Friday 29 June 2012

Opportunities to work at Gladstone's Library

Three Internships

1st September – 19th December 2012

Gladstone’s Library is looking for three interns who will live and work at the Library from 1st September to 19th December 2012 as part of its residential community. The successful applicants should be graduates, preferably with an Arts or Theology/Religious Studies degree.

The interns will work four weekdays plus 1 half day at the weekend. They will also participate in the Evening Duty rota: 5-10pm (2 x weekday evenings), the Lunchtime Reception rota (2x weekday lunch) and staff Reception from 9am – 2pm on either Saturday or Sunday.

The successful applicants will live at Gladstone’s Library free of charge. All meals will be provided. They will be given a small travel and general expenses allowance of £100 per month.

Each intern will be assigned to a specific department. One of the posts will work alongside the Development and Marketing Officers and the other two interns will work alongside the Librarian undertaking a variety of tasks in the care, management and development of the collection.

These internships provide a rare opportunity to live and work in Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library. The post will suit graduates thinking of a career in the charitable sector, marketing, or librarianship.

Please send CV and a letter of application indicating which of the posts you are interested in to Peter Francis ( by 8th July.

Friday 15 June 2012

The Ragged University

Manchester Ragged invites you to an evening of talks and music on 5th July, doors open 7pm, starting at 7.30pm at The Castle Hotel featuring:

‘The Western Capercaillie and Cornflower Ambassadors Speak Out’ - by Nick Dixon and Annie Harrison

We are two of the 100 selected ambassadors from the unique ExtInked partnership project. We’ll speak about our work, including our motivation for taking on the challenge, the experience of the tattooing and subsequent endeavours on behalf of the endangered species we represent: the capercaillie and the cornflower.

ExtInked is an art and ecology project in which one hundred original drawings of endangered British species were tattooed onto one hundred volunteers. The result of the unique three day performance was an army of ‘ambassadors’ for threatened and rare birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plants and fungi from around the UK. The project began in November 2009 and was a collaboration with tattooists Ink Vs Steel and photographers Anatomy Projects. It was supported by Arts Council England and MIRIAD. ExtInked was identified as one of the RSA’s arts and ecology project highlights of 2009

‘What are the Ragged Schools – where peer led learning came from’ - by Alex Dunedin
The Ragged Schools movement was a Victorian movement which saw people in all communities banding together to provide free education. From the Crippled Cobbler in Portsmouth to Angel Meadow in Manchester to the Reverend Thomas Guthrie in Edinburgh to Sheriff Watson in Aberdeen; across the land everyone got together to build each other’s knowledge. A major development in this was Andrew Bell’s Madras peer led teaching method, which was inspired by watching local children teaching each other by drawing in the sand. He took this inspiration and generated a system of education which has informed aspects of the university system today.
I am keen to tell people about this history which transformed our social landscape, also update it through the Ragged project today. By meeting in social spaces, peer led community education has more opportunity than ever to make a difference in people’s lives. Here I will be sharing some of the histories which provided such remarkable answers to obvious problems and asking the question – ‘Can we do this again ?’

Music by
Sukhdeep Krishan
Playing songs from his debut album ‘Kings’
Twitter: @sukhsmusic

Everyone is welcome to come along to this free, open, informal education project so bring along your friends. This is all about relaxing, putting your feet up and finding out about what people are investing their lives in.

Thursday 7 June 2012

Humanities Teaching and Learning Showcase

The next Showcase event will be held on Tuesday 3rd July from 1pm in the main foyer of the Roscoe Building.

Presentations will focus on the themes of employability, assessment and enhancing contact with students.  Details about each of the presentations are available at the Showcase website.
·         Max Jones (School of Arts, Histories and Cultures):  How Your Department Can Switch Entirely to Online Essay Submission via BB Turnitin/Grademark
·         Judy Zolkiewski (Manchester Business School): Using Turnitin as a teaching device
·         Emma Packham and Richard Screaton (Division of Development and Alumni Relations):  Alumni Engagement for Student Recruitment, Experience & Employability
·         Tim Jones (Manchester Enterprise Centre, Manchester Business School):  Enterprise essentials
·         Rosie Jones and Alyssa Phillips (University Library):  What to expect at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, opening this Autumn 2012
·         Jane Ratchford (Careers & Employability):  Improving Student Employabiity & Graduate Destination Data 
·         Nuno Ferreira (School of Law):  Designing and delivering a simulation exercise
·         Paul Middleditch (School of Social Sciences):  Interaction in Lectures with Mobile Devices - Some Evidence
·         Andrew Russell (School of Social Sciences):  Use of Video; Essay Advice Vidcasts
·         Andrew Gold (Faculty Office, eLearning team) :  Resources created by students for the wider world - a case study
Colleagues can register for the Showcase via the Showcase website
Throughout the afternoon, there will be a number of stalls providing information and demonstrations pertinent to teaching and learning in Humanities.
·         Library:  Talis Aspire, digitising texts and support for teaching and learning
·         Careers:  Information on the variety of tools and resources available to staff for use in supporting students such as the academic toolkit, academic FAQ sheets, and CMS support.
·         Humanities Sabbatical Interns:  Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Peer Mentoring
·         Humanities eLearning Team:  demonstrations of Blackboard 9, WIMBA Classroom, BoB and other online technologies
·         Student System (Campus Solutions): how Campus Solutions can be used to support the Academic Adviser role, information on reporting from Campus Solutions, latest functionality and the opportunity to raise queries.
·         Manchester Enterprise Centre

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Tuesday 5 June 2012

Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

28th and 29th September 2012
University of Salford

This postgraduate conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences.

In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups.

We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduate students that engage with any aspect of opposition. These could include, but are by no means limited to: the ‘culture industry’ and alternative youth cultures; opposition parties within parliamentary politics; grass-roots activism; the history and future of the labour movement; hegemony; Foucauldian ‘resistance’ and its limits; radical pedagogies and the role of the University; community and class; the aesthetic value of non-mainstream or outsider art; aesthetic oppositions such as contrapuntal music or bricolage; and the formation of creole or pidgin languages.

Papers are welcome from fields such as politics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, religions and theology, geography, sociology, history, classics, translation studies, linguistics and social linguistics, visual and screen studies, new media and communication studies, and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers are very welcome.

Keynote speakers TBC.

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes. Proposals for performances, screenings etc. are also accepted. The conference intends to publish an edited volume of the best papers presented.
Send abstracts to oppositionsconference[at] by 6 July 2012.