Counsellor Applications

Employment

Counsellors for PROMYS Europe are employed by the University of Oxford.  Before completing an application, you should make sure that you have the right to work in the UK (for example through being European Union, European Economic Area, or Swiss nationals). If you are selected, you will need to produce documentary evidence of your right to work when you arrive in Oxford. Offers are subject to the successful completion of DBS checks.

PROMYS Europe seeks to attract applications from undergraduate mathematicians of the highest quality and potential, regardless of background. Counsellor hiring decisions will be based solely on individual merit.

PROMYS Europe Counsellor – job description and selection criteria

Job title PROMYS Europe Counsellor
Location Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Stipend  £2,500
Hours  Full-time 
Contract duration 8 July 2017 - 19 August 2017 
Reporting to Dr Vicky Neale
Application deadline 12 February 2017 
Decisions advised by     3 March 2017   

 

 

 

 

 

  

Applications are invited for the post of PROMYS Europe Counsellor.   

PROMYS Europe is a partnership of PROMYS, Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute.  It is a summer programme designed to encourage mathematically ambitious secondary school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counsellors and faculty.  Competitively selected pre-university students from around Europe gather at Wadham College, Oxford for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.

PROMYS Europe is closely modelled on the very successful PROMYS programme at Boston University.  Professor Glenn Stevens, who founded the Boston programme in 1989, is also the founding Director of PROMYS Europe.

The successful candidates will be required to work full time from Saturday 8th July 2017 to Saturday 19th August 2017.  They will also need to spend some time beforehand helping with the preparation and undertaking necessary training (such as on safeguarding young people). The pay will be £2,500.  Counsellors will be provided with accommodation and food at Wadham College, Oxford throughout the programme.  One or more of the counsellors will be selected to act as Head Counsellor or Deputy Head Counsellor, with additional responsibilities,  and pay of £2,600. 

Responsibilities

The successful candidates will be expected

  • to undertake their own individual programme of mathematical study during the programme;
  • to contribute to the counsellors’ programme of study on a topic mutually selected by the counsellors;
  • to be positive mathematical role models for the young people at PROMYS Europe and to play a full role as members of the PROMYS Europe community;
  • to encourage, support and advise the PROMYS Europe students as they work on the problem sets;
  • to mark the daily work of a small group of PROMYS Europe students and to meet each student individually to give feedback afterwards;
  • to work with a small group of students on an exploration project and/or research project;
  • to be present in the common room regularly during the day and evenings (there will be a rota to ensure that there are always counsellors available to work with students);
  • to work as part of a team of counsellors, with the support of an experienced Head Counsellor;
  • to work with PROMYS Europe faculty and administrators to ensure students’ academic and pastoral wellbeing;
  • to help organise weekly non-mathematical activities and appropriate weekend activities;
  • to undertake other tasks as may be reasonably be requested by the PROMYS Europe faculty.

It is important that there are enough counsellors on site at all times with the students, for safety reasons.  It will be possible for each counsellor to take reasonable time off during the programme, but only by prior negotiation and arrangement with the Head Counsellor so that there are always enough counsellors still on duty.  Counsellors will normally be expected to be at Wadham overnight.  During the week counsellors will have some free time to themselves during the day and evenings, when they are not required for specific activities, but they will need to liaise with the Head Counsellor so that there are enough counsellors on duty at any given time and so that the responsibilities of counsellors are shared fairly amongst the group.  Working at PROMYS Europe is intensive and demanding, the hours include weekends and evenings, and the rate of remuneration reflects these expectations.

Selection criteria

Essential

Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate

  • that they will be aged at least 18 at the start of the programme and have the right to work in the UK;
  • that they are undertaking an undergraduate degree programme  in Mathematics or with a very significant mathematical component (undergraduates in their final year may still apply); 
  • an exceptional academic record in mathematics;
  • engagement in mathematical activity beyond the requirements of their school and university courses;
  • proficiency in English at the level required to give talks, read student work, and work with students;
  • teamwork skills to enable effective collaboration with students, other counsellors, faculty and staff. 

Desirable

It would be helpful for successful candidates to demonstrate some or all of these

  • a particular interest in pure mathematics, and especially in number theory and related branches of mathematics;
  • previous experience of working effectively with young people;
  • an understanding of and commitment to the aims of PROMYS Europe. 

This job description is intended as a guideline and the exact nature of the work may vary from time to time according to the needs of the programme.

Application process

  • Please complete the application form, paying particular attention to demonstrating how you fulfil the selection criteria. You will also be asked to upload a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) and a copy of your university transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  • Please ask two individuals who are familiar with your background in university-level mathematics to send us letters of recommendation. Letters can be emailed (preferably as PDF attachments) to promysdocs@bu.edu. Please be aware that you are responsible for requesting the letters of recommendation yourself and that they should arrive before the deadline for applications. You should show this job description and your application material to your referees to inform what they write. You should ask your referees to comment on the following, to the extent that they are able to,

1. your mathematical aptitude, level of experience, and potential for future work in mathematics;
2. your performance in your undergraduate course, particularly in pure mathematics;
3. your communication skills and ability to work as part of a team — including comments about your command of English (is it good enough to give mathematical talks in English, and to read and assess other students’ work?);
4. any reservations they might have about your suitability to work with young people.

  • There is an optional form for monitoring purposes which will be sent to you once you have submitted your application. This form is completely anonymised and will not affect your application or the selection process.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 12 February 2017 and successful candidates will be notified by Friday 3 March 2017, at the latest. 

Important Information for Candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidates will be subject to some standard pre-employment checks. These will include: 

  • proof of their entitlement to work in the UK (usually a valid passport or European ID card), or sufficient information to demonstrate to the University that they will be able to get the required immigration status before commencing employment;
  • criminal record check - this position involves working with young people under the age of 18, so successful candidates will be required to make a criminal record disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  This will check for any previous criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings, and where applicable, the appropriate ‘barring’ list that prohibits work with vulnerable groups.  Any offer of employment will be conditional on the production of a satisfactory disclosure certificate from the DBS.  Successful candidates will be given a DBS form to complete.  
  • The University of Oxford complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice.  Disclosures are handled in the strictest of confidence and only by staff who have been designated and trained in handling such information.
  • Please note that you will need to provide original documents and where any documents are not in English a certified translation will be required. Do not include these documents with your application. You will be sent a request for the relevant information once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the PROMYS Europe office at info@PROMYS-Europe.org.