Student Assistant

£21,255 - £21,255

Job Description

The Queen’s University Widening Participation Unit (WPU) require Student Assistants to provide support for a range of events and activities across our key programmes. These programmes are delivered with WPU key stakeholders, including but not limited to, primary and, secondary school pupils and current Queen’s University students and cover a range of activities including; campus visits, summer residentials, and university “Taster” days. The majority of events run throughout the academic year between the hours of 9.00 am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. WPU also deliver Summer Residential activities outside Term Time. Full training for the role will be provided. Please note that the hours of the role will be dependent on scheduled events. 



Posts are available from 8th April 2024 to the 15 September 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 variable hours, as and when required, up to a maximum of fifteen hours per week during term-time with the potential for additional hours outside of term-time based on the study level (UG/PGT/PGR) of the candidate appointed.   



Student Assistants act as a ‘role model and ambassador’ for Higher Education and support the work of the Widening Participation Unit in the delivery of aspiration and attainment raising programmes. This includes:   





  • Engaging with pre-entry students, ranging from P7 to Year 13 – 14 pupils (referred to hereafter as programme participants) involved in Queen’s Academy and/or other post-primary schools in addition to students from colleges and Community Education Centre’s participating in the various WPU programmes;   




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




  • To provide assistance to Widening Participation Outreach Officers through facilitating small group discussions and activities on subjects relevant to programme participants;   







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




  • Dealing with queries to include signposting programme participants to suitable sources of help, support and guidance (training will be provided for the purposes of this duty);    




  • To have 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);  




  • Carry 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

Currently registered Queen’s student. 



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;   




  • Applicants should have knowledge and an awareness of a range of Queen’s University Schools/ Departments and Services    




  • Interested in assisting and motivating young people from disadvantaged backgrounds progress to higher education;   





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;    




  • Knowledge and/or experience of the Widening Participation Programmes currently offered by Queen’s University;   




  • Experience in leading and managing groups of young people;   




  • 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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This role will involve co-ordination of the initial stages of a Languages mentoring programme, between May and July/August 2024 (12 weeks). The programme will be rolled out in 2024-2025 and will be led by Languages at Queen’s, in collaboration with NICILT. This is a research impact programme, aimed at supporting year 12 students of Languages in schools in NI, primarily through mentoring but also through talks and a taster event at Queen’s, such that those with an interest in taking a language at A level feel confident and empowered to take a positive decision. The mentors will be final-year languages students at Queen’s.



The 12-week internship will involve 140 hours of work, working with staff and students in Languages, and with NICILT, to undertake the following:




  • Coordination of the recruitment of mentors

  • Working with Queen’s to organise Access NI checks

  • Coordination of the recruitment of participating schools

  • Liaising with the selected schools to ensure all paperwork is completed by late June

  • Completing a first draft of the baseline questionnaires for pupils and for teachers

  • Planning the training session for mentors




Qualifications

Criteria



Essential



A completed degree including French, Irish or Spanish.



Ability to use Microsoft programmes such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.



Experience in questionnaire design and basic quantitative analysis.



Experience of working as part of a team (in any field).



Demonstrable organisational skills (in any field).



 



Desirable



An understanding of the CCEA GCSE curriculum in French, Irish or Spanish.



Experience in teaching or tutoring at GCSE or A level.



A period of residence working or studying abroad or in the Gaeltacht.



Experience of working with young people under 18.



Skills

Criteria



Essential



A completed degree including French, Irish or Spanish.



Ability to use Microsoft programmes such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.



Experience in questionnaire design and basic quantitative analysis.



Experience of working as part of a team (in any field).



Demonstrable organisational skills (in any field).



 



Desirable



An understanding of the CCEA GCSE curriculum in French, Irish or Spanish.



Experience in teaching or tutoring at GCSE or A level.



A period of residence working or studying abroad or in the Gaeltacht.



Experience of working with young people under 18.

Research Assistant (8 hours per week for a maximum of 8 weeks)



This part-time role will support an academic literature review project on the impact of digitalization and the use of information technology in the workplace.



Please apply through QWORK.



If you are not already registered, please do so here www.q-work.co.uk/



The closing date for applications is Sunday 14 April 2024 at 5pm




Qualifications

Enrollment in a PhD program at Queen’s Business School.



Skills

We seek applicants who wish to gain first-hand experience conducting a systematic literature review research project.



This part-time role is intended for an individual who is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Queen’s Business School.



Excellent written communication skills and knowledge of systematic literature review are essential. Previous experience in a systematic literature review project is desirable. Please list all your research projects (published or unpublished) on your CV.

Are you intrigued by global perspectives? Do you thrive in collaborative environments? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!



We are currently seeking a group of enthusiastic students for a short-term contract to participate in testing and supporting the development of resources and activities for a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Resource Hub.



COIL offers students the chance to collaborate with peers from diverse geographical locations on course-related projects, utilising digital tools to engage in virtual experiences that enrich their learning journey.



Working in collaboration with members of the Education Project Development Team for Strategy 2030, you will be at the forefront of shaping the future of online learning and the internationalisation of education. This position presents a unique chance to work closely with our team, contributing to the creation of innovative educational materials that will enhance the learning experiences of students not only at Queen's University but also across the globe.



Key Responsibilities:




  • Participate in testing and providing feedback on course materials and activities for the COIL Resource Hub.

  • Collaborate with staff members to explore and develop online activities aimed at building connections among students from different locations.

  • Contribute ideas and insights to enhance the effectiveness and relevance of COIL resources.



Benefits:




  • Gain valuable experience in educational project development and online learning initiatives.

  • Collaborate with a diverse team of professionals and students.

  • Make a meaningful impact on the internationalisation of education.

  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate student commitments.



If you are excited about the prospect of creating connections across the world through online learning and are eager to contribute to this dynamic project, we want to hear from you!



Time commitment: up to 8 hours per week for approximately 4 weeks. An extension may be possible, depending on project needs.   



To apply, please submit your CV along with a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience.  



Qualifications

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.



Skills

Essential Criteria:




  • Enrolled as a student at Queen's University.

  • Passionate about online learning and global collaboration.

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of using digital tools in education.

  • Interest in shaping the future of education.



Desirable Criteria:




  • Candidates from Education and/or International Studies disciplines

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