Events

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:  http://soapboxscience.org/?page_id=135 . 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUwlqRejo-Y

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 www.soapboxscience.org or to contact the Newcastle soapbox science team email soapboxscience.newcastle@gmail.com .

 

Employers come to town- are you missing a great opportunity?

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As some employers look to complete their annual intake whilst others may be hitting the market for the first time prompted recruitment_fairsby the influx of new graduates, many universities across the UK including Newcastle, host Graduate Fairs to bring together recruiters and potential applicants  Given how few organisations target postgraduates directly, it’s easy to assume these events have little to offer those with research experience.

However, in reality the majority of PhD graduates eventually find work outside academia making recruitment fairs potentially a great opportunity to explore some of the options, provided you keep an open mind and understand most graduate recruiters will be more interested in the relevance of your background than the level of your degree.

Whether you’re already searching for jobs or life outside academia still seems a distant prospect, read on and find out why an hour at Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair (NGRF) could be your most productive lunch break yet. Read on for more…. Read the rest of this entry »

Commercialising Science workshop

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chemistProfessor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University returns with his intensive short course about identifying the commercial value in research.

Using Life Sciences case studies and role-play you will learn to:

  • Identify the commercial value in your research
  • Understand what business people really want from partnerships with academia
  • Understand the power of your intellectual property
  • Decide when to start a company and when to license your discoveries to others
  • Figure out your role in the commercialisation process

When: Tuesday 19th May 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Newcastle University Business School

Register your place on the workshop

Contact Alecia Dunn for further details.

Science to Data Science 2015

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The good people at S2DS have been in touch to update us on the S2DS programme for 2015 – see below!

S2DS

Skilled data scientists are in great demand on the European job market currently and PhDs with analytical backgrounds make excellent data scientists.

This five week workshop trains analytical PhDs and scientists in the commercial tools and techniques needed to be hired into data science roles. The aim of the workshop is to create a pipeline of high quality, commercial data science talent. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctorate Extension Scheme workshops for PhD students

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VC Prof Chris Brink with StudentsSome good news! We are introducing a new one hour visa workshop this year targeted at PhD students.

Understanding the Doctorate Extension Scheme – for PhD students on a Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK after their course ends

If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can use the 12 months to gain further experience in your chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up your own business.

Come to this workshop to find out more about how this visa extension works and how you can apply for it before your PhD comes to an end. The Visa Team and the Careers Service will be working together to deliver the workshop and ensure you have all the information you need to make an effective application at the right time.

The workshop will run 4 times during this academic year. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up!

Monday 2nd February – 3-4pm – King’s Gate Room1.26

Thursday 2nd April – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Thursday 11th June – 1-2pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Tuesday 11th August – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Details about the workshops can be found on the events pages of the Careers Service website.

Vitae workshop: Enhancing Professional Effectiveness

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Vitae are running a workshop in Newcastle at the end of November, focusing on supporting new researchers to be effective in their work. Vitae

Research Staff Futures: Enhancing Professional Effectiveness aims to help new Research Staff to make an effective start.  It focuses on two important themes during the transition from doctoral candidate to employee; being more effective in the face of diverse and competing responsibilities and working more effectively with others.

In our experience, researchers get a lot from the vitae courses, so this one is a definite recommend!

Deadline for booking is 14th November, with more details on the vitae website.

Interested in science and engineering opportunities outside academia? Talk with employers today

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Many PhD graduates are frustrated at how few employers specify an interest in a higher research qualification. Outside of academia, the value of a PhD in the graduate job market is still hard to measure and varies widely between employers. Whilst there will be opportunities where it’s essential, there will be many more where it’ll be up to the individual to recognise and sell the relevance and value of what they have to offer.

Job Fair

Today you have the opportunity to meet with 80+ graduate recruiters and find out where your higher level skills might be used outside of academia. Few of the companies present will advertise specifically for a PhD qualification but many have recruited PhD graduates in the past. This is your chance to learn more about what they do, who they work with, typical projects and new developments in their sector and if they have previously recruited PhD graduates, in what areas.

It’s not too late to get along to JobFest at St.James’s Park. Check the online brochure for a detailed list of who’ll be there, grab a sandwich and get down to St.James’s Park now. Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain first hand knowledge and insights into the job market for PhD graduates outside of academia.