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ACTION 2012: Social Renewal

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Following the success of ACTION 2011: Sustainability, through which Newcastle University’s researchers addressed challenges of sustainability both now and in the future by developing commercial solutions to provide an impact, the ACTION Team are launching ACTION 2012: Social Renewal.

The ACTION 2012: Social Renewal programme provides a basis for research staff and postgraduate researchers to come together, outside of their existing research, to explore a societal challenge. Small teams work together, on a project that will engage them with the concepts of enterprise and research impact to address an issue under the social renewal theme – How can people, communities and societies thrive in a world of rapid and complex change? It encourages you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur so that you develop a commercial approach to your research. The winning team will be awarded £2,000 per member to be spent on their entrepreneurial development, or the commercial development of their idea.

If you are interested in attending the launch to find out more, please join us for lunch.

Launch event: Tuesday 21 February 2012, 12-2pm, HaSS Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th floor, Daysh Building

To register, please complete the booking form

 

For further information please visit the website www.ncl.ac.uk/action2012

You can contact the ACTION 2012 team via ACTION2012@ncl.ac.uk

This project supports the University’s 2012 societal challenge theme of Social Renewal and benefits from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

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Newcastle Researchers can win £10,000

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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

Having just returned from the launch of ACTION 2011: Sustainability I thought I’d share some news of it with you, so you explore this great opportunity for yourself.

At the launch we heard Professor Paul Younger talk about the challenges of sustainability both now and in the future – he highlighted how we should be thinking ahead – how things should be sustainable for our grand children’s grand children! We also heard Professor Max Robinson highlight what makes an entrepreneur – and how as a researcher you can become one without setting out to do so!

ACTION 2011: Sustainability provides a basis for research staff and postgraduate researchers to come together, outside of their existing research, to explore a sustainability challenge. Small teams will work together, throughout 2011, on a project that will engage you with the concepts of enterprise  and research impact to address an issue under the theme of sustainability. It encourages you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur so that you develop a commercial approach to your research.

Each team will be provided with support through mentors, residential training and workshops – but you don’t need to be in a team to take part – individuals and teams can apply. All successful applicants will be brought together and given support to form teams over a two day residential training event.

The project is funded by the EPSRC but applications are welcomed from all disciplines – collaboration is key in this after all! Your idea could be a product or a service – it just needs to be a project that fits with the sustainability theme. Two prizes are available to the winning teams; a first prize of £10,000 and a second prize of £5000. Judges will be looking for business potential, the innovation of the proposal and the creativity of the team.

This initative is only open to Newcastle University researchers and provides a unique way to demonstrate a real understanding of the importance of research impact and collaboration. I’d urge you to find out more about how you could make the most of this opportunity.

Have a look at the website for more information ACTION 2011: Sustainability

Apply to take part by Tuesday 1st March 2011

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!