Newcastle Engineering and Renewables Fair – Monday 21st February

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Newcastle Engineering and Renewables Fair

Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre

21st February 2011, 15:00 – 17:30

Come along and meet a selection of the UK’s engineering and renewable energy companies and intermediaries.

  • Find out how you could fit into their organisation and what opportunities they have which interest you.
  • Talk to staff working for these companies and get some inside information on what they look for and how their business is developing.
  • Ask the questions that you can’t find answers for on their website.
  • Find out knowledge and information that could make your future application that bit more researched and specific.
  • Take the opportunity to impress them with your interest and enthusiasm for their business.

All of this makes for much more impressive applicants both on paper and in person!

The Fair is open to postgraduate researchers and research staff. Bring your smartcard for easier and quicker access into the event.

See the list of exhibitors with links to their websites.

The Engineering & Renewable Energy Fair is a national event organised by Newcastle University Careers Service.


Scientist Training Programme replaces Clinical Scientist Training Scheme

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From 2011, the new graduate entry Scientist Training Programme (STP) will replace the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme (that was co-ordinated by Northgate Arinso Ltd).

Recruitment into the healthcare scientist training posts in England will start in January 2011 for the September 2011 intake. We do not yet know when the closing date will be. NHS trusts, working in partnership with strategic health authorities and higher education institutions, will offer approximately 200 training posts in life sciences, physics and engineering and physiological sciences to start in September 2011. Successful candidates will join a three-year, fixed term, integrated training programme of workplace-based learning and a master’s degree in their chosen specialism.

There will be a single national timetable for recruitment, national guidelines for the conduct of selection interviews, and assessment centres to ensure all candidates are treated fairly and equally. Science graduates can apply for the training posts through the NHS Jobs website, with shortlisting and selection processes organised and conducted by local trusts working in established scientific networks.

Details of all training posts will be available on the NHS Jobs website Further details of the scheme and a list of all the posts will be found on the NHS Careers website Details will be on both websites in mid-January 2011. I just had a look and the details haven’t been added yet but if you’re thinking of applying for this you might want to start keeping a regular check.

Engineering Recruitment Fair

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Our Engineering Recruitment Fair takes place on Monday 29th November between 4pm and 6.30pm, Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre.
Come along and meet over 20 of the UK’s prestigious Engineering companies, course providers and professional bodies.

Newcastle Engineering Recruitment Fair is a national event organised by Newcastle University Careers Service and the Schools of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical and Marine Engineering.

Look here to identify who is attending and what they are recruiting for.

Researchers are welcome to attend this event. If you are an experienced engineer for whom a graduate entry programme might not be suitable, you could still gain insight into the employers listed through talking to their staff. You may also gain contacts and suggestions for other routes into the organisation.

Engineering Fair

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     Are you interested in a career in engineering?

     Would you like to talk to potential employers? 

     Come and meet employers at our engineering fair.

Newcastle Engineering Recruitment Fair is a national event organised by Newcastle University Careers Service and the Schools of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical and Marine Engineering.

Monday 29th November 2010 – 4pm – 6.30pm, Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre

Engineering Fair Exhibitors – look at who is attending, prepare yourself by viewing their websites in advance, think about who you want to speak to and identify the questions you want answered.

Research Fellowships in engineering – 8 days to get your draft application in!

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced its Research Fellowships competition for 2010/11. This scheme is aimed at outstanding researchers from all branches of engineering who are about to finish their PhD or have up to three years postdoctoral research experience.

The scheme provides funding for five years, to enable the best researchers to develop their research career.

Each university is permitted to submit two proposals. The university will therefore be holding an internal competition to select Newcastle’s two candidates. The schedule for this is as follows:

-Draft applications (as outlined below) to Jo Gascoigne-Owens by email by 4pm on Friday 10th September 2010; An academic panel will be convened to review these applications and select Newcastle’s two applicants. An interview may be part of this selection;

-Applicants will be informed of decision by 17th September 2010;

-Heads of School will be asked to assign a ‘mentor’ to assist selected candidates with their application; -Final draft applications from selected candidates to be sent to Jo Gascoigne-Owens by 6th October 2010, for review and comment;

-Deadline for submission, 5pm 8th October 2010.

Based upon the funders’ requirements, draft applications should consist of:

-A summary of the proposed research area and the candidate’s track record (1 to 2 pages); A list of the candidate’s publications and/or conference presentations; The candidate’s CV (maximum 2 pages); A letter of support from the candidate’s Head of School.

If you have any questions contact Jo Gascoigne-Owens on or 0191 222 8624.

Further details can be found at:

Intel Challenge 2010

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What is the Intel® Challenge?

The Intel® Challenge Europe is a regional business plan for university students. In collaboration with prestigious education institutions and entrepreneurship organizations across Europe, Intel is excited to launch the Intel® Challenge Europe this year.

The goal of Intel® Challenge Europe is to contribute to the entrepreneurial movement and help generate interest and development of technological projects with the potential to become major business opportunities. By advancing technology entrepreneurship, Intel® Challenge Europe can support projects that can create value-added production chains and result in job creation.

The winners of this regional competition will be invited to participate in the final round of the competition at the Intel®+Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge (IBTEC) in November this year at the University of California at Berkeley.

Women in SET – developing networks

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vitaelogoVitae SWW Hub and Wales Resource Centre for Women in SET
Building & Sustaining Research Networks for Women in Science, Engineering & Technology

Thursday December 10th

University Hall Conference Centre, Cardiff UniversityThe importance of building collaborative networks to enhance research development, identify funding sources and further your career opportunities cannot be underestimated.  This one-day workshop will enable you to:

  • understand the purpose and benefits of developing research and support networks
  • identify and build internal and external networks
  • explore the potential for setting up women’s networks and overcoming  challenges and barriers
  • learn about the importance of role models and mentoring for women’s research and career development – both inside and outside academia.

Sessions include

  • representative from BBSRC on the Research Council’s view on the importance of collaborative research
  • the role of the Athena Swan Charter in women researchers’ career paths
  • Building networks & peer mentoring circles for professional development
  • Life outside the lab – building balance & flexibility into career management

Speakers include:

  • Professor Averil Macdonald, The University of Reading
  • Rachel Tobbell, Manager, Services for Women, UK Resource Centre for Women in SET
  • Janet Wilkinson, Skills Trainer & Consultant, 3×3 Consulting
  • Ayo Bakare, Services for Women Co-ordinator, UK Resource Centre for Women in SET

The full  programme will be available online shortly. The day will run from 10.00- 16.30.

To book a place go to:

Please note: This event is open to all, with priority going to researchers from the South West and Wales region.  Any enquiries, please contact Anne Goodman, Vitae SWW Hub Manager