Looking for first-rate job opportunities in the North East – as well as other locations across the UK?

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DWP siteAs someone who moved to the North East many years ago never thinking they’d be the career opportunities to stay long term, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me when researchers keen to remain here, are concerned about limiting their career prospects if they stay, so it’s always good to share opportunities that help to address this concern and show that higher education isn’t the only place that values higher level research and analytical skills. 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.

Interested in influencing UK scientific policy? Early deadlines for the new Science and Engineering Fast Stream scheme

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If you were at the presentation last week by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir Mark Walport, you’ll already have heard about the new Science and Engineering Fast Stream and the role of scientists in government. It was clear from the numbers (10,000+ scientists employed) and range of opportunities available that the skills and knowledge of higher level graduates in these fields are highly valued across all government departments. Read the rest of this entry »

Approaching the end of your research and interested in establishing a new business in the UK? Concerned about visa and cultural obstacles?

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If you’re a non-EEA student or graduate about to complete your studies and interested in an entrepreneurial future, then understanding the business culture of your host country and overcoming visa restrictions are likely to be early obstacles to success. Business etiquette in one culture may be seen as unethical and unworkable in another. A recent article on business meetings in the UK is worth reading if you want to know more about the idiosyncrasies of our business culture. It reminded me how easy it is to assume that we all work in the same way. Many international entrepreneurs are currently working to develop a set of “hypernorms” or business etiquette that every culture can live, work and grow by. Perhaps, you’ve already got ideas of what you’d like to see included?

Newcastle University recognises the uniC&Vque challenges faced by its international students and graduates when building a successful business in the UK. In line with the firm commitment of the University to entrepreneurial development, a new programme of support has been developed for students about to complete their studies or research. Rise Up INTENT (International Entrepreneurs) is a pioneering programme of interactive workshops on how to start, sustain and grow a successful business in the UK including insights into ‘business basics’ of market research, financial literacy, marketing and business etiquette. Whether it’s as simple as appropriate body language or how to conduct successful negotiations, understanding the business culture of your host country and that of your customers is vital for success. Yet it can be easy to overlook and so miss the opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. The programme is a unique opportunity for future business owners to consider both the cultural and commercial implications of starting a business in the North East of England.

One of the main aims of Rise Up INTENT is to offer entrepreneurial international students and graduates the opportunity to develop a credible business plan which they can then choose to take forward to the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement panel in November 2014. The University is an endorsing institution for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa which allows non-EEA graduates to start and run a business for 12 months under the supervision of the University.

Interested to know more? Read the workshop programme for further details. Check the endorsement criteria to ensure you meet the eligibility, then apply online by 5pm on Monday 29th September. The application process is open now.

Please note that the course will also run in June 2015 for those whose current visas expire in or around October 2015.



Documenting your experiences. Really!

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Gaining funding for your PhD is a relief for many,   but what about those students who aren’t so fortunate? The Guardian Higher Education Network is  interested to hear the stories from those   unfunded PhD students. How has this affected your reputation, motivation, personal life, and ability to make the most of public engagement, etc?

Already there is a huge and varied response on Twitter . Are you interested in writing a piece on this topic?. If this is you, please get in touch with

Claire Shaw, Content Coordinator for Guardian Higher Education Network

Twitter @gdnhighered

Journal dedicated to researcher development

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The International Journal for Researcher Development, the first international journal devoted exclusively to the scholarship of researcher development, is calling for papers presenting original empirical research, conceptual analyses, policy analyses, and theoretical perspectives within the context of researcher development. Submissions to the International Journal for Researcher Development are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system.

Any questions can be sent to the Editor: Dr Linda Evans, Reader in Education, University of Leeds, UK E-mail:

Vitae Researcher Development Conference

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Want to know more about what key speakers feel about the major issues impacting on researchers? You can now listen to podcasts of the main sessions held at the Vitae Researcher Development Conference, held in early September.