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Recruitment: Public Engagement Coordinator (Temporary)
17th Sep 2021
The Engagement team is looking to increase capacity in the short term to help deliver some of its core public engagement activity including our funding programmes Beacon Bursary, Train & Engage and deliver informal networking opportunities for the UCL Public Engagement Network. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to get some initial experience in a busy & varied university Public Engagement team. Previous experience of working with UCL structures is desirable but not essential. The role holder will be closely supported by the Public Engagement team and encouraged to attend online fortnightly Public Engagement team meetings, monthly Engagement team meetings, Keep Learning sessions and additional informal team catch-ups. The role can be work from home, in office at Bidborough House or a blend of the two.Full details can be found in the Job Description.Main purpose of the roleSupport the delivery of our core Public Engagement programme alongside the Public Engagement team and wider Engagement and UCL Culture colleagues.Diversity statementWe encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive, to non-graduates, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, especially women. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for this role.Length of timeThe role is for 28 days between Monday 25th October and Friday 10th December. Deadline for submission is 09:00 on Tuesday 5th October – submissions after this time cannot be accepted.Please upload your CV to our Recruitment and Sourcing Centre Team at Advantage xPO who are our partners and running this recruitment round. Please do state at the top of the CV that you are interested in this role. Interviews will take place online between Mon 11th to Thurs 14th October. This role is being paid at a Grade 6 equivalent. 
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Virtual Reality in museums
20th Jul 2021
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Our museums are open!
12th May 2021
UCL Culture is home to many incredible museums, including the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and UCL Art Museum.  See everything from dodo bones and the world’s rarest skeleton, the quagga, to Hawara Mummy portraits and the Tarkhan dress from ancient Egypt.  Opening timesWe are happy to announce that the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology are open to the public every Tuesday - Friday from 1pm-5pm and every Saturday from 11am-5pm.Tickets go online 2 weeks in advance with a few more released on the day. The Petrie Museum will be temporarily closed from 26 July - 24 September 2021 while we improve our collections storage and working space.The UCL Art Museum will reopen on 29 September 2021. Book tickets for the Grant MuseumBook tickets for the Petrie MuseumHow we’re keeping you safeCOVID-19 guidanceThe safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount and so we have decided to keep in place a number of our Covid-19 safety measures beyond 19 July.In each of our museums we’ve installed sanitising stations, and our staff and volunteers will continue to wear face coverings. We’re keeping visitor numbers low and we’ve set-up one-way routes for you to follow.In return, we expect you to wear a face covering inside our museums and when moving around the UCL campus (unless you are not able to for personal reasons).  We expect our visitors to show common courtesy and respect to each other around distancing and if you develop any symptoms of Covid-19 after your visit, please contact NHS Test & Trace. All visitors over the age of 16 are encouraged to provide contact details on arrival, or check-in using the NHS Test & Trace app.Check before you visitBeing able to safely open is reliant on the health of our staff and volunteers. If members of our team become unwell or are asked to self-isolate, we may have to close the museums. If you have prebooked your ticket, we will inform you as soon as we know. We will try and give as much notice as possible, but please check our website and social media in advance of your visit.These measures have been drawn up in accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.These measures will stay in place until 31 August at the earliest.Keep in touchSign-up to our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [[{"fid":"14303","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Good to go icon ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Good to go icon ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"250","width":"250","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]
Introducing #TopTenThursdays
4th Mar 2021
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