We've got so many experts and so much expertise at Imperial that we're always interested in harnessing this in ways that can inspire the next generation of scientists.

The Wohl Reach Out Lab on campus is a fantastic space where we can work with school children; we also encourage our staff and students to get out into schools to help bring science to life in fun and inspiring ways.

If you're interested in working with school children to share your passion about your subject here are some ways we can support you to do this.

Work with us opportunities

STEM activity leader (staff and PhD students)

What does it involve?

STEM activity leaders are called on to take part in a wide range of activities, which can be anything from an hour's lecture to a hands-on activity day. The sessions are pitched at students from all backgrounds and ages, ranging from primary aged pupils to secondary and post-16 students.

Some events use standard activities and simply need a leader whereas others may require you to prepare an activity yourself. This could be based around your area of research or designed to a set brief to tie in with the curriculum.

Regardless of the format, most activities are aimed at showing students something new and exciting that wouldn’t be possible in school. 

How much time will it involve?

We understand that our volunteers have many other pressures of their time so we set no minimum time commitment for our volunteers. 

The scheme operates on a voluntary basis so you can put yourself forward for projects of interest, giving you the flexibility to fit the work around your availability, whether this is just a couple of hours or a week-long summer school.

Is the work paid?

Yes.

Where will I be based?

Most events take place in the Wohl Reach Out Lab on our South Kensington Campus.

Will I receive training?

Yes, all volunteers are required to take part in a 3-hour training session before starting their role.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a STEM activity leader, please email the Outreach STEM Activities team at outreach.scienceactivities@imperial.ac.uk.

STEM activity mentor (undergraduates and postgraduates)

What does it involve?

The STEM activity mentor scheme is for current undergraduate and postgraduate students. It gives you the chance to work with young people and to inspire them to take science and maths based subjects at A-level and beyond.

It's a great way to interact with children of various ages and to have a positive influence on them while developing your own skills.

How much time will it involve?

Our events include one-day activities as well as week-long residential and non-residential summer courses.

A typical day will start at about 8.30am and will generally finish by 4.30pm. Most of the events will be held during the week but there will be occasional work on Saturdays.

During our Summer Schools there will be an opportunity to be either an academic or a pastoral mentor as most of the programmes are 4–5 day residential courses.

There is no obligation to work at a particular event and you can choose those which best fit around your studies.

Who are WE looking for?

We're looking for students who can take the initiative and who are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for their subject with others.

To make the scheme work successfully we need students who we can rely on to turn up for events they have signe up for – and on time.

Is the work paid?

Yes. The standard rate of pay is £10.34 per hour inclusive of holiday pay. You will be paid via Imperial's payroll and this usually takes around a month to process.

Where will I be based?

Most events take place in the Wohl Reach Out Lab on our South Kensington Campus.

Will I receive training?

Yes, all new mentors are required to take part in a training session before starting their role.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016–2017 academic year are now closed.

The next round of applications will open in October 2017. Please note, we do not accept applications from students in their final year of study.

All applicants will be invited for an interview. The next round will be held in October 2017.

If you have any questions about becoming a STEM activity mentor, please email the Outreach STEM Activities team at outreach.scienceactivities@imperial.ac.uk.

Planetarium Ambassador (undergraduates and postgraduates)

What does it involve?

The Planetarium Ambassadors is a new scheme for current undergraduate and postgraduate students. It will give you the chance to engage with young people and inspire them through the wonder of exploring the universe with planetarium shows.

It's a great way to interact with children of various ages and to have a positive influence on them while developing your own skills.

How much time will it involve?

Planetarium visits will vary in length and the number of shows being delivered.  A typical school day runs from about 8.30am to 3.30pm. Most of the events will be held within these hours on weekdays but there will be occasional events outside these times.

There is no obligation to work at a particular event and you can choose those which best fit around your studies.

Who are WE looking for?

We're looking for students who are keen on learning about astronomy and space and would be enthusiastic about sharing their interest with young people.

To make the scheme work successfully we need students who we can rely on to turn up for events they have signed up for – and on time. 

Is the work paid?

There will be a mixture of paid and voluntary work available. 

Where will I be based?

Events will take place at schools and venues around the greater London area.

Will I receive training?

Yes, all new Ambassadors are required to take part in a training session before starting their role.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016–2017 academic year are now open.

To apply please complete our online application form

Applicants will be invited for a training session in late January or early February 2017.

If you have any questions about becoming a Planetarium Ambassador, please email the Outreach team at outreach.scienceactivities@imperial.ac.uk.

Reaching Further programme for Early Career Researchers

What does it involve?

Reaching Further has been developed to enable Early Career Researchers (ECRs) at Imperial to create hands-on science practicals for schools, based around their own research themes and expertise. The aim of this collaboration is to provide teachers with new ways of teaching science by building their knowledge and understanding of contemporary research issues.

This will have the knock-on effect of increasing the motivation of pupils who take part in the activities, encouraging them to aim higher in STEM subjects.

At the same time, it provides our ECRs with the chance to develop their transferable skills.

How much time will it involve?

Every year there will be two cycles of recruitment, training, testing and delivery starting in February and October.

Before starting the programme fully, Early Career Researchers willing to get on board must be able to commit to:

  • a 2–3 hour induction including an introduction to the programme and different teaching and learning styles
  • an ideas sharing session lasting two hours
  • two peer review workshops lasting two hours each
  • three half-day trials of their activities

We understand this might be challenging so we will ensure the commitment will be compatible with your work.

Is the work paid?

Initially the work is unpaid and will count towards the public engagement requirement of your funding. After three half-day trials, payment for additional sessions will be offered.

Where will I be based?

For the majority of the time you will be based in schools. However, there are opportunities for you to run your activities on campus in the Wohl Reach Out Lab, for example during our STEM residential summer schools.

How to apply

To register your interest in taking part in Reaching Further please email Imperial's Scientific Programmes Manager Melanie Bottrill at rol@imperial.ac.uk.

Run your own outreach event

If you are interested in running your own outreach event for school children and would like some pointers on how to get started then please don't hesitate to contact the Outreach team for advice at outreach@imperial.ac.uk.