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Student Researchers - Theatre in Education project (2 positions) - Open to current University of Worcester Biological Sciences undergraduate students only

Two undergraduate Biological Sciences students are needed to help with the production of a science-themed theatre in education project.

We welcome applications from current students studying  the following :

BSc Biology, Human Biology, Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic & Applied Biology, Human Nutrition

Selection Process:

Selection methods to include:

• A short presentation outlining the effects on society of rapid advances in Genetics. (5 mins)

 • Questions from the panel regarding relevant skills and subject knowledge. (10 mins)

 The selection panel to include two academic staff from the Institute of Science and the Environment.

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Closing date: Thursday 16 Nov 2017

Reference number: STU1720 - 3461

Job details

Job details

£8.27 per hour plus £1.16 an hour holiday pay
40 hours in total across the project*
Responsible to
Lead for Learning & Teaching & Principal Lecturer in Animal Biology
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Science and the Environment

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“The Institute’s acclaimed research has a common thread: our belief that science should be centred around its impact on people”
Professor John Newbury, Head of Institute



A Theatre in Education project is being funded jointly between IoA (Dr Jane George) and ISE (Drs Mike Wheeler and Chris Brown) with University money from Anne Hannaford for a science-themed play (named Creation 2.0) to be performed in Science Week (March 2018). Funding from the Institute L&T committee for ISE has been agreed to fund two Biological Sciences students as part of the project. The two students involved will help workshop the script which has been provided to ensure that this is of proper scientific content and gets over important messages about the use and potential of science in wider society. The two students will also be involved at the performances during Science Week by facilitating a Q & A session around the play and the issues that the drama raises. In addition, the students will prepare and deliver a post-show talk based on the issues within the drama

Main duties

Main duties

The advertised vacancies relate to the following roles for the successful candidates

1. Taking part in initial workshops to hone the play such that it contains correct educational value (Nov-Dec 2017)

2. Liaising with Drs Wheeler and Brown regarding scientific content

3. Planning a Q&A session themed on the play (to be delivered in production, March 2018

4. Preparing a post-play talk to the audience

5. Involvement in post-production discussions on applying for further funding for the project to be moved out of Worcester.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working







Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Must be a current University of Worcester Biological Sciences undergraduate student (i.e. BSc Biology, Human Biology, Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic & Applied Biology, Human Nutrition)

2. Have some knowledge of genetics and implications of new genetic technologies

3. Be able to work to a strict timetable to deliver the project

4. Have the ability to communicate results through verbal and written media to a professional standard

5. Be able to work as part of a team

 Desirable Criteria



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