Being a Junior Commissioner
- What is the Junior Commission?
- What subject will the Junior Commission focus on?
- How can I become a Junior Commissioner?
- How much time do I need to commit to the Junior Commission?
- What type of person do I need to be to be a Junior Commissioner?
- Will Junior Commissioners receive training as part of their role?
- Will Junior Commissioners have equal responsibility for work produced during the project?
- What will we be expected to produce as part of the Junior Commission?
- Will we be given help and guidance by adults during the Junior Commission?
- How old must I be?
Application and Interview
- What is the essay question and is there a word limit?
- Do I need to submit any other information?
- How do I submit my application?
- Who will judge the competition and decide who the Junior Commissioners are?
- When is the deadline to submit applications?
- Am I allowed to submit more than one application?
- When will I find out if I have been chosen for interview?
- When will Skype interviews take place?
- When will I find out if I have been chosen as a Junior Commissioner?
- What if I change my mind?
Trips and Cost
- How will I travel to the UK and USA destinations?
- What are the dates of the trips to the UK and USA?
- Will the trips abroad take place in school vacation time?
- Who will pay for my travel to the USA and UK as part of the Junior Commission?
- Who will provide my VISA in order to travel abroad?
- Do I need a passport?
- Will there be adults attending the trips abroad?
- I have a disability, can I still be considered to take part in the Junior Commission?
Being a Junior Commissioner
The Junior Commission is a yearlong project run by IGGY at The University of Warwick. IGGY will select ten IGGY members to work together on a significant global subject. In order to be considered for the role of Junior Commissioner, IGGY members must enter the competition online and put themselves forward for a chance to be chosen as a Junior Commissioner.
This year the Junior Commission will focus on Education and the Internet. Junior Commissioners will aim to influence the future of technology and education by carrying out research, debating issues, interviewing professionals and presenting their ideas to policy makers for a chance to make a difference to the future of education.
If you are already an IGGY member, sign in to the IGGY website with your IGGY username and password and go to the knowledge section where you will be able to join the Junior Commission. You will be asked to submit an essay question and tell us a bit about yourself as part of your application. If you are not yet an IGGY member, please go to www.iggy.net/about to find out how to register.
If you are chosen as a Junior Commissioner, you will need to commit to the project for the year to start in May 2013 and finish in April 2014. The amount of time that we ask you to commit will vary but you should prepare to need to spend between 2 hours – 5 hours per week. Sometimes this will involve collaboration online with other IGGY members, debating, carrying out research or one-to-one online contact with advisors.
We are looking for a varied team of enthusiastic IGGY members to be part of the Junior Commission. We want to find ten different people who can offer different attributes to create a successful team. The following attributes interest us and may be relevant and useful as part of the role of Junior Commissioner: The desire to achieve, a passion and commitment to embark in a project outside of school commitments, teamwork skills, the ability to work independently, leadership skills, listening skills, determination, good communication skills, creativity and enthusiasm.
Yes, we are keen to make sure that you receive the best training and advice that we can in order to enhance your experience as a Junior Commissioner. You will be encouraged to learn about debating skills, interviewing skills, presenting, producing online content and influencing others. The role of a Junior Commissioner is the perfect opportunity to learn brand new skills as well as develop your existing skills.
Yes, all Junior Commissioners need to commit as equal members as part of the team and will be given equal responsibility for the work created and produced.
Junior Commissioners will discuss their ideas at the start of the programme. We would like Junior Commissioners to be able to provide as much input as possible about how they would like the programme to proceed and what their ideas on outcomes will be. We may ask for Junior Commissioners to carry out research and present their findings, devise and develop web content, provide policy suggestions, produce a press pack and produce a final report.
Yes, IGGY will provide Junior Commissioners with guidance and advice throughout the programme and will have a panel of professionals, advisors, academics and IGGY staff on hand to give you the support you need to succeed.
To be part of the Junior Commission, IGGY members must be aged between 13 – 18 between the dates of 12th April 2013 and 31st May 2014.
Application and Interview
The essay question is: What are the opportunities and challenges in letting students have open access to the Internet in school? How might the Internet change education over the next 10 years?
Please answer the question in no more than 2000 words.
Yes. We will ask you to tell us something about yourself, why you want to be a Junior Commissioner, your strengths and what you hope to gain from the experience.
Go to the Junior Commission page on the IGGY website and join the challenge. You will then be able to add the supporting information about yourself and attach your essay in the form of a word document to your workspace page.
Following the deadline, all applications will be read and shortlisted by the advisory panel which consists of academics, professionals and IGGY staff. They will choose a number of applicants to interview by Skype and they will select ten IGGY members to be the Junior Commissioners from this. The judge’s decision is final and we will be unable to offer individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.
The deadline is Midnight (GMT) on Friday 12th April 2013. IGGY is unable to accept submissions once the deadline has closed. Please see terms and conditions of the challenge on the IGGY website.
Only one application to the Junior Commission is allowed per IGGY member.
Junior Commissioners invited to take part in a Skype interview will be notified on or before Friday 19th April 2013.
Skype interviews will take place between Monday 22nd April and Friday 26th April 2013. We would ask you to be available for 30 minutes during these dates to chat to you about the Junior Commission.
We will notify successful IGGY members by Tuesday 30th April 2013 if they have been chosen to be a Junior Commissioner and we request that Junior Commissioners confirm their acceptance of this place as soon as possible.
We would like Junior Commissioners to fully commit to the yearlong project which will run from May 2013 – April 2014. A draft programme of activities will be available online and details will be confirmed prior to the submission deadline. Please ensure that you can fully commit to being a Junior Commissioner before you accept the role. It would be a shame for Junior Commissioners to drop out part way through the programme when other IGGY members would have been keen to welcome the opportunity to take part.
If you change your mind prior to the deadline for applications on Friday 12th April 2013, please let us know by e-mailing L.Lochee-Bayne@warwick.ac.uk
Trips and Cost
If you are chosen to be a Junior Commissioner you will be required to travel independently to the destinations set out in the Junior Commission programme. We hope to travel to the UK and the USA as part of the Junior Commission where all Junior Commissioners will meet and spend the duration of the trip together. All travel information will be provided by IGGY and all flights and travel will be paid for and organised by IGGY in advance. A full itinerary will be available to you and you parent/carer prior to your trip.
Dates are yet to be confirmed but provisional dates and destinations are a UK trip from 30th June – 6th July 2013 and a USA trip from 28th October – 2nd November 2013. These dates will be confirmed in the near future, if you are chosen to be a Junior Commissioner we would ask that you are available to attend both trips as part of your commitment to the programme.
Junior Commissioners will consist of a group of young people from all over the world. IGGY will be asking Junior Commissioners to attend two residential trips as part of the programme of activities. We will try not to impact too much on your school commitments but there may be the need for you to be away from school during term time and we hope that your teachers will understand the benefits of you being away from school in order to commit to the Junior Commission fully. Dates for the trips are yet to be confirmed but we ask that Junior Commissioners commit to attendance on both trips. See above for provisional dates for trip attendance.
If you are selected, IGGY will pay for your travel to and from any destinations as part of the Junior Commission programme. IGGY will book all travel and confirm the itinerary with you in advance. IGGY will organise and pay for your accommodation and main meals during attendance on these trips. If you wish to bring any spending money with you on trips involved with the Junior Commission then you may do so to buy additional snacks and souvenirs.
If you require a VISA in order to travel to the Junior Commission destinations, IGGY will pay for this. VISA requirements depend on your location, nationality and destination.
If you are selected to be a Junior Commissioner you will need to be in possession of a full valid passport in order to travel as part of the programme. IGGY will not be responsible for any paperwork or payment for your passport which will need to be valid for the duration of the Junior Commission. IGGY will require a photocopy of your passport if you are successful in being chosen as a Junior Commissioner.
On each of the trips, ten Junior Commissioners will be accompanied by 2 adult members of IGGY staff who are CRB checked. One staff member will be male and one will be female and their full contact details will be given to your parent/carer along with a full itinerary prior to your attendance on the trip.
Yes. Please let us know whether you have any special requirements regarding your disability in advance so that we can aim to cater for you to the best of our abilities.