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Job opportunity: Student Partner for Hackathon Challenge

Are you interested in improving the experience of students at the University? Would you like to join likeminded students and staff, in fun and creative workshops focusing on how the university can enhance the student experience?

We are looking for up to nine students (any level) to join student engagement specialists based at the University of Brighton in a small series of ‘hackathon’ challenge events. In retrun, for a total of 20 hours, you could earn £11.73 per hour plus gain skills and endorsement aligned to the University of Brighton Graduate Attributes framework.

What’s involved with the role and the Hackathon Challenge?

A ‘hackathon’ event utilises collaborative methods of co-creation to find solutions to real-world problems. This is through immersive, fun and gamified activities designed to encourage full participation in a flexible and multisensory environment.

We are conducting research into the success of the hackathon events, and will use the findings to inform future educational enhancement projects. This has been made possible through a University of Brighton Education and Student Experience Scholarship Award.

Our ‘hackathon challenges’ are based on topics around student engagement and success, and through involvement in the hackathon, members (students and staff) will work together to understand the contemporary issues or problematic situations that university students face, and collaborate on possible solutions for change.

Key dates you must be available for

Following an initial project induction session there will be five hackathons planned, one on each University campus, and one online event. As a student partner, you will be expected to be able to attend all of the following times:

  • Tuesday 2 May (afternoon) Interviews with candidates – MS Teams (virtual)
  • Thursday 4 May 10:00 – 12:00 Project Induction and briefing – MS Teams (virtual)
  • Thursday 11 May 10:00 – 14:00 Hackathon 1 – Falmer Campus (in person)
  • Friday 12 May 11:00 – 13:00 Hackathon 2 – MS Teams (virtual)
  • TBC Tuesday 6 Jun 13:00 – 16:00 Hackathon 3 – Moulsecoomb Campus (in-person)
  • TBC Thursday 15 Jun 11:00 – 14:00 Hackathon 4 – Eastbourne & virtual (hybrid)
  • TBC Friday 23 Jun 10:00 – 17:00 Hackathon 5 – Moulsecoomb & virtual (asynchronous – 3 hours spread flexibly across the day)
  • TBC w/c 26 June – 2-hour Project debrief and celebration session – venue TBC
  • Thursday 13 July – 1-hour Conference Presentation at the Education & Student Experience Conference

How to apply

To find out more and to apply, simply visit this University of Brighton’s job vacancy page – Student Partner – Hackathon Challenge (Casual).

  • Closing Date: 21 April
  • Interview Date: 2 May (afternoon)
  • Start date: 4 May


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Robin Coleman • 12 April 2023

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