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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 .

 

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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 »

Making the leap from academia to industry

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Thinking about how your PhD can be transferred to industry?  Check out this interesting blog post from IT firm Scott Logic.  It’s great to hear how the transferable skills, especially problem solving, gained from PhD research are valued; and that time spent in academia from an industry perspective is viewed so positively.

Interested in finding out more about how your research skills can be used in industry?  Have a look at the Career Mentoring programme for the opportunity to be paired with a mentor working in industry to discuss career options and find out more about career opportunities within an industry setting.

Guest post from our Mentoring Coordinator, Helen Hayes

 

STEM placements in India for UK PhD students

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British Council India and India’s Department of Science and Technology are inviting applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements for UK students in India for 3-6 month placements.

This PhD programme is being run under the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a part of the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from UK PhD students studying STEM subjects – particularly those interested in:

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation
  • Public Health and Well being
  • Energy Water Food Nexus

Application process

The application form can be found here.

Deadline for applying 31 July 2015
Notification to successful applicants 15 October 2015
Grant received by 15 December 2015
Placement period 3 to 6 months between January and October 2016

More information on the programme, who is eligible, what the scheme covers and how to apply can be found here.

Find out more about careers in industry with Career Mentoring

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Career Mentoring offers career support through pairing students with mentors working in industry. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand about career options outside academia.

Meet Joy, one of our mentors Read the rest of this entry »

Explore careers outside academia with Career Mentoring

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mentoringCareer Mentoring offers Newcastle University postgraduate students career support through pairing you to a mentor working in the region. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to learn about career options outside academia and how your skills can be used in other settings.

What is Career Mentoring?

Mentoring is a partnership with the goal of achieving professional and personal development. A mentor is a trusted adviser and role model who can act as a sounding board for your career aspirations. Mentoring is also a great way to boost your awareness about opportunities available in industry and how your skills and experience could be used. Your mentor can share their personal journey to help you identify your career goal and make steps towards achieving it.

Students already taking part in the programme have spoken about career pathways and strategies with their mentor along with how to establish a work life balance in industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Researchers Into Schools

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teaching-credentialResearchers in Schools (RIS), which recruits, trains and places researchers from all subject backgrounds to teach in non-selective state schools in a number of locations across the country.

Although applications are open to all researchers who are completing or have completed their doctorate, those who have worked on fields in Maths, Physics and Engineering are eligible to become Maths and Physics Chairs with a considerable salary uplift. This career route is designed to ensure that researchers’ subject knowledge and considerable experience of higher education is maximised in a number of unique ways: Read the rest of this entry »