Teachers’ frequently asked questions

 

How do I log in?

First apply to take part. We only send log in details to teachers who are allocated classes in the event. You will be emailed your username and password. Click “Log In” at the top right of this page, and enter your log in details.

 

I’ve forgotten my password, what do I do?

Don’t worry, there’s various things to try:

  1. We emailed a copy of your username and password when we allocated you a place in the event. If you can, go back and check that email.
  2. If you’ve deleted that email, or you can’t check it at the moment, then click on the forgotten password link and we can email you instructions to re-set your password.
  3. If that doesn’t work then you can email us at admin@imaresearcher.uk telling us your name and username.

 

What is this site about?

I’m a Researcher is a free online event where school students meet and interact with researchers. It’s an X Factor-style competition between researchers, where students are the judges.

Students challenge the researchers over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the researchers anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite researchers.

It’s a great way to find out about all the different types of research and researcher, and get answers to the questions you really want to ask.

You can only talk on the site if you are one of the students, teachers or researchers who are taking part. And you can only vote if you are one of the students, but anyone can look around and read what is being said. Go on, have a look. From the main log in page, just pick a zone and browse around!

During the event young people use web technology they feel comfortable with, to ‘meet’ researchers. They ask questions and have live chats, and then vote for their favourite. Five researchers then go into a live final to decide who will be crowned the winner!

I’m a Researcher brings people together, gives young people a voice and teaches them about careers in research in a fun, memorable and engaging way.

I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here! is produced by Mangorolla CIC and Gallomanor, specialists in helping organisations engage their communities.

 

What can I do on the site?

Students can:

  • ‘Meet’ the researchers
  • ASK them questions
  • Let researchers know their opinions
  • Find out what real researchers are like and what they do all day
  • Engage in live discussion about real-life research done at universities and other places
  • CHAT live with researchers and ask them questions
  • Choose which researcher they think should get £500 by VOTING for the person they want to win
  • Enter a contest to win £20 in gift vouchers

Researchers can:

  • Engage with students
  • Contribute to education and careers advice
  • Hear what students and teachers have to say about research
  • Hear about the work other researchers are doing
  • Win prizes and take part in the live events if they impress the student’s enough

Teachers can:

  • Show their classes how research works in the real world
  • Download and use lesson plans and resources
  • Show students how the subjects they study at school relate to real life
  • Make lessons fun!

We hope everyone will find I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here! useful, engaging, and enjoyable. Explore the site, check out the researchers’ profiles, the live chats and all the questions that have been asked before, and… have fun!

 

How can I book a live chat?

To make a booking you first need to log in.

  1. Once logged in go to imaresearcher.uk/live-chat where you should see the live chat booking form if bookings are open.
  2. Fill in the details for your class’s desired chat, including the subject of the lesson the chat is for.
  3. Click ‘Request booking’.
  4. The form will ask you to check the details, and confirm these are correct. Click confirm.
  5. You will see a confirmation, and we will email the details to you.
  6. If you wish to cancel a chat, email us at admin@imaresearcher.uk.
  • We’ll give every class one live chat
  • We find that 30 minute chats are most popular, although 20 and 40 minute chats also work well
  • We can only run one live chat at a time in each zone, and will leave 10 minutes between chats ending and starting to give time to close and reopen the chat
  • We’ll run a maximum of 3 chats per day in each zone
  • To see what live chats are already booked you can filter by zone and/or date using the Bookings box on the right of the page. Please check your desired time slot is free before making the booking using the form below.
  • Please request your live chats before the event starts so we can do our best to fit them in
  • If you request live chats once the event has started we will try to fit them in, but cannot promise anything
  • Please do let us know if for any reason, such as illness, you’re unable to make a live chat. We can then let the researchers know so they can get back to their day jobs!

 

What sort of questions should students be asking?

We aren’t prescriptive. It’s good that students feel emboldened to ask the questions they really want to! We’ll take out gratuitously rude ones…

But the idea is that they learn about how careers in research REALLY work by talking to real professionals, get to know them as people, and also learn new things about their school subjects in the process.

 

Are there any IT checks we should do before the event?

Problems with the site are rare, but we have designed some brief checks which you can do well before the event begins, so that we or you are able to sort them out painlessly. The checks are detailed here.

 

Chat seems to be blocked, what can I do?

There are a few things that are most likely stopping the chat system from working. They are quite techy so you may want to refer your IT support technician to this page:

The chat system uses Javascript. You need to have Javascript enabled and this is normal.

If you’re having an issue, it is likely that your school is blocking it on your school networks.

A simple work around would be to add these URLs to your school network whitelist. If your school has an IT technician, please ask for this list of URLs to be added to the school’s whitelist:

*.imascientist.org.uk
*.imascientist.ie
*.imanengineer.org.uk
*.imamedic.uk
*.googleapis.com
*.gserviceaccount.com
gstatic.com
firebaseapp.com
firebaseio.com
*.firebaseio.com
Please contact us on 01225 869413 if you’ve checked this and it still doesn’t work.

 

I’m having problems with the website. What should I do?

Lots of problems can be caused by cookies not working on your machine. Make sure cookies are turned on.

You may occasionally not be able to see the latest pages or answers. Usually clicking refresh will sort it out. If not, try clearing the cache (Tools>options>clear cache or clear/delete private data, in most browsers).

If you’re still having problems please email admin@imaresearcher.uk or visit the staffroom between 9-5 during the event.

 

Why are the researchers in the Gallery in that order?

The participants appear in the Gallery in reverse alphabetical order (we mean, people called Z first and people called A last). This is because research has shown that people whose names begin with letters near the start of the alphabet tend to be more successful in life (http://www.richardwiseman.com/quirkology/new/USA/Experiment_surname.shtml). Maybe because they are always first in lists!

Here at I’m a Researcher we think life should be more fair, and we try to do our bit to make it fairer. So we are putting the people from the end of the alphabet first for once.

How do I give feedback?

All feedback is greatly appreciated. We take everything you tell us on board and this helps us to make the event even better each time. Positive comments are also very welcome and make us feel good about all the work that goes in.

If you have any comments please email us at admin@imaresearcher.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

What’s all this about voting and live finals?

Students get to vote for their favourite researcher. This will help determine which 5 researchers attend the live final.

The live final is at the Oxford University on Friday 29th September as part of the Curiosity Carnival. Students can opt-in to go along on the night to meet the researchers they’ve talked to online. In the final, the researchers will face questions from the audience and compete for votes to decide who’ll be crowned the winner of I’m a Research, Get me out of here!