Want to know more about the career paths of researchers?

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Vitae have launched two new publications which you can read or download from their website.

What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on

This new publication provides comprehensive evidence of the value of doctoral study to researchers, their employers and society at large. It identifies six distinct ‘occupational clusters’ of doctoral graduates and illustrates how these highly talented individuals contribute to innovation and knowledge transfer through using their knowledge, skills and experience in research and non-research roles across all employment sectors.

What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral entrepreneurs 2010

A collection of 30 career stories from doctoral researchers who have gone on to become entrepreneurs – it includes people from a diverse range of disciplines doing everything from consultancy to setting up a company that manufactures an innovative backless bra!


Knowledge Transfer – This is your chance!

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Hi Researchers,

This fantastic opportunity caught my eye this morning, it’s chances like this that you need to grab and make the best of to really give your CV a cutting edge above the rest of the herd! (Check that out for a mixed metaphor!!!) Find out more here

Knowledge Transfer Secondment Map

Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS) Scheme In October 2009 Newcastle University was awarded £489,235 from EPSRC. The KTS will provide funding to help ensure the exploitation of the research funded by EPSRC at Newcastle University. It operates on the principle that the best way to transfer knowledge is to transfer people. This is based on the Research Assistants Industrial Secondments (RAIS) scheme previously available from EPSRC. It will allow movement of skilled people both into and out of Newcastle University. For application guidelines and application form please visit the KTS pages . For further information on KTS please do not hesitate to contact published on: 26th January 2010

Happy New Year 2010

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Happy 2010 Researchers,

Hope you have had an amazing Christmas break!

So not only is it a New Year it’s also a New Decade so if like us you are full of  resolutions and the determination to put them into practice, why not check out the Vitae website as a good starting point to get you revved up and ready to go.

Happy New Year

Also if you are a girl then you might like to attend the following event:

Girl Geeks January Event with fantastic and inspirational speakers for the evening…networking opportunity to kick start the new year.

Places are limited and selling out.

The Girl Geeks January event is in proud association and support with Yahoo! Developer Network and Newcastle Science City

Girl Geeks is a north east based, fun and friendly professional community for women and girls interested in technology, science, digital, innovations, entrepreneurialism, creativity and computing.  We hope you will come along and join our fun networking opportunity for like-minded women to get together, network, dine, drink and discuss all things geek.

January Event Details:

Date & Time: Thursday, 14th January 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm start.

Venue: Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Format: Warm welcome, introduction to the evening and update, buffet dinner, talks from guest speakers, shared experiences from a few Girl Geeks members, conversations, networking. 


We have a great line up of speakers for the evening:

Sophie Davies-Patrick, Head of International, Yahoo! Developer Network will be coming to the region especially for the Girl Geeks event! Sophie will be talking about her exciting career to date, her role at Yahoo! as well as introducing Yahoo! ‘s Developer Network. 

Sophie started the Yahoo Developer Network in the UK, dealing with everything the YDN supports in the US but extending it out to Europe, Asia, Canada and South America. She knows the markets, empowers the right people to talk to other right people and to their outside contacts about Yahoo and in general keeps the US aware of what the outside world is up to.

Joscelyn Upendran is co-founder & CEO of lovle and is also the Public Project Lead for Creative Commons – England & Wales which role means she is responsible for raising the awareness about Creative Commons. love is a learning and training software & services company. lovle’s software  enables individuals and organizations to quickly and easily find and legally remix, repurpose and collate learning content while keeping track of copyright licences. Prior to founding lovle, Joscelyn worked as a commercial lawyer in private practice for a number of years before she commenced a career in higher and further education, training lawyers and accountants.

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation that provides free, easy to use legal tools and licences that give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple standardised way to pre-clear copyright to their creative works. CC licences let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Some e.g of use of CC licences: MIT; The Whitehouse; Yoko Ono; Gwen Stefani; OpenUniversity; Wikipedia; Flickr

Location and Parking:

Organised by: Girl Geeks (North East)


Food:  Extensive finger buffet and home baked cupcakes. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

Drinks: Complimentary welcome drink

Attendees: Girl Geeks From across the North East! Boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek although on this occasion we do stress that there are limited spaces due to demand so more boy geeks = less girl geeks.

Cost: £10.00 per person

Booking: Please reserve your place and book your ticket for the November Girl Geeks event via the payment link on the contact page of the Girl Geeks website or Paypal payment to

Please contact Mia Chapman (founder of geek girls) if you require further information.  

+44 (0) 7817 858347

New extended application deadline!

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Great news, we’ve extended the application deadline for the Enterprisers course for 2 EXTRA WEEKS to 10 am 11th December 2009.

Newcastle University Staff and Graduates promote Enterprisers

This Enterprisers course runs from 11th – 15th Jan 2010 in Warwick. If expanding your horizons and tapping into your potential is something you would like to do, go to Enterprisers to find out how to apply.

Inspirational and intensive, the programme helps people with Newcastle University degrees to develop both their personal and professional skills and unlock their entrepreneurial potential.

Please remember that eligibility is restricted to Newcastle University graduates. To see our full eligibility statement go to Enterprisers and scroll down to ‘how do I apply’.

New Enterprise – making the difference, Tuesday 15th December 2009 , HASS Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th Floor, Daysh Building

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The Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework was developed and tested with employers of Newcastle University graduates to determine how important they consider specific skills to be to the future of their business. The results from the 131 organisations that took part show that over 80% of employers consider personal enterprise, the ability to respond to opportunities and initiate change in order to drive continuous improvement, very important or important. In addition 75% of respondents thought the same about commercial acumen, the ability to recognise, utilise and create opportunities in order to contribute to achieving organisational goals.

These results are supported by the recent CBI report ‘ Preparing graduates for the world of work’ (2009). “ Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework 2007 .

On the 15th December hear how current postgraduate research students, staff and graduates are developing and using enterprising and entrepreneurial skills to progress their career ranging from the application of bespoke training and experiential learning to the start-up of commercial and social enterprises from their research.’

‘Enterprising skills and entrepreneurial behaviour are widely recognised as important elements of success in a wide range of sectors and professions including research. What does this mean for you? How might you take advantage of the ‘culture of enterprise’ and the opportunities it offers to enhance your career prospects?

Idea Generation

Beyond the PhD – a Career Resource for Arts & Humanities PhD Researchers

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Beyond the PhD was conceived and developed by people with arts and humanities PhDs in collaboration with careers professionals. It brings together a desire to make visible what happens to postgraduate researchers after they graduate and an ambition to avoid easy prescriptions of ‘getting your perfect job’.

‘We are interested in the emotions, the stories and the unexpected events which lead to unforeseen outcomes. How do people reach the decision to pursue an academic career or to explore other options? How do those with a clear sense of direction get to where they want to be? What is the impact on an individual’s career direction when they don’t get shortlisted for the first few jobs they apply for? How long do people cleave to long-held career aspirations in the face of pragmatic pressures like paying the bills? When people decide to take a job outside academia, how do they reconcile that with the academic identity that has been under construction during the years of postgraduate study?

What Beyond the PhD offers is a rare opportunity to listen in on the experiences of a range of different people from different backgrounds, ages and stages of life who have been through the PhD in an arts and humanities discipline and made the transition into a variety of work beyond it. Their candid personal reflections on facing challenges, responding to opportunities and reaching decisions are captured in segments of audio-interview.

Interviewees describe their PhD experience; the period of transition from their final year of writing-up to their subsequent employment; the contexts in which they currently work, and how the PhD has equipped them for their role. As well as responding to specific questions about, for example, the practical career-building activities they have engaged in, interviewees also reflect on more philosophical questions surrounding personal identity in relation to both work and the PhD.
Beyond the PhD is a good place to explore possible career paths within and outside academia, but it aims to complement rather than replace the existing support for PhD researchers; a select list of online and print resources is available via our links page. There are a range of perspectives represented on this site – some of which may conflict with each other, and your own – it is for you to evaluate what you hear and decide what to take from it.’

Vitae Career Stories Portal

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vitaelogoVitae have launched their new Career Stories portal. From the portal there is access to the new “What do researchers do?” publications. One has a breakdown of destinations of doctoral graduates by individual subject area and the second contains some 40 career profiles of doctoral researchers. You should find both publications useful in considering your career options. The portal also includes links to a diverse range of projects where career stories are featured. Career stories on film will be available on the vitae site in the Autumn but in the meantime go to the site and click on the show reel to give you a snap shot of what is to come….