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Throughout the year a team of PhD students, known as Session Leaders, play a vital role in delivering academic sessions at outreach events. These are designed to inspire participants about subject areas and give them the chance to learn about new topics they may not have studied at school.

What do Session Leaders do?

Postgraduate Session Leaders deliver interactive academic sessions and create academic resources which are tailored to the age of the participants. These can be taster lectures, workshops or small group teaching in the style of supervisions.

Standard Sessions

All Session Leaders develop a standard session which is related to their specific area of study but which can be adapted for different age groups. These can last between 1-2 hours and are usually delivered during events that take place in Cambridge, although they can occasionally take place in schools around the country.

Bespoke Sessions

In some cases we may look for a Session Leader to develop a new session specifically tailored to an event. For example, it may be that a session on a particular topic or in a different format (e.g. supervision style) is required. On some occasions, Event Coordinators look for Session Leaders who can also create resources to sit alongside their session.

Who are the sessions for? 

We run sessions for students aged 11-18 who take part in a range of widening participation projects, so there is a lot of opportunity to gain experience of working with different age groups.  In addition to delivering sessions for CAO, Session Leaders frequently support outreach events in the Cambridge Colleges.

What will I get out of it?

  • An enjoyable and rewarding experience, working directly with young people
  • A chance to engage with and inspire young people about your area of research
  • Training sessions designed to equip you with the skills to deliver high quality sessions to young people
  • Feedback to enable you to improve your sessions and for use on job applications!

Payment rates

Rates of pay vary between £40 and £55 per hour.

Session Leaders will paid £35 per hour for the delivery of each session.

In addition to this there will be payment for the planning and evaluation of each session. If the Session Leader is delivering a pre-existing session, they will receive an additional £5 payment. However, if the Session Leader is asked to plan a new session they will receive an additional £20 payment.

How to Apply

Apply for the Session Leader role through our Moodle page (Raven login required). There are no deadlines as we recruit on a rolling basis, but in general, we will look to recruit once a term with successful Session Leaders being able to work from the following term onwards.

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