What: interactive workshop for all PGR students considering their future goals, whatever stage of research
When: Thursday 14th February 09.30am – 16.00pm
Where: Devonshire Building G20/21
Where next? – A question which is firmly in the minds of many PGRs, given the current reduction of opportunities in HE and the challenging economic situation. Whether you are aiming to work in academia, become an employee or be self employed, this highly interactive session aims to provide you with relevant and practical knowledge and skills.
The need: Successful PGRs need to be enterprising, creative and resourceful whilst solving complex problems and addressing challenging issues in innovative ways. They also need to be equipped to take on a challenge and see it through to completion. The ability to build networks, present ideas convincingly and win support for projects and funding proposals are also vital attributes to secure success.
In a fast changing and highly competitive world, organisations need creative and enterprising people and teams, and increasingly value people with an enterprising approach and an understanding of what makes a business successful and what customers need. Research has shown that employers believe that this is an area where graduates and PGRs would benefit from more knowledge.
How this session helps: We present a real life issue, which illustrates how research at Newcastle University is making an impact in wider society, through the Societal Challenge themes of Sustainability, Ageing and Health and Social Renewal, by developing solutions to real and pressing societal issues and making a difference to people’s lives.
During the workshop you will use creative thinking techniques to develop solutions in response to a real life challenge, work in a multi disciplinary team, gain knowledge about what makes a business successful and sustainable, develop a hypothetical venture and present your ideas convincingly to the problem owner.
What you will gain from attending:
This session aims to:
- further develop expertise which is important to you as a researcher
- give an insight into what is involved in creating a business to make a difference from research and make the benefits available in society
- offer the opportunity to network with people from other disciplines
- enable you to reflect on your transferable skills and employability
For more information please contact Jenny Brady: firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up (there are limited places available so act quickly!) please use your school’s electronic register sign up system.
What other PGRs think:
“This is the best session I have attended….”
Secondary Outcomes (taken from the RDF)
B1-5 Personal qualities – Self reflection
B2-4 Self management – Responsiveness to change
B3-2 Professional and career development – Continuing professional development
B3-3 Professional and Career development – Responsiveness to opportunities
B3-4 Professional and career development – Networking
In collaboration with Rise Up in the Careers Service – an innovative, award winning business start up support service for Newcastle University students and graduates.