Science in Schools Presenters (North-East and West Midlands/Birmingham)

Capture the imagination of children and young people by sharing your passion for science.

Children's hands go up in a science in schools presentation
Image credit: Katherine Leedale

Accountable to: Schools Programme Manager

Location: North-East and West Midlands/Birmingham

Contract type: Freelance or annualised hours contract, 1 to 2 days a week

Salary:  £190 per day of delivery, £100 per day of training

Calling all Science presenters! Here at the Royal Institution (Ri), we are growing our team of school presenters. The Ri team of professional presenters have an infectious enthusiasm and love for science that inspires audiences, entertaining and educating in equal measure. 

We are looking for presenters who can deliver engaging science shows to children in primary and secondary schools across the UK, and who are confident in sharing their knowledge with teachers and school staff.  

If successful, you will be delivering our popular science shows and professional development training sessions in schools across the country. We will provide you with the scripts, the props, the training, and the bookings… all you need to focus on is delivering amazing shows that engage and enthral our audiences with the wonders of science. 

A typical day as a Royal Institution Science in Schools presenter would involve driving to the school, setting up and delivering two one-hour long student shows, an hour long CPD training session for school staff, and then ending your day with a 45 minute after school show for families.  

The amount of work is varied, so you will need to be flexible. The estimated number of bookings vary by region, with all presenters receiving more bookings in the months of March and September. The freelance rate of pay is £190 per day (plus travel) for presenting and £100 per day while completing your training.  

We currently have two positions available in:

West Midlands/Birmingham, for 1-2 days per week starting in October

Newcastle and the North-East, for 1-2 days per week starting in October.

Please note that this role includes the use of pyrotechnics and other potentially hazardous materials. Full training will be given, and the successful candidates will be required to adhere to all Ri risk assessments and health and safety guidelines.  

We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Have experience in presenting to children and adults 
  • Are skilled communicators  
  • Have the knowledge and confidence to deliver science shows 
  • Can act as an ambassador for the Royal Institution  
  • Have experience of handling chemicals and/or pyrotechnics, or are willing to learn
  • Can manage their own admin and record keeping, and work with us to ensure we maximise the number of schools who can access our shows 
  • Are committed to exciting shows that keep everyone’s Health and Safety front and centre 

You will also need:

  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • To be available on these dates
    • 23 August for interview in person or via Teams 
    • 19 to 27 September (excl. weekends) for training (£100 per day) 

All offers of work are subject to applicants completing relevant safeguarding training, providing references and enhanced DBS checks that are satisfactory to the Ri

How to apply

Would you like to join our team? If you would like to apply, please email recruitment@ri.ac.uk by 12 (noon) on Thursday 18 August with ‘Science in Schools Presenter Application’ in the subject line with: 

  • An up-to-date CV  
  • A covering letter of no more than 500 words that explains more about you, and how your skills, experience, and knowledge match what we are looking for and which is your preferred location and role
  • A link to an example of you presenting. We really want to see you in action (it does not need to be about science)

About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.