Just a quick post to give you advance notice that we’ve now had approval to develop a pilot for a Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) aimed at postgraduate researchers and research staff. We’re really excited at this development, as we know what a difference the MLP makes to our undergraduates, and to those employed as postgraduate tutors on the undergraduate programmes.
It’s likely to run from around the beginning of March next year to the end of June, and will be a version of the on-line programme with additional material, group activities and assessment developed specifically for our researchers.
It will still include a commitment to 60 hours volunteering as an integral part of the programme, and will therefore be a great opportunity to add both the Manchester Leadership Award to your CV and evidence of non-academic work experience and skills. We’re also exploring the possibility of arranging volunteer work with NGOs which uses your research skills, as some key charities have indicated that they have issues which would benefit from small scale research projects.
It will be a fairly small pilot (around 35 participants) and those interested will need to go through an application process, but we’ll have more information available by October, when we’re likely to start inviting applications.
In the meantime, we’ll be advertising tutor vacancies for our ever expanding suite of undergraduate MLP programmes in the near future, so look out for those here.
If you haven’t come across the MLP before, have a look at my previous post on the programme, read about the undergraduate MLP programmes (yours will be slightly different, of course) and hear what our undergraduates think of the experience :