Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging – Public Engagement Assistant – deadline: 15 June 2022

Name Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
Placement base location Remote
Website https://engagement.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/
Contact for enquiries Cassandra Hugill – Public Engagement Manager I Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Contact details

Email: c.hugill@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: 07771452296

Placement job title Public Engagement Assistant
Potential start date Mid-August (some flexibility)
Potential working pattern 8 hours per day, 35 hours per week; Full-Time
Details of application method E-mail CV and A4 cover letter to ion.fil.publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk.  Short Zoom interview if successful
Application closing date 15th June 2022
Overview of PIPS organisation

About the Institute of Neurology, UCL

The UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (ION) in Queen Square was established in 1950, merged with UCL in 1997, and is a key component of the Faculty of Brain Sciences (FBS), School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS), at UCL. The Institute has eight academic research Departments (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/research/research-departments), which encompass clinical and basic research within each theme. In parallel, there are currently six Divisions representing clinical professional affiliations. The mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases. In addition, a number of important research centres are based at the ION, affiliated with one of our academic research departments: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/research/research-centres

The Institute is closely associated in its work with the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (NHNN), University College London Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust, and in combination they form a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences. The Institute also has active collaborative research programmes with other centres of excellence and works in close partnership with them: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/about/related

About the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) at the UCL Institute of Neurology is an interdisciplinary Centre for neuroimaging excellence. It hosts and trains over 100 clinicians, scientists and support staff, and interacts with over 200 collaborators both at UCL and throughout the world.

Our vision is to deliver clinically-transformative applications of neuroimaging that provide computationally-derived biomarkers for personalized prognosis and treatment planning. We investigate how the human brain functions in health and disease and how this knowledge can inform neuroimaging technologies with neuronal and behavioural modelling, we seek to establish non-invasive measures of brain function that can be used to identify the physiological processes associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders, deliver personalized prognoses, and develop or assess potential treatments. As well as conducting scientific research, the Centre offers a wide range of educational and training opportunities to support the development of imaging neuroscience both nationally and internationally.

Within public engagement, the Centre’s vision is to create a substantial network of empowered people with neurological and psychiatric conditions to contribute to and influence our research and that of other neuroscientists across the UK. Our aim is to embed public engagement into the research process, equipping our researchers with the skills and experience to readily engage a wide community in their research

Placement offered

We are currently seeking a Public Engagement Assistant to assist with our annual event the UCL World Stroke Day Forum.

The UCL World Stroke Day Forum is an annual event that takes place around World Stroke Day in October each year. Launched in 2018, the forum brings together stroke survivors, carers, researchers, clinicians and charities all focused on improving research and rehabilitation for stroke.

The forum was originally designed as a one-day event in central London, however since 2020 the forum has been a week long digital event with participants signing in from all over the UK and abroad. This year we will be running a hybrid event. The forum offers a range of talks, documentaries and workshops that engage and promote conversation between all of our contributors. It values the expert knowledge that those with lived experience, as either a stroke survivor or a carer, can offer the research and rehabilitation conducted both at UCL and the support offered by charities.

The aims of the forum are to:

· Empower Stroke Survivors to contribute to and influence the future of stroke research and rehabilitation at UCL.

· Provide researchers and clinicians with an opportunity to engage openly with stroke survivors and carers about their research and the current rehabilitation landscape within the NHS.

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging has a strong culture of public engagement and the post holder would aid in building this culture further. The post holder would be assisting the Public Engagement team to help deliver the event which will be a hybrid of both in person and online. They would be supported by a team of engagement specialists to help develop their skills in communications and engagement.

Duties would include:

1. Developing promotional material for the event

2. Working with researchers and charity partners to curate workshops

3. Event management

4. Evaluation of the event

5. Any other duties associated with the event delivery

We are seeking someone with strong communications and organisational skills, experience of working with a diversity of people and lots of creativity! Prior experience in Public Engagement is not required, however experience of working with patients would be an advantage. The post holder will have the opportunity to suggest and embark on projects of their own dependent on time availability and are encouraged to discuss these with the team.

As part of this internship, you will be able to attend training to explore all the opportunities available to someone embarking on a public engagement career.

Financial contribution/benefit(s)
Bespoke training to meet the needs of the projects including evaluation, project management etc. Interns may also attend research talks if they have an interest.