Working conditions

Being a postdoc at Newcastle: I wish I’d known about…

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Today saw the first Career Lunch Bites workshop for postdoc researchers, where the group explored issues around networking. Usually, this session focuses on how to persuade a professor to collaborate with you in the future. Interestingly, today’s group was particularly interested in how to get to know their postdoc colleagues here at the university. The $64,000 question is: how?! 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.

Women in science. What have we got ourselves into?

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Chemistry womanA guest blog by Gillian Pepper, a PhD student in the Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience

As a woman attempting to begin her research career I often find myself asking, “What have I got myself into?” And it would seem that I am not alone. Despite various attempts to increase the number of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers in the UK, only 17 percent of STEM professors are female. According to the Fawcett Society, the under-representation of women in STEM occupations, which are comparatively highly paid, accounts for a large portion of the overall gender gap in pay. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission International Mobility Questionnaire – Deadline 15 September

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The European Commission is looking for feedback to help them to develop policies to improve the career prospects and working conditions of researchers – see below!


The European Commission recently launched a large international study on the mobility patterns, career paths and working conditions of researchers (

A first survey focusing on the opinions of researchers currently associated to a European university was launched in June 2012.

This second survey looks beyond Europe and focuses on the international mobility of researchers to and from Europe and other places in the world. It targets both EU and non-EU researchers.

We would like to know about your views, needs and experiences with international mobility. Which countries have you worked in as a researcher? What factors have played a role in your decisions to move country? Have you previously worked in Europe and if so, how does this compare to other parts of the world? Have you considered carrying out future research in Europe?

Your responses will help the European Commission to develop better policies that should improve the mobility opportunities, career prospects and working conditions of researchers.

The questionnaire should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. It will remain open till September 15th.

Thank you in advance for your survey participation and feedback. All answers will be treated as strictly confidential and processed anonymously.