About the British Science Festival

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. We bring an inspiring programme of free events to the public over five days, bursting with exciting opportunities to get involved in. Our talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone.

The British Science Festival 2022 is to take place in Leicester from 13 – 17 September 2022, hosted by De Montfort University. Working in partnership with the University and other organisations in the region, the Festival will celebrate the world-leading research taking place at De Montfort University and more broadly across Leicester. It will shine a spotlight on areas such as energy, transport, healthcare and digital innovation, by celebrating the people, stories and ideas behind the science. Will you be a part of it?

About the role

Job Title:    Event Assistant (British Science Festival) 

Duration:    13-17 September 2022, plus one Training Day on   Friday 9 September. 

Core Hours:    Hours will be assigned between the core hours of   09:00-22:00 and will be confirmed on appointment. 

Location:    Leicester 

Rate:    £9.90 per hour 

The British Science Association is recruiting Event Assistants to work during the British Science Festival 2022. The Festival will be held in Leicester city centre and at Leicester De Montfort University campus from 13-17 September 2022, hosted by De Montfort  University. This role is based in Leicester.

Event Assistants will work as part of a team of two, along with an AV/IT Assistant providing customer service for Festival attendees and the speakers/organisers of Festival events. Event Assistants will work at several different events throughout the day.

Job Description

  • Check tickets and record event attendees, and deal with queries from members of the public/ attendees
  • Control public access and exit to and from events
  • Assist with any audience participation activities
  • Provide support to guest speakers along with an AV/IT Assistant to ensure the smooth running of events
  • Report to Building Managers and assist with other duties as required
  • Be responsible for the distribution and collection of event evaluation forms
  • Assist with the setup and pack down of your allocated venue
  • Ensure people adhere to COVID-19 regulations set by the British Science Festival

About You

Person Specification 

Essential

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience, tact and skill in dealing with the public
  • Strong customer service skills
  • An ability to stay calm under pressure and show initiative to solve problems
  • An ability to work flexibly
  • Good level of spoken English

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Leicester
  • Previous experience working and/or volunteering at events
  • Student at De Montfort University
  • Based in Leicester

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, please download and fill in our short application form. Once completed upload it onto the BSA recruitment portal via the following link:

https://recruit.smb.co.uk/vacancy.aspx?id=rDKMzEELwkY6PBL4


The closing date for applications
23:59 on Monday 30 May 2022.

You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been successful.

We may contact shortlisted candidates after this date to arrange a time for a short introduction chat with you.

As part of the British Science Association’s commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, all disabled* applicants who meet the ‘essential criteria’ for this vacancy will be offered an interview under our guaranteed interview scheme. 

If you wish to apply under the guaranteed interview scheme, you will be asked to indicate this when you submit your application by selecting ‘yes’ in the relevant box when asked during the application process. Applicants do not need to state any further information or declare their disability at the application stage.

Whether you are applying under the scheme or not, if you are successful in being shortlisted, we will ask candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions to let us know if they need any adjustments during the recruitment process. If you have further questions or would like this information in a different format, please contact: [email protected]  

Our vision and mission

Let’s break down barriers… 

The science sector has many structural and system-wide barriers that it’s time to remove. In particular, we’re working with business leaders, policy makers, scientists, community leaders, teachers, and many others to say goodbye to the old stereotypes of who a scientist ‘should be’. With their help, we’re bringing more voices into the conversation, to help more people see science (in all its forms) as a relevant part of their lives.

…So good ideas can thrive 

The UK is bursting with potential. We’re unlocking it. And we won’t stop until people and communities who’ve typically been overlooked by science can confidently play their part.  

We’re striving for a future where everyone is represented and has their voice heard on the issues that matter to them. So, science goes beyond being a lesson at school and becomes a way of thinking and making decisions – about looking after your health, protecting the planet and choosing and using new technology.  

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

For the BSA’s vision to come to fruition, we need to make science part of everyone's culture, including those who are currently least engaged.  We need to be able to engage with people in groups that are poorly represented in science, and that’s why equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) needs to be central to our activities.  

The BSA has established three objectives for our work with EDI:

  • Develop our staff and internal systems to ensure the BSA reflects the society we want to see, and develops inclusive culture and policies;
  • Change our programmes to increase their relevance to audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science engagement activities, and empower people to run science engagement activities for their networks and communities;
  • Influence other organisations and individuals in the science engagement to sector to develop and improve their EDI practices in capability and audience development to reach new audiences.

We recognise that in many settings, at the BSA and beyond, EDI can be seen as an add-on or ‘fix’ to the regular work. Our aim is for EDI to be the heart of everything we do. 

Vacancies at the BSA

Here are the current vacancies at the BSA:

Terms & conditions 

The Event Assistant will be working at the British Science Festival in Leicester between 13-17 September 2022.

Please note that the responsibilities of this role are provisional and are subject to change in alignment with Covid-19 regulations.

The assignment is offered at a salary of £9.90 per hour. You will be allocated no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 09:00-22:00 on the De Montfort  University Campus, for four or five days (including up to a one-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break per day, depending on hours worked). If successful, your hours will be fully outlined in your offer letter. 

The training day on Friday 9 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day. The BSA will not be covering travel, accommodation, or subsistence costs for the duration of the Festival, but can provide information about accommodation, if required.

A copy of our Privacy Notice is available on the vacancies page of our website. 
*The Disability Confident scheme’s definition of disability is in line with the Equalities Act 2010: “a physical or mental condition which has a long-term and substantial effect on your daily life”.  Further information about our Disability Confident commitments can be found on the Disability Confident page of our website.