Welcome to the new academic year……

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smiley face1Whether you are new to Newcastle or embarking on another year of research, we wish a warm welcome, and hope you enjoy the coming months of study. The start of anything new can be a little uncertain and nerve wracking, least of all if you are unsure what happens next. We know that this feeling extends to what lies beyond your research, so……… Read the rest of this entry »

Creative Industry & Teaching Opportunity: SELLL & Cap-a-Pie Collaboration

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Originally posted on The SELLL Careers Blog:

Ruth Connolly and Stacy Gillis (SELLL) are coordinating an opportunity for those students in the Faculty interested in teaching/facilitation, creative industries, creative learning, performance, applied theatre or working with children more generally.

Funded by NiSR and by the Catherine Cookson Fund, Dr Connolly and Dr Gillis are working with theatre company Cap-a-Pie (www.cap-a-pie.co.uk) are working together to offer students the chance to gain skills in developing and running practical and creative workshops alongside children-in-care (foster children) from the Gateshead area.

Workshop training, led by Cap-a-Pie, will focus on the ArtsLit Performance Cycle. ArtsLit has been developed at Brown University, USA to allow participants to ‘probe and comprehend classic literature texts and create meaningful works of their own’. The approach has been used especially to raise literacy attainment for young people who are struggling.

This project was piloted by the School of English, working on Beowulf, last year.  This…

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Free Guest Alumni talk: Ann Cairns, President International Markets for Mastercard

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Originally posted on GradFocus:

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU

Date/Time: 6th November 2015, 17:00 – 19:00

 We are honoured to have local-born Newcastle University graduate Ann Cairns (MSc Medical Statistics 1979) join us to talk about her inspirational career journey, followed by drinks, canapés, and an exclusive opportunity to socialise and network with fellow alumni.

Watch Ann Cairns talk to CNN about her fascinating career

Mrs Cairns went on from Newcastle University into a landmark appointment as the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain, with her time as an award-winning research engineer culminating in a position as Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas.

Now the hugely influential President of International Markets at MasterCard Worldwide, Mrs Cairns brings with her more than 20 years of experience working in senior management across Europe and the U.S.

We would be delighted to have you join us to be inspired by…

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Call now open – JSPS Pathway to University Positions in Japan Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

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Japanese flagJSPS Pathway to University Positions in Japan Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers have asked us to make you aware of the following call:

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading funding agency in Japan to support fundamental research across all fields. Our Pathway to University Positions in Japan Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions. JSPS will fund the initial 12 to 24 months of the visit and the fellowship thereafter is designed to lead to full-time employment at the host institution. Eligible applicants need to be within 10 years of finishing their PhD. Eligible research fields are not limited.
Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information:

Application Deadline: Friday 4th September 2015

Fellowships must start between 1 April to 30 November 2016.

Jobs for PhDs on our vacancies online site – current vacancies

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Job seekingWe’ve got a lot of resources on the Careers Service website to help you find vacancies, whether that’s sector-specific job sites on our exploring occupations pages, local companies you can send a speculative application to from our North East Graduate Directory, or broader options for finding vacancies (not forgetting, of course, the good advice we have on job seeking on this very blog). Read the rest of this entry »

Transitioning out of academia

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Great post from The Thesis Whisperer blog on “Transitioning out of academia“. The post itself is written by guest blogger Shari Walsh:

Shari Walsh worked as an expert PhD career counsellor when I first met her, around 5 years ago. Now she runs her own business called ‘Growth Psychology’ and specialises in helping PhD students develop a successful post-PhD career both inside and outside of academia, amongst other things. In this post Shari shares her own transition story and offers you the benefit of her expert advice – for free :-)

It’s well worth a look if you haven’t checked it out already.

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