Forgotten your password? | Login

Archive for the ‘Currently available’ Category

Podcast: The future we choose – UCU Green New Deal

Posted by Meg Baker

This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and contribute to the communications of what a green transition can look for universities and colleges. It builds on the UCU Green New Deal, which is a framework for staff in universities and colleges to use for negotiating with their employers to ensure our education institutions are making a green transition, and bringing the workforce and students with them. More information on the UCU Green New Deal can be found here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/green-new-deal

You will be supported by staff working on environment and sustainability at UCU to identify the framing for the podcast episodes and key individuals to interview.

We are seeking someone who is a confident communicator and able to facilitate an informative and inspiring interview to be included on UCUs new podcast series.

It is likely interviews will take place online, so recordings will be through the online platforms used for the interviews (e.g. zoom). Ideally you will have some experience or an interest in editing audio materials to streamline the interviews.

How the climate crisis is impacting educators and teachers

Posted by Meg Baker

UCU is committed to engaging members with calling on their employers to take action on climate change. UCU recognises that climate change is a justice issue and if we are to address the climate crisis, we need to do this with justice as a central pillar. With this, is the need for a Just Transition for workers to a green economy.

This project/ opportunity aims to draw together case studies and examples of where teachers/educators globally are already being impacted by the consequences of the climate crisis. It aims to raise awareness across the trade union movement of how the climate crisis is an issue effecting workers and workers' rights, therefore highlighting the fact that the climate crisis is a trade union issue. By compiling case studies of examples exemplifying this, it is hoped that engagement with calling on employers to take action in addressing the climate crisis will increase and the importance of this issue will become all the more apparent to trade union members.

It may be that this is carried out by one student, or a small group of students working together.

UCU will provide leads for contacts to reach out for identifying case studies. You will also be supported with the framing for the video/ short film.

It is possible for students to divide the tasks for this project up, therefore you may have skills for video editing/ creation, whilst someone else may be able to take a lead on gathering the case studies.

Developing an Environmental Impact Report for the Lincolnshire YMCA

Posted by Michael

The outcome of the project is an assessment of our environmental impact, suggestions for reducing our impact including quantified steps to reduce carbon usage and single use plastics. Identification of potential funding sources to reduces impact e.g. building design, use of solar panels on all buildings etc. This could lead to drafting a statement of environmental principles for the organisation to adhere to.

Social Media Manager (Paid Placement)

Posted by Mikaela

We have BIG DREAMS at She Almighty and we need great people who care about others and our planet to realise those dreams. There are a number of roles and opportunities which we could provide from social media, design, marketing, and community management, to administrative and business development or being our impact ambassador. You could actually try all of those things! In return, we will provide personal and professional development and career coaching; after all, that's what we do best! We are also open to suggestions and opportunities to shape, collaborate on, and support projects and research. The She Almighty mission is to empower girls and women of all ages, stages and backgrounds and to make our world a better, healthier, and more harmonious place. If you share our values and believe in our mission, we'd love to welcome you to the team!

Videographer for ‘Down the Lens’

Posted by Emily

'Down the Lens' is an online drama session for children and adults with learning difficulties and additional complex needs. I currently upload the footage onto Imovie and attempt to edit the videos myself - adding subtitles and limited effects which the participants ask for. However, the quality is not that good. I would really like to create a showreel for each participant that showcases the amazing work they have created over the past 18 months. I would like the editing to look professional and be of a standard that I can upload onto my website, which is currently been made.

I have recently received funding from Unltd, so this opportunity will be paid.

If the collaboration is successful, then the offer the individual to work alongside me more frequently will be available.

Kindest regards,

Emily

Exploring how feasible an sustainable lifestyle is for the young people on a low income

Posted by Sue

We want to explore just how feasible an environmentally sustainable lifestyle is for the young people we work with, particularly for those on a low income and who have experienced homelessness. Are choices such as ‘organic’, ‘low carbon’ or ‘veganism’ attainable for everyone and if not, how can we help bridge the gap?

A project like this might consist of interviews with staff members and service users, research into other industries and sectors and shadowing meetings with young people.

Exploring how to adapt services to reflect commitment to addressing climate change

Posted by Sue

We want to assess our current sustainability credentials across our whole organisation, exploring ways we can innovate and adapt our services to reflect our commitment to addressing climate change. This will include exploration into existing services we provide e.g. supported accommodation for homeless young people and horticulture, and might consist of interviews with staff members and service users and research into other industries and sectors. It could also look into how we better use all our stages of accommodation and land to enhance the environments around us.

Maximising the potential of renewable energy: problem solving for the RED WoLF project

Posted by Rachel

The RED WoLF summer school will take place entirely online from June – August 2021, where small groups will develop impactful projects, research or initiatives addressing real-world challenges faced by the RED WoLF project, which is maximising the potential of renewable energy and smart renewables.

Students will be presented challenges by the RED WoLF project partners, and other key stakeholders and then will be assigned in small interdisciplinary groups to a challenge stream based on academic discipline, experience and interests. Students will be invited to join a number of online workshops and seminars to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to problem-solve their assigned challenge, before working independently and in groups to address the challenges over the 9-week programme.

We are expecting the time commitment for students to be around 1 day per week, with very few set hours so it is manageable around other commitments. In August, student groups will write up and present their findings, results and recommendations back to the challenge setters and other relevant stakeholders and receive feedback.

Through taking part, you will develop and demonstrate transferable professional and academic skills and apply them to challenges which are addressing the climate emergency. You will also earn a digital badge. Whilst we expect the majority of students to take part in an extra-curricular capacity, we can aim to meet academic requirements if you are able to claim academic credit for placements such as this as part of your course. Please talk to your supervisor and get in touch with us to discuss more.

Applications are open now for students from all disciplines in North-West Europe (UK, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland). Apply here (deadline 7 May): bit.ly/redwolfschool

Resource for embedding sustainability in tertiary education

Posted by Meg Baker

We are looking for a creative and motivated student, or group of students to work with us in updating our publication resource of examples highlighting how and where sustainability has been embedded in programmes of study. Our current resource is focussed on universities, we are looking to update this, as well as produce a college focussed resource to accompany this.

This would suit a student interested in applying their writing and/or design skills to a document that will be open access for staff and students across the tertiary education sector in the UK.

Support will be provided by SOS-UKs education team, who will direct you towards relevant colleagues in the tertiary education sector in order to capture interesting and relevant case studies.

The Sustainability Improves Student Learning website is designed for STEM academic faculty to learn how to educate for sustainable development. This great website needs periodic updating.

Posted by Wendy

Looking for an undergraduate or graduate student to maintain the website.

Research into economically inactive women in Devon

Posted by Alice

We work with Positive People, a programme which helps people who are out of work to build their confidence and develop their skills. Currently Positive People is not meeting the targets it has set itself for the number of women participating in the programme. We are helping them to explore why this is and how they could engage with more women across Devon. One area we are interested in is the number of women in Devon who are economically inactive as opposed to unemployed. We would like to get a better understanding of what these figures look like, why women are economically inactive and what support they might want or need. The areas of research we would propose to cover are:

Figures for economic inactivity across Devon. How do these compare for men and women and what’s the breakdown by gender and ethnicity?

How has the picture changed since the 2011 census?

Is there any evidence yet of the impact of Covid?

Draw on findings above to carry out qualitative research into women who are economically inactive in Devon:

Who are they?

Where are they?

Why are they economically inactive?

Would they like to gain any education or training?

If they would like to be in work, now or in the future, what steps do they need to take/what support do they need?

There is flexibility for students to help shape the direction of the work, so we would be happy to talk through any ideas for other related areas of research. The start date and deadline can also be flexible - we anticipate it would take around 8 to 12 weeks, depending on your schedule and availability. We will provide as much support as we can. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions.