Whether or not you want teaching experience, inspiring young people can be massively rewarding, allowing you to share the passion you have for education or your research – and you can get paid! Whilst some PGR students have the opportunity to teach fellow students at University, there are other options if this isn’t for you.
There are various schemes looking for PGR students to help inspire and guide young people, often from under represented backgrounds, through their education and hopefully into higher education. Some want tutors to specifically look at helping students with study skills and information about University, whilst others look to introduce seminar style teaching to high performing students or work in more traditional ways to raise educational standards by working alongside teachers. Why not take a look at see if there’s something that appeals to you:
Widening participation Fellows is a University-led initiative that is currently recruiting. Our Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events for young people, their parents, carers and teachers. These include sharing knowledge through subject taster workshops and lectures; academic study skills; student life activities, teaching and learning at university; and giving “Why Study” talks in Schools or Colleges. The closing date for applications is the 19th August.
Brilliant club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. It’s an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing performing pupils from underrepresented communities.
Tutors work with their groups to deliver a series of tutorials that stretch pupils beyond the curriculum, and help them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to secure places at top universities.
The Tutor Trust is local charity started in Manchester that works to boost the educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people. By working in schools and with teachers tutors give high quality education support to disadvantaged pupils, who often struggle at school, working in very small groups of up to three students at any one time.
The Tutor Trust is currently looking for inspirational, creative and enthusiastic students to join their team of paid tutors and get involved with the local community and change the lives of young people in Manchester.
All these types of schemes of different levels of commitment, all offer training and all are a great way to gain some skills and give something back. See what you could do!