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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)

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Wet Wet Wet!

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Now there are two types of leak on a boat. There is the leak below the waterline where seawater enters the boat and there is the leak above the waterline where rainwater enters the boat. One might imagine that the former is the more serious but this is seldom the case unless it is a catastrophically large leak. Seawater leaks do no more than accumulate a little water in the bilge and generate some damp. They can be managed by occasional bilge pumping. Rainwater leaks however are the real enemy that transform life afloat from mild hardship to abject misery. Everything gets soaked. Books soak up water and expand like toilet rolls that have been accidentally dropped down the loo, computers, radios and televisions commit hari-kari in hours, bedding doubles in weight and mugs taken from the shelf are found to be already filled.

Eddie’s boat had both kinds of leak.

It was just about possible to find a position where one could sleep without being dripped on by moulding one’s body into the right shape and not moving all night. Even then you have to be prepared for the ‘stealth leak’. This is the leak that accumulates on a ledge or other interim surface and builds until its pregnant meniscus rises to the limits of captivity, the surface tension ruptures and a torrent of cold water descends onto the sleeper/computer/book below. A joy to experience.

I thought I could withstand this existence for three nights a week but the combination of discomfort, lack of sleep and too much driving meant that every time I returned to the boat my resilience was eroded. The damp was permeating my body and it felt as though I had entered an accelerated aging programme. The boat was turning me into Eddie.

It was clear that I would have to make alternative arrangements, but there was another problem – trouble was brewing in paradise.

Fab job opportunity!!

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Calling all Arts, Humanities and Cultural PhDs! Check out this great opportunity to work for Arts Research Digest

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Arts Research Digest provides a unique overview of current research in the arts, media and cultural sectors worldwide. Their mission is to facilitate and promote the exchange of research and ideas between local and national cultural sectors in the UK and all over the world.

Arts Research Digest is published six times a year and they are currently looking for an online copy writer and editor to cover maternity leave!

If you think this is something you would like to do or is the kind of work experience that could kick start your career please email all enquiries to enquiries@arts-research-digest.com

HASS Researchers Needed!

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Researchers,  improve your transferable skills by helping to lead some or all of 2 days of career and personal development sessions for HASS postgraduate students.

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Your extensive experience in the academic world is invaluable when acting as a role model for those PhD and Masters students considering their options for the future.

Dates and Times

  1. Induction for Facilitators: Nominally 13:30 – 17:00 Monday 22nd February 2010 but if you can’t make this contact me and I’ll meet you individually. c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk
  2.  Briefing for Participants: 13:00 – 15:00 Tuesday 23rd February 2010
  3. NICER Knowledge: 09:30 – 17:30 Wednesday 17th March 2010 and Thursday 18th March 2010  Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th Floor, Daysh Building

 

Module Outline

World class research demands innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. However, as experienced academics you know that identifying a solution to a problem is only the beginning. Can you help the next generation of researchers become NICER?

For PhD students, ensuring that their idea is meaningful to the world around them and for their solution to have an impact, an enterprising outlook and an understanding of how to effect positive change can be invaluable. The NICER Knowledge Programme, designed to foster Networked, Innovative, Creative and Enterprising Researchers… would you like to….

  • Help students to develop innovative and creative ways of moving their PhD research project or Career forward?
  • Use your insight and passion for developing creative solutions to social, economic and cultural problems to guide these students?
  • Get a new perspective on your own research and teaching by working with multidisciplinary PhD student groups to develop your skills.
  • Make an impact on your own career by gaining valuable work experience away from your project.

The induction afternoon (1) will train you fully in the pedagogy and techniques we will be using in this intensive workshop to really help HASS PhD students to realise their potential both in the academic world and in their careers.  

The initial briefing session (2) will outline the components of the programme to the participants and you will help the students to prepare for the programme itself.

The two-day intensive programme (3) You will facilitate the development of teams of PhD students. You will enhance the value of their knowledge by helping the PhDs build on their existing skills, foster new networks and explore their career aspirations. Working with a multidisciplinary team, you will be tasked with helping them to find their own an answer to a real social, economic or cultural problem. As a facilitator of these intensive sessions you will take HASS PhD students through the key stages of developing a solution, whilst exploring their own personal and professional development.

Please contact me at c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk for further details

Make the most of your Academic Career

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So these days having a succesfull career in academia is all about publishing papers????

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Wrong!!!! actually some of the most succesful academics in this University have their fingers in the business pie too…. for some real life inspiration and clues as to how you can make this kind of success your own come to

THE LITTLE AND LARGE OF ENTERPRISE

For research staff and academic staff in the Bioscience areas

Please book your place on this event via: http://researchstaff.ncl.ac.uk/rss//book?instance_id=1414

Title: Working with business: the ‘little’ and ‘large’ of enterprise

Date: 29 Jan 2010

Venue: Medical School Boardroom and Foyer

Time: Event 10:00 – 12:00; lunch 12:00 – 13:00

Objective: The objective of this event is to raise awareness amongst research staff and academic communities within the Bioscience area to the commercial potential of their research. This will be achieved by a ‘shop-window’ approach showcasing examples of the types of commercial engagement that have been of benefit to some of our researchers ranging from small but profitable entrepreneurial ‘sidelines’ of research to making your career out of Bio Business.

 Topics include:

  • Social and economic benefits of commercialising research
  • Running a business alongside research
  • Patenting and licensing
  • Commercialising research reagents
  • What’s it like working in a spin-out?
  • How to work with industry in your lab: commercial contracts in research
  • Consultancy opportunities

Confirmed speakers include:

Michael Whitaker, Dean of Development

Mark Birch-Machin, Prof of Molecular Dermatology (ICaMB) and Founder of Genesis Genomics UK

Melanie Hardman (Cancer Research Technologies)

Deepan Shah (Orla Protein Technologies)

Linda Taylor, Research Translator & Funding Development Manager