Paid Opportunity for Conference Moderators/Note-Takers in September 2021

Paid Opportunity for Conference Moderators/Note-Takers in September 2021

Serious Organised Crime Conference (September 2021)

Paid Opportunity for Conference Moderators/Note-Takers (CMNT)

LOCATION: Remote Working (from home)

REFERENCE: SOC CMNT (2021).                   CLOSING DATE: 16 July 2021

UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) is recruiting seven university graduates or post-graduates, to act as work-stream moderators and note-takers at a virtual conference on Serious Organised Crime scheduled for 16/17 September.

This will amount to c 16 hours of work @ £14.01 per hour (+holiday pay), involving:

  • 2 hours training (planned for w/b 6 September);
  • 4 hours (1300-1700) on both 16 and 17 September,
  • up to 6 hours work writing-up findings and recommendations (20-30 September).

The conference is structured around seven themed workstreams, and we are seeking to appoint a CMNT for each. These themes are:

  • Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking
  • Economic & Financial Crime
  • Blue (Maritime) & Green (Environmental) Crime
  • Gangs & Syndicates (Arms, Narcotics & Extortion)
  • Victims, Harms & Markets (inc CSE)
  • Cyber-Crimes & Online Criminal Markets
  • Criminal Conflict & Political Violence.


The national champion for UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), is convening a virtual conference on Serious Organised Crime (SOC).

The aim is to improve understanding of SOC and how to counter it, with insights and recommendations that will deliver impact. We are working closely with the Home Office, National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs Council, and participants will include policymakers and practitioners as well as academic researchers.

The core business of the conference involves seven parallel roundtables that will take place over 90 minutes on the afternoons of 16 and 17 September (with a focus on understanding SOC on Day 1 and undermining SOC on Day 2). Each roundtable will be chaired by an experienced facilitator supported by the CMNT who will be responsible for acting as:

  • online moderator – managing which attendees have permission to participate with Video/Audio at the roundtable; this will be done under the guidance of the Conference Communications Coordinator, who will provide relevant participant lists;
  • roundtable note-taker, producing a record of key points and insights to emerge from discussion, to be used by the facilitator in a subsequent feedback event in October; this will be done in consultation with the Conference Convenor and relevant roundtable facilitator.

Each CMNT will also support the “Snapshots” event (1530-1700 each afternoon), where conference participants hear and respond to lightning talks from Early Career Researchers. The CMNT will need to monitor these semi-formal discussions – taking place in a virtual room designated to the relevant theme, taking notes to enrich insights to emerge from the conference.


Successful candidates will be enrolled in tertiary education, with – ideally – academic knowledge of one or more of our SOC themes. CMNTs need to have good analytical and listening skills, and will be expected to produce a brief, clear, structured summary of 90 minutes of roundtable discussion.

CMNTs will need to have access to a stable internet connection, a basic level of comfort with using online technologies, and access to a computer throughout the duration of the two-day event. Training on how to use the relevant platform, ‘Hopin’, will be provided in advance of the event.

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, please email by midnight on 16 July, providing a one-page cv and a covering letter describing:

  1. your current studies (50 words);
  2. skills you can bring to this placement and any experience relevance to this role; (150 words)
  3. what you hope to gain from this placement (50 words);
  4. your preferred workstreams (providing your top three in priority order).

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