Student Support Worker for Lab Assistance

Job Description

This role is to provide Lab Assistance for a student with physical disability. To ensure widening participation and access, academic progress, and student retention in compliance with the Equality Act and the mission of Student Services. This role will pay £13.67 per hour plus holiday pay.



 



Main responsibilities:




  • To support a student in gaining access to the practical aspects of their course, e.g. in the laboratory or in a workshop/studio situation.

  • To assist students by providing typed transcription of audio or video recordings.

  • To provide social support to ensure students can access the wider aspects of student life.

  • To liaise directly with the student being supported to arrange locations/times etc. and to hold regular reviews with the student to assess how well the support is working.

  • To record the hours, you have worked and submit accurate timesheets.

  • To work in accordance with the Code of Practice for support workers.

  • To work in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation.

  • To be conversant with fire and emergency procedures.



 



 



Qualifications

To be educated to at least second year degree level in a relevant course.  (Student needing support is undertaking an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences).



Skills

Experience: To have experience of undergraduate study, to have experience of working with disabled people and experience working in a lab, either professionally or at a university level.



Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Clear and legible handwriting. Desirable to have a familiarity with the subject, specific vocabulary, and technical language (Student is undertaking an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences). Experience or an understanding of providing support for disabled adults. Good working knowledge of the laboratory. Thorough knowledge of the Queen Mary campus and awareness of disability issues.



Attitude and Disposition: Outgoing; good communication skills. Must be able to work calmly under pressure. Must be able to organise and manage fluctuating workloads. Must be willing to undertake training in relevant training sessions, as arranged by the Disability and Dyslexia Service.



Availability:



Wednesdays 9am – 12pm until 13th March.



20th March – 2pm – 5pm



3rd April – 2pm – 5pm



 



Other: Able to work after 5pm occasionally, to work across different sites, i.e., Queen Mary campuses.



 

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This role is to provide Workshop and Lab Assistance and Notetaking support for a student with a visual impairment. To ensure widening participation and access, academic progress, and student retention in compliance with the Equality Act and the mission of Student Services. This position will be 12 hours per week and paying £13.67 per hour plus holiday pay.



 



Main responsibilities:




  • To produce accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, and legible handwritten or typed records of the content of lectures, seminars, discussions, off-campus events and other taught sessions in the student’s preferred style and format.

  • To make notes that contain pertinent information from the session. This may include: any questions and discussions that take place, diagrams, and references to any hand-outs.

  • To provide these notes in the agreed format within a specified timeframe.

  • To help students search library catalogues, locate materials, collect materials, photocopying etc.

  • To read directly to the student and/or onto audio tape or other recording media for a student whose disability makes reading or other forms of accessing text impossible.

  • To support a student in gaining access to the practical aspects of their course, e.g. in the laboratory or in a workshop/studio situation.

  • To assist students by providing typed transcription of audio or video recordings.

  • To provide social support to ensure students can access the wider aspects of student life.

  • To liaise directly with the student being supported to arrange locations/times etc. and to hold regular reviews with the student to assess how well the support is working.

  • To record the hours, you have worked and submit accurate timesheets.

  • To work in accordance with the Code of Practice for support workers.

  • To work in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation.

  • To be conversant with fire and emergency procedures.



 



Qualifications

To be educated to at least second year degree level in a relevant course.



Skills

Experience: To have experience of undergraduate study, to have experience of working with disabled people and experience working in a lab, either professionally or at a university level.



Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Clear and legible handwriting. Ability to type quickly with accurate spelling and grammar skills. Experience or an understanding of providing support for disabled adults. Good working knowledge of the laboratory and workshops. Desirable to have a familiarity with the subject, specific vocabulary, and technical language (Student is undertaking a 2nd year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate course). Thorough knowledge of the Queen Mary campus and awareness of disability issues.



Attitude and Disposition: Outgoing; good communication skills. Must be able to work calmly under pressure. Must be able to organise and manage fluctuating workloads. Must be willing to undertake training in note-taking and other relevant training sessions, as arranged by the Disability and Dyslexia Service.



 



Availability:



Lectures and IT classes:



Mondays 9am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm



Thursday 11am – 1pm, 5pm – 6pm



Friday 9am – 10am, 2pm – 4pm, 5pm – 6pm



 



Labs:



Tuesdays 11am – 12pm commencing 27th Feb



Wednesdays 11am – 1pm commencing 27th March



Other: Able to work after 5pm occasionally, to work across different sites, i.e., Queen Mary campuses.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.



To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.



The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.



We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London.



 



Centre context



 



King’s 



Researchers at the UK DRI at King’s use innovative approaches to explore the biological mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Their goal is to defeat dementia by uncovering vital new knowledge that will lead to the design of smarter diagnostics and effective treatments. The team aim to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in dementia at a molecular level – and to use that knowledge to design new ways to diagnose and treat disease more precisely.



 



The group of Dr Marc-David Ruepp is seeking an organised and enthusiastic individual for a full-time research assistant position to support their research. This position will involve significant work in molecular cloning, analysis of changes in gene expression by RT-PCR and qPCR, mammalian cell culture, and splicing modulation and thus requires consistency and attention to detail, as well as a willingness for occasional weekend work in the context of cellular work. The post-holder will also provide support for general organisational and technical duties to allow the smooth and efficient running of the lab.



Dr Marc-David Ruepp’s group works on RNA metabolism in health and disease with a specific focus on the two neurodegenerative diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This position will provide valuable research support and contribute to the understanding of ALS/FTD in order to find effective therapeutic strategies.




  • Maintenance of cell cell cultures

  • Perform molecular biology, biochemistry, and imaging assays

  • Maintaining accurate laboratory records

  • Manage the ordering of laboratory supplies and equipment

  • Liaising with other technical staff to service and maintain stocks and equipment

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by Dr Marc-David Ruepp

  • Requires flexibility for occasional weekend work



Qualifications

Qualifications




  • BSc/MSci in Neuroscience or related discipline



Skills

Essential Skills




  • Experience in mammalian cell culture

  • Experience in molecular biology

  • Experience in preparing buffers and media

  • Experience in molecular biology: Nucleic acid isolation, RT, qPCR

  • Experience in splicing modulation using modified snRNAs

  • Experience in C++, Java, R and Graph Pad Prism

This role is full time and is suitable for GRADUATES only.



The Curriculum Operations Administrator is a member of the Curriculum Operations unit (COU), within the Institute of Health Sciences & Education (IHSE), part of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The main purpose of the role is to provide the administration for years 3 and 4 on the MBBS processes and support the MBBS Manager.



Main duties and responsibilities



•    Provision of the administrative processes for the Bachelor in Medicine/Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) programme which is delivered by IHSE, in particular years 3 and 4 of the programme

•    Act as a key contact for all enquiries relating to the relevant programmes.

•    Managing the flow of information between the Heads of Year, Module Leads, Lecturers and Students.

•    Ensuring the smooth running of the relevant programmes on a day to day basis, including updating all timetables, module documentation & handbooks.

•    Maintaining and update student lists as required throughout the academic year.

•    Coordinating the submission of student work and subsequent grading, ensuring timely grade entry on to SITS.

•    Maintaining accurate records of student progression, including EC submissions & any other relevant information which will be required for Subject Exam Boards.

•    Managing the relevant areas of QMPlus ensuring all lecture notes, handbooks and learning materials are available in a timely manner.

•    Booking accommodation for all teaching in line with Room Bookings policy, ensuring all necessary materials and audio-visual equipment are available for sessions.

•    Monitoring student attendance in line with the attendance policy, and providing data for Tier 4 reporting as and when required.

•    Acting as secretary to the Academic Leads Meetings, including sending out agenda & associated paperwork, minute taking, distribution of action points.

•    Ensuring grades and tutor feedback are communicated to students in a timely manner, as detailed in the relevant standard operating procedure. 

•    Facilitating evaluation and quality activities, providing support and information as required for the programmes

•    Providing support to the Academic Leads with regards to current and future programme developments.

•    Answering student enquiries (face to face and/or online) as dictated by the Hub Rota or the Online Student Enquiries rota

•    Providing support for education-related duties such as OSCEs and other exams as directed by the Curriculum Operations Managers

•    Supporting the work of the wider Curriculum Operation Unit, including contributing to the provision of cover.  The post-holder is expected to be co-operative and flexible in accordance with the requirements of the Curriculum Operation Unit.  Team members are expected to be mutually supportive and to cover duties as necessary during colleagues’ annual leave and other absences



The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the jobholder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of the role, as reasonably requested by their line manager.



 



Qualifications

GCSE/O Level (Grade C or above) or equivalent in English and Maths



Educated to A Level (Grade C or above) or equivalent



Degree or equivalent, or equivalent attainment through experience (Desirable)



Skills

Experience of working as an administrator in a Higher Education Office environment (preferably health care related)



A successful track record in working with colleagues at all levels, including senior staff and external contacts



A good understanding of the annual cycle of administration within a Higher Education environment



Experience of working with a variety of databases (ideally SITS) (Desirable)



Awareness and understanding of the current issues within Higher Education, particularly in health care disciplines (Desirable)



Skills



Excellent organisational skills



Excellent IT skills, including spreadsheets, email, word processing and database management (Microsoft Office)



Excellent written, verbal and numeracy skills



Accuracy and attention to detail



Ability to prioritise a varied workload and meet tight deadlines



Ability to deal with students in a supportive, friendly, and professional manner



A good understanding of student records and GDPR



Other



Able to work unsupervised and exercise initiative



Must demonstrate a positive disposition and a good team spirit and flexible attitude to work



*The ability to meet UK ‘right to work’ requirements.



 

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