The Careers Service is recruiting

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Are you interested in 1:1 work with students? Do you have excellent people skills and experience of giving 1:1 advice in a workplace or voluntary setting? Why not apply to become one of our CV advisers?

The Careers Service is now recruiting paid part-time CV Advisers for the next academic year.

CV Advisers provide 1:1 CV and covering letter feedback to students and graduates of all degree disciplines and academic stages as part of a drop-in service, via e-mail and at Careers Service events.

Please note: Applicants MUST be a Newcastle University student throughout the academic year 2015/16.Students in front of purple and green wall taken by Jim McAdam


Apply by Sunday 21st June for this part-time role.

Apply online and search for ‘CV Adviser’ here.

Rise Up Business Boot Camp

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Location: King’s Road Centre
Time/Date: 24th July 2015 – 26th July 2015

Find a team. Develop an idea. Build a business.

The Rise Up Business Boot Camp is an intensive, hands-on, residential weekend experience for students and recent graduates who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to real world problems.

We’ll help you develop ideas and form teams with like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs and you’ll experience the process of developing a business model, testing it with real people and pitching it to a panel of business experts.  This all takes place over one amazing, action-packed weekend!

Taking part in the Boot Camp will allow you to: learn how to test and develop new business ideas, work with others to achieve success and discover if you’ve got what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Outstanding teams will win the opportunity to receive support from Rise Up, including the chance…

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Applying for research funding? Listen to the experts

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Securing research funding is always a fiercely competitive process.

Whilst there’s no changing the degree of competition, expert advice from reviewers and researchers can make a big difference to the quality of your application and may well increase your chances of success. The Guardian recently published a useful summary of top tips for funding applications to help you through the process. It’s definitely worth a look and provides a further reminder of the benefits of talking to others especially those in your field who have already successfully navigated their way through the process.

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Funding Opportunities

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The Way We Live Now – The AHRC Anniversary Essay Competition

AHRCThe AHRC is marking its tenth anniversary in 2015 through a number of activities to showcase the achievements of the arts and humanities research community over the last decade, to look forward to the coming decade and to celebrate the role of the arts and humanities in all areas of our national life.

One of these activities is a series of ten debates held at universities and cultural organisations around the UK over the next year. The theme of the series is ‘The Way We Live Now’ and individual debates will focus on more specific themes including The Future City, Curating the Nation, the Challenge of Change, Beyond Digital, and many more.

These debates will examine key aspects of our human world, the ways in which they are changing and shaping our lives, and explore the ways in which the arts and humanities can help us understand our changing world.

Essay competition

To help build a legacy around the debates, capture the ideas expressed by speakers and members of the audience and to provide an exciting opportunity for doctoral students studying within the arts and humanities, the AHRC is running an essay competition linked to the debate series.  The competition is open to any current doctoral student registered at an eligible organisation (see the call document for eligibility)

Further information on the call, eligibility criteria and application process can be found within the call document (PDF, 37 KB, opens in new window)

Closing Dates


Deadline Date Additional Info

​Due to the fact that the series is taking place over a period of nine months, there will be three deadlines. The first deadline, covering the first four debates (Curating the Nation, The Challenge of Change, Faith and Education and Social Cohesion and the Common Good) will be 30th October 2015, the second deadline covering the debates, Beyond the Digital, Future Cities for All, Rethinking the Nation and Books and the Human, will be 18th December 2015 and the final deadline, for the remaining two debates, Is British Culture a Myth? and Machine World, will be 31st March 2016.

How to make an application

​Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words each and submitted in Word format. Applicants should submit their applications via the online form (open in new window),  submitting essays by attachment when prompted to do so.

Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum and bibliographies should not be included.

Please do not include your name on the Word document to ensure anonymity during the judging process.

Winning essays will be published in an AHRC publication and on the AHRC website. Notification will be made prior to publication but submission of an application will be taken as acceptance of these conditions.

​Further information is available in the call document (PDF, 37 KB, opens in new window)

​If you would like further information on this competition, please contact Philip Pothen on

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 »

What’s in a story?

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Many opportunities exist for Researchers to attend conferences that focus on the transitions made to post docs and alternatives to careers in academia. Next week alone, Manchester Careers will be hosting their annual Pathways event, the Historical Society are running another ask the experts event, and our own Northern Bridge Digital Humanities, Summer School, on the 4-5 June has a bespoke showcase event ‘Collaboration for Career Success’. So what value is there in attending these events, and what can be taken from the stories shared? Read the rest of this entry »

Social media and the early career historian

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A thought provoking read for all researchers

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Earlier this week, a number of #twitterstorians had a debate on Twitter about the role of social media in helping early career academics.  So, does having a Twitter account actually help you to get a foot on the ladder?

Having been through the process of being appointed to an academic post and more recently having sat on shortlisting and interview panels, it is clear to me that social media is not something that is critical in whether or not an early career candidate gets shortlisted or not.  What gets you long-listed in the first place is your ability to meet all the essential criteria for the post.  A lot of other candidates will meet all of these criteria.  What helps to get you on the short-list is how well you meet the essential criteria as well as how you meet the desirable.  Different jobs in different departments in different universities…

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