background in Physics and Engineering.
Published by the Institute of Physics, brightrecruits.com highlights the many different career opportunities available to physics graduates.
Brightrecruits.com provides comprehensive job listings and recruiter information, and a powerful search tool for finding relevant job vacancies.
At all stages of your career - whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, researcher or industry professional - they can help find the right job for you.