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Job Description

The Queen’s University Widening Participation Unit (WPU) require Maths Mentors to provide support for a GCSE Maths attainment programme for local GCSE students. Full training for the role will be provided. Please note that the hours of the role will be dependent on school availability and timetables. Candidates should be available for approximatey 3 hours every week, on either likely a Wednesday or a Thursday morning from 9am. Exact schedule will be confirmed following appointment. 



Posts are available from January 2024 to June 2024 in the first instance, with the possibility of extension into academic year 2024/2025, subject to a continuing right to work in the UK, active registration on QWork, re-registration with the University in September 2024 and being a registered student of the University for the full duration of the post.     



Working fixed hours, up to a maximum of fifteen hours per week during term-time based on the study level (UG/PGT/PGR) of the candidate appointed.   



Maths Mentors support the work of the Widening Participation Unit in the delivery of this attainment raising programme by:   





  • Engaging with GCSE students (referred to hereafter as programme participants) involved in WPU Maths attainment programme.    







  • Supporting the learning of Maths GCSE students through co-operative learning models in the classroom (training will be provided for the purposes of this duty);    




  • Acting as a ‘role model and ambassador’ for Higher Education to programme participants providing potential students with an enthusiastic insight into life at Queen’s;   




  • Providing assistance to Widening Participation staff members through facilitating small group discussions and activities on subjects relevant to programme participants;   




  • Assisting in motivating and encouraging programme participants to engage fully in all aspects of the delivered programme;   




  • Having knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Groups Act (training also to be provided by Widening Participation in line with QUB code of practice and good conduct policies);  







  • Carrying out any other duties which are appropriate to the post as may be reasonably requested by the supervisor   





The requirements of these posts are that applicants must be currently registered and attending a course at Queen's University, Belfast. Students applying for this post MUST be able to evidence in writing how they meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined below.  Students who DO NOT provide evidence will not be shortlisted and the application will not be considered.  



Qualifications

Attained a C or above in A-Level in Maths. 



Skills

Essential Criteria:   





  • Registered students (undergraduate and postgraduate) at Queen’s University Belfast for academic year 2023– 2024; 




  • All students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved a minimum pass mark of 7.0 in the writing and speaking band of IELTS (International English Language Test Score) or equivalent. (Please note a copy of your IELTS results will be requested by email to your QUB email address following submission of your application); 







  • An understanding of the issues and barriers pupils from Widening Participation backgrounds face when considering or applying to Higher Education;   




  • Experience of working within a team;  




  • Experience of working with young people; 




  • Attained a C or above in A-Level in Maths. 





Desirable Criteria:   





  • Experience of working effectively in a supportive capacity with young people through engagement as a volunteer or as member of a social organisation;    




  • Experience in facilitating small group discussion;   




  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Groups Act and experience of applying that knowledge.   



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POST: AHSS Student Skills Assisant x 12 (Specialists in Digital, Academic, Employability/Transversal skills)



SCHOOL/DEPT: AHSS Faculty Office



DURATION: Fixed Term until 30th June 2025 (with the possibility of contract extension through to August 2025)



WAGE: £19.23 per hour (Salary may increase as of August 2024 but will be commensurate with Queen's University's Agenda for Change)



CLOSING DATE: Midnight on Sunday16th June 2024



EXPECTED INTERVIEW DATES: Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June 2024



NO. OF HOURS PER WEEK: Minimum of 8 hours per week (with the possibility of 10/week)



JOB TITLE: AHSS Student Skills Assisant



QUESTION? Informal queries can be directed to Aileen Carson (Employability and Skills Development Officer with AHSS) a.carson@qub.ac.uk.



 



JOB SUMMARY:



We are looking for 12 exceptional students to join our Student Skills Development Team in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS). As part of a dedicated team of Student Assistants, you'll provide peer-to-peer support and training for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, and to promote the student skills agenda.



The team will be made up of Digital (x4), Academic (x4) and Employability/Transversal (x4) assistants* to form the ‘Student Skills Development Team’ who will then be split into 3 sub-teams supporting either Undergraduate (UG), Post Graduate Taught (PGT), or Post Graduate Research (PGR) students across the faculty. Your responsibilities will include organising events, delivering training, offering support through 1-2-1s and group drop-in sessions, and creating engaging learning guides in written and video formats. Additionally, as a member to the Student Skills Development Team, you will actively represent the student voice in important committees and working groups, contributing to decisions that shape the future of student skills development within the AHSS Faculty and the wider university. See a summary of the overall team breakdown below:




Job Title: Videographer & Content Creator



Job Type: Part-Time



Salary: £19.62 per hour (average 10 hours per week)



Start Date: 11th March 2024 (can be flexible with your timetable)



End Date: August 2024 (maximum of 30 weeks)



Estimated Interview Dates: February/March 2024



Candidate will be Coordinated by: Laura Farling (AHSS Digital Learning Developer)



 



We are seeking a talented and creative Part-Time Videographer to join our team. The ideal candidate should have a passion for storytelling through video and a strong eye for detail. This individual will be responsible for both capturing and editing high-quality video content, mainly in the ‘talking-head’ style, to capture authentic staff and student voices from across the institution of Queen’s University, Belfast. This video content will be published on our Digital Assessment & Feedback Toolkit (on SharePoint) and will ultimately support staff in enhancing their assessment and feedback practices.



 



Key Responsibilities



Video Production:




  • Capture high-quality video footage using 4K camera and high-quality audio equipment.

  • Set up and manage lighting, audio, and other production equipment for shoots.

  • Plan and execute video shoots, including framing, composition, and shot selection.

  • Ensure all equipment is properly maintained and in good working condition.

  • Assist the interviewer and interviewee with ad-hoc video production-related needs.



Video Editing:




  • Store and organise raw video footage securely and in a clear and logical system.

  • Plan and storyboard raw footage into compelling, cohesive videos.

  • Add music, b-roll footage, graphics, and other elements to enhance the visual appeal of the videos.

  • Use video editing software to create engaging and professional content.

  • Ensure that the final videos meet the company's branding and project messaging guidelines.



Content Development:




  • Collaborate with Laura Farling (project coordinator) and creative teams to develop video concepts and storyboards.

  • Propose innovative ideas and approaches to video content that align with the project objectives.

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices in video production.



Project Management:




  • Manage multiple video projects simultaneously, ensuring deadlines are met.

  • Maintain organised records of video assets, including backups and archives.

  • Communicate effectively with the project coordinator, video subjects, and other team members to align to project goals and deadlines.



Qualifications

We are open to receiving applications from any student at Queens (regardless of subject discipline or level). However, it is vital that the successful candidate complies with the following:




  • Candidate must be a current student at Queen’s University, Belfast.

  • Proven experience as a videographer, with a portfolio of previous work.

  • Proficiency in video recording and editing software (e.g. Camtasia, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc.).



Skills

Essential Criteria:




  • Candidate must be a current student at Queen’s University, Belfast.

  • Proven experience as a videographer, with a portfolio of previous work.

  • Proficiency in video recording and editing software (e.g. Camtasia, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc.).

  • Knowledge and experience in using video recording equipment and accessories.

  • Strong creative and storytelling skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

  • Ability to work independently (sometimes with minimal supervision) and manage time effectively.



Desirable Criteria:




  • Familiarity with various video formats and distribution platforms.

  • An interest in education.

  • Knowledge of web design principles and management of digital assets designed for a public audience.

Please read all of this before applying - information on where to send your application is below. 



About the Role

We are looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) to contribute to the King’s Academy GTA Development Programme next year. This fixed-term role would be ideal for someone who has experience as a GTA who is interested in working with King’s Academy to support fellow GTAs and develop their own skills. This post may be particularly suitable for someone wishing to develop an academic career with a teaching component. The post holder will be a member of the King’s Academy team and work alongside other academic development and professional services colleagues to provide support to GTAs. The postholder will receive support and mentoring to develop their expertise in teaching and education. This would be a hybrid role. Office space may be available on the Waterloo or Strand campuses and some working from home may be possible.



Role Purpose




  • To contribute to the design and implementation of the GTA Development Programme.



Role Profile




  • To work closely with the GTA Development Programme Lead to design, plan and run events and workshops for GTAs.

  • To update existing and create new online resources for GTAs, such as on the GTA One Stop Shop KEATS page.

  • To work with the GTA Development Team to plan and organise events for GTAs, which may include workshops, peer teaching support and social events.

  • To develop own teaching expertise in line with the responsibilities of the post.



Application Process



If you fulfil the criteria, please submit and indication of your interest by sending:




  • a concise CV (max two sides of A4) and,

  • a brief covering letter outlining your interest in the post and relevant experience (max two sides of A4)



to Dr Sandra Takei at Sandra.Takei@kcl.ac.uk



Further Information

Interviews will take place on 20 June 2024.



Candidates will be asked to prepare a brief (10-minute) interactive teaching demonstration for the interview on one of the following topics: planning your first seminar, active learning strategies or developing confidence as a GTA.



Deadline: 13 June 2024



Qualifications

E = Essential; D = Desirable



Education / qualifications and training




  • A teaching qualification of any kind - D

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (e.g. AFHEA) or working towards - D



Experience




  • Experience of teaching in a university setting - E

  • Experience of using active learning methods in teaching - E

  • Experience of designing, developing and evaluating teaching - D

  • Experience of using virtual learning environments and other forms of technology to support teaching and learning - D

  • Experience recording and editing videos - D

  • Experience teaching in a health or science/STEM discipline - D



Knowledge / skills




  • Some theoretical knowledge of education - D

  • Excellent organisational skills - E

  • Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills - E

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with academic and professional services colleagues - E

  • IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook - E



Personal characteristics / other requirements




  • Ability to be punctual, reliable and professional at all times - E

  • A commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive teaching - E

  • A commitment to continued professional development to enhance teaching and broaden the range of teaching methods used, including the use of technology - E



Skills

Applicants must:




  • Have an understanding of the GTA role at King’s and completed some teaching on an academic programme (either undergraduate or postgraduate)

  • Be available to commit to a minimum of 0.5 days per week for 9 months (August 2024 to April 2025) and be present during peak periods (9 – 30 September 2024 & 13 – 24 January 2025)

  • Be flexible about working at more than one campus (primarily Strand and Waterloo).



Desirable criteria:




  • GTAs from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. However, we especially welcome applicants with teaching experience in a health or science/STEM discipline.

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