Doctoral Training Opportunity Publication Skills

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PGR Innovation Fund project hosted by the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University


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Printing Guttenberg style

Theme: Publication Skills Workshop – Journals

Date: 1 December 2015, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: Newcastle Mining Institute, Westgate Road, Newcastle City Centre Read the rest of this entry »


Your degree, what next? Events for HASS PGRs

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A seminar series for GPS and HASS PGT and PGR Students

Organised and Sponsored by the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Students completing Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in the near future will enter a very tight job market in an economy on the cusp of major structural reforms. Good qualifications from Newcastle University will confer some advantages on students seeking employment in this stressful environment. Learning from people committed to and knowledgeable about the North East of England will provide students with new and important insights about the best ways to approach potential employers. This regular, informal seminar series provides students with the chance to listen to the experiences of seven senior executives from different walks of life about how they approached their post-degree employment prospects and what they believe to be the opportunities, prospects and problems of employment in the North East of England and beyond. Each of the speakers will present his or her views about how students can best prepare themselves for employment and will share their own experiences, good and bad, as they advanced their careers from newly employed graduates to senior executives in their fields.

Speakers will address students for approximately 30 minutes and a similar amount of time will be made available for questions. The advice and comments offered will be personal, practical and insightful. All talks will be held in the Clore Suite of the Great North Museum at 4pm on Thursdays and all HASS students are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Clore Suite comfortably seats about 70 people but attendance will be on a first come, first served basis.

TIME AND VENUE: Thursdays at 4pm The Clore Suite at the Great North Museum

Thursday 8th December 2011: David Laws (CEO Newcastle Airport)

Thursday 16th February 2012: Edmund King (CEO Automobile Association)

Thursday 15th March 2012: Erica Whyman (Chief Executive Northern Stage)

Thursday 19th April 2011: Jamie Martin (Managing Partner, Ward Hadaway)

Thursday 17th May 2011: Mo O’Toole (Visiting Professor Creativity and Innovation, NU Business School and formerly MEP for NE England)

Career Bites – for Newcastle University research staff

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Career Bites for Research Staff

These lunchtime sessions will provide an informal forum for research staff to come together and discuss questions, queries and concerns about an aspect of their career planning.

Facilitated by the Research Staff Careers Adviser, Rachael Roberts, each session will aim to address the needs of those that attend and the issues they raise. You can come along and ask questions, contribute suggestions, share documents you are working on relevant to the topic or to listen to the discussion. The aim of the sessions is to provide you with input and feedback on an issue in the way that you need at that point in time, rather than deliver a generic workshop that may not be appropriate for you.

Each session has a theme including; CVs and Cover Letters, Application Forms and Supporting Statements, Interviews and other selection methods, Networking and developing contacts.

Research Staff from all faculties are encouraged to attend. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you!

Research students should look at their own faculty programmes (HASS, FMS and SAgE) and book onto the courses organised for you!


Application Forms and Supporting Statements

Date: 24th November 2011

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Kings Gate L1.26

To book a place on this session please click on this link:


Networking and developing contacts

Date: 8th December 2011

Time 12-1pm

Location: Kings Gate L1.26

To book a place on this session please click on this link:


CV’s and cover letters

Date: 19th January 2012

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Kings Gate L1.26

To book a place on this session please click on this link:


Interviews and other selection methods

Date 2nd February 2012

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Kings Gate L1.26

To book a place on this session please click on this link:  

If you have any questions about the sessions please email

Want to look at a successful grant application?

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Did you know that Research Staff applying for funding can access a library of previously successful grant applications?

Researchers from across the university will have given permission for copies of their successful applications to be made available to you. This could provide you with some insight into what is achieving funding in your field and how you can tweak an application to give you a better chance of success.

More information is available from your faculty based Research Funding Development Manager.


Aspiring academic?

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The University of Manchester received Roberts funding to develop a website to support aspiring academics. It is now live and open to all researchers and you can access it here.

It includes video clips of academics and early career researchers and has sections on:-

  • “Is an academic career for you?” (looked at from UG/Masters, PhD and post-doc perspectives, separately) 
  • About academic careers” (what do academics do, career paths and section on “PhD and beyond”)
  • Finding jobs (including why you need to network)
  • Making applications (with ideas on finding example CVs)
  • Interviews and assessment (with an academic question bank)

I’d like to know what you think of it – so please post your thoughts and comments here. The Careers Adviser at Manchester who worked on it is keen to develop it further and would also like your feedback. You can provide direct feedback via the Manchester Blog.  

Hope you find it useful.

Academic CVs workshop

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At lunchtime I delivered a session on Academic CVs to Newcastle students and research staff. For those of you who wanted the slides after the session or couldn’t attend this time, the slides are available here – CVs for Academia participants copy

The session will be repeated in the new year. In the meantime, if you are a Newcastle student, graduate or member of research staff you can access 1:1 support from the Careers Service to review an academic (or other) CV that you have been working on. Have a look at the Careers Service website for more information on how to do this and for further CV resources and examples.

Are you intrigued by psychometric tests?

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Psychometic tests is a catch all term for aptitude tests and personality questionnaires. There are a wide variety of tests available – whether you want to find out more about yourself and what interests and motivates you or whether you want to assess your aptitude for a certain thing; numerical, verbal or even spacial reasoning for example.

Are you the sort of person who likes trying out these tests or do you try your best to avoid them? Many people find them useful in helping to learn more about themselves, their preferred behaviour and the environments that suit them best. However, employers are also interested in the results and psychometric tests can play a significant part in selection processes.

The Careers Service website has a significant amount of information about tests, including advice and links to a range of tests you can take or practice online, as well as the list of books we have available on the subject.

We also subscribe to an online graduate level numerical and verbal reasoning test so that you can practice and get feedback on your results for free. This is open to all Newcastle University research staff and students. To have a go at this, register by coming into the Careers Service or send an email to with the following details; title, first name, surname, email and gender.

You don’t need to be job seeking to make use of these resources – you are free to make use of them at any time!

I’d be interested in your comments on psychometric tests – let us know what your experiences have been.