Sharing is caring (inspired by @veletsianos)

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Social Media for Learning

This post is inspired by George Veletsianos, who has created a video summary titled ‘Scholarship on Social Media and the Academic Self’ based on his paper ‘Open Practices and Identity: Evidence from Researchers and Educators’ Social Media Participation’.

George raises the question:

“Is sharing a value of contemporary academic culture overall or is sharing a value of a specific academic sub culture?
For example is sharing a value of the open education sub culture and are we seeing sharing as a value because open education researchers are active users of social media?”

For me sharing was a habit I developed, following the good practice of others. Through social media and the development of my own personal learning network, I was able to learn from the connections I made. Many of these are educators, however others are professionals who are open sharers of information that can be of value to all lifelong…

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Want to join the Careers Service team?

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Are you interested in working 1:1 with students? Do you have excellent people skills and experience of giving 1:1 advice in a workplace or voluntary setting?

Why not apply to become one of our CV advisers?

The Careers Service is now recruiting paid part-time CV advisers for the next academic year.

CV advisers provide 1:1 CV, covering letter and LinkedIn profile feedback to students and graduates of all degree disciplines and academic stages as part of a drop-in service, via email and at Careers Service events.

Applicants must be a Newcastle University student throughout the 2016/17 academic year.

Deadline to apply: Monday 2 May 2016Print

Apply here and search for CV adviser.

Soapbox Science

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We are excited to announce that Newcastle University will once again be hosting Soapbox Science following our record breaking debut last summer. Would you like to be a part of Soapbox Science Newcastle 2016?

Our call for speakers is NOW OPEN! If you are female, an academic scientist, researcher or PhD student and are keen to share your science with the people of Newcastle then apply using the following link: . The closing date for applications is Friday the 26th of February 2016.

Soapbox Science is a grass-roots science outreach organisation that brings cutting edge research onto urban streets whilst also promoting the visibility of women in science. We place inspirational speakers on soapboxes and encourage them to engage in and start conversations with the public about their work.

For the Newcastle event we’ll be commandeering Grey’s Monument in the City Centre on Saturday June 18th and wowing unsuspecting passers-by with our latest discoveries.

For a flavour of Soapbox Science Newcastle 2016 have a look at our short film of the day:

Soapbox Science has been running for 5 years with events in UK cities across the country and has attracted media coverage including BBC, The Guardian, Time Out, The Times (Eureka). 2016 is Soapbox Science’s biggest year yet with 12 events planned across the UK the first ever international event in Brisbane, Australia. It also receives great interest from the scientific community, with coverage in Nature, Science and New Scientist.

For more information go to or to contact the Newcastle soapbox science team email .


Creative Careers Week

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AHRC Careers Outside Academia

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The AHRC is holding an event to showcase careers outside the academic sector for its current funded doctoral students. The event will be held at The Studio in Birmingham on Wednesday 17 February 2016

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Speaking the same language workshop for PGRs

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Speaking the Same Language Workshop for HASS PGRs

Friday 5th February, 10- 4 in the Doctoral Training Suite

Hope you can join us for the day – lunch will be provided!

Newcastle PGRs should sign up through the usual PGR training Registration process:

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White House Internships

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Hidden jobs for PGRs

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We often get jobs on our vacancies online site that would be great for PGRs, but very often, researchers don’t use the site. For example, we’re currently advertising this project-based placement that would suit someone with some teaching experience, which to us seems ideal for PGRs (particularly as you can fit your working hours around your research).

Take a look for yourself and see what other opportunities are available to get you the extra experience you need. Save your search and we’ll also keep you up-to-date with the latest opportunities.   




What does employability mean for researchers?

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Tjob_jigsaw_300he University has commissioned the Careers Service to write a strategy on student employability. The Careers Service believes that it is essential that the strategy represents the voice of our postgraduate research students (PGRs), and is looking to run a focus group with PGRs to explore:

  • What does employability mean to PGRs?
  • Does the current thinking about the strategy reflect PGR needs?

This is a great opportunity for PGRs to voice their views on their specific career development needs, and influence a university-level strategy in its development stage. Read the rest of this entry »

Event: Lecture on the Civil Service

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Careers Translated

Civil Service Guest Lecture – Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This event will be of interest to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in diplomacy, political institutions and working abroad.

Where? King’s Gate L1.26
When? Monday 2nd November 2015, 18:00 – 19:30

At this event we will have Amy Sherwood from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office speaking about her career in the civil service to include life in the FCO (home and away), what does a diplomat really do, joining the FCO and working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Amy is Regional Project Leader for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This role takes her all over the region, where she assists during crises, elections, covers business-critical work (including acting as Ambassador), and runs various projects both in London and overseas. Amy’s previous roles in the Foreign Office include, Deputy Ambassador in Chisinau, Moldova…

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