Placement Opportunities with March deadlines: in secondary schools and through the LDC placement scheme

Are you looking for a short placement to gain further experience outside the academic environment?

Here we provide details of two type of placement, both of which have March deadlines for application:

  1. To develop your teach skills and deliver your own sessions in secondary schools through the Brilliant club.
  2. To take a placement outside academia in commerce, local government or a charitable organisation, through the LDC placement scheme.

1.      The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD  researchers to teach their own research!

This summer PGR Development and Widening Participation are engaging in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are offering 5-10 places *.

Once accepted, engagement with this programme offers:

  • An opportunity to deliver a series of tutorials to groups or 4 -6 high performing school pupils to communicate elements of your own research
  • Attend a 2 day tutor  training programme to enhance your teaching skills
  • A payment of  £450 per placement
  • Give help to high-performing pupils from communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

*You will need to apply direct to the Brilliant Club before the assessment centre visit to Liverpool on the 22nd March.

>> further details .

2.      LDC Pilot Placement Scheme – Phase Two

The second phase of the LDC Pilot Placement scheme is now underway, enabling students to apply for a £500 bursary to undertake a placement outside of academia. There are many benefits of this including increased employability, networking opportunities and new insights that you may apply to your current or future research.

Students may apply to do a 15 day placement through the LDC Pilot scheme, in one of two ways:

  1. Apply for one of the many placement opportunities that are listed on LDC Placements intranet. New opportunities are being rolled out throughout so do visit regularly to avoid missing out.
  1. Those who want to put forward their own ideas for a placement, may make a collaborative application with a partner organisation. The £500 bursary is awarded to the postgraduate research student if the application is successful.

Details of how to apply for any of the below opportunities and a £500 bursary, before the 28th March deadline may be found here.

**Important Information for Academic Presentations workshop for HSS and Presenting for Public Engagement Workshop

As you may be aware, we are experiencing technical issues with the booking system and are unable to access the class lists for the following workshops:

  • 8th March, 9:00-4:30, Presenting for Public Engagement
  • 9th March, 9-12, Academic Presentations for School of Law & Social Justice
  • 9th March, 13:00-16:00, Academic Presentations for Management School
  • 10th March, 09:00-12:00, Academic Presentations for the School of Arts
  • 10th March,13:00-16:00, Academic Presentations for the School of Arts

If you are booked onto one of these workshops, please consult the pre-workshop information outlined below and contact for information regarding venue.  If you have questions regarding how to prepare for the workshops, please contact:

Dr Aimee Blackledge:

Workshop preparation for the Presenting for Public Engagement

Please prepare a three-minute talk about your research using the following structure:

1. Interest– Start off with an interesting fact, statistic, quote, topical news item, historical or personal narrative about your research area.

2. Need– Inform your audience why is your research needed and why they need to know more about it

3. Title- what is the title of your thesis and why have you chosen this title?  What is your research question?

4. Range– what is the range of your research? What will you investigate and what will you not be exploring?  Why have you made those decisions?

5. Objective– what is your objective with your research and what would you like your audience to do with the information you have given them?

You may also wish to consult Chris Anderson’s article on ‘How to Give a Killer Presentation’, Harvard Business Review:

Workshop preparation for Academic Presentations for HSS Schools


This workshop aims to provide a friendly learning environment. To make the session work effectively please can you prepare the following before the workshop:

1)      A five-minute presentation of on your research, which may be based on the introduction to a previous research presentation.  You may use PowerPoint to accompany your talk if you feel it is appropriate.  Please remember that the workshop has a mixed audience, and five minutes is a very short time. You will not be able to present all components of a normal presentation and we suggest you focus on the introduction, possibly supplemented with one or two prominent aims of completed this research.

2)      Consider the feedback that will be most helpful to you in order to improve your presentation skills. (You may want to refer to the notes below)

Guidance notes: to help those who want to prepare for this session:

This session focuses on your presentation style, with an aim to give you direct and relevant feedback and ideas to take away to help present with more confidence in the situations that matter.

However many participants request advice to help them assess their own style. We have an online resource to offer ideas to improve your presentation style, which is found at:

This resource includes The Good Presentation Video (personally I find this at quite a basic level). , but you may also like the short article,  How to Give an Academic Talk .

Ultimately you will need to decide for yourself the key attributes of a good presenter, particularly in the context of your own subject area, and we hope the session will help form your ideas in this respect. According to the article ‘How to Give an Academic Talk’ the key features in giving a good talk are:

  1. communicate your arguments and evidence
  2. persuade your audience that they are true
  3.  be interesting and entertaining

For our session, we will ask you to focus on the specific attributes:

  • Aims of the talk – want do you want to gain from the presentation and what should the audience gain?

Can you summarise your talk in a sentence of two?

Can you define three or four ideas that you want audience to take away? How are these points emphasised in any visuals?

  • Content – Does the content help support your main argument (without too many distractions) and help maintain interest?
  • Structure –       How persuasive is your structure? – Does it help present a clear argument?   (i.e. one that the audience will recall afterwards)
  • Visuals – how do these add to the communication and not distract your audience?
  • Voice – how does your speech help communicate your message and maintain interest?
    Consider rate of speech, variation of pitch and use of pauses.
  • Body language – do you give a confident impression?
    – do your gestures help your expression?
  • Audience – do you maintain eye contact?  Are you aware if the audience is still interested in your talk?

And not forgetting:

  • Try to keep calm (there are techniques we will discuss at the workshop)
  • Keep to time!

PGR Development Webinars – Important information regarding access to meeting rooms

Are you booked on any of the following workshops?

2nd March  – Introduction to the three minute thesis competition  12:30pm

3rd March  – Enhancing your Research Presentations  12:30pm

16th March  – Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox Webinar  12:00pm

Due to technical problems with the CLL booking system, we no longer have access to the lists of those booked on these workshops and may not be able to send out further information in regard to access to the software for each session..

We are keen that the workshops can still go ahead, and request that anyone still interested in attending should email us at

We will also advertise the meeting room address on the day of the webinar at:

We hope to repeat all webinars in April/May and will advertise the dates when confirmed.

If you have enquiries in regard to any other events in March, please contact us at directly.

PGR Development.


Awareness Event for a new PGR School Outreach Programme – 2nd March

Post Graduate Researchers School Outreach Programme: A new Pilot programme in association with the Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club Pilot programme – further details for those unable to attend the event below.

This event is now open for recruitment – please apply before the 20th March

PGR Awareness Event: 2nd March at 10.30am,

During the Awareness Event a representative from the Brilliant Club will provide a short presentation about the programme. This will also offer an opportunity to ask questions about the new Pilot programme.

—   All interested are invited to attend.   —

The Widening Participation & Outreach Team are recruiting PhD students from rhe University of Liverpool to support a new school based Outreach programme, which is part of a pilot project with the Brilliant Club. The programme will involve current PhD students delivering subject specific academic workshops in schools across Merseyside. The objective of the programme is to raise awareness of subjects amongst school pupils whilst increasing academic skills and attainment.  We are hoping to recruit PhD Students from all three faculties of the University who will then go into schools within Merseyside and deliver subject based workshops that will excite young people and encourage them to consider continuing their studies into Higher Education.

Brilliant Club:

If there is interest, a training event will be arrange towards the end of March

Organised by the Widening Participation and Outreach Team and PGR Development.