Find out more about careers in industry with Career Mentoring

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Career Mentoring offers career support through pairing students with mentors working in industry. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand about career options outside academia.

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Industry Fellowship

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The Royal Society has announced its Industry Fellowship competition for academic scientists and engineers who would like to work on a research project with an industrial partner through a secondment into industry. The fellowship can also be used to host an industrial partner on secondment here in Newcastle. The closing date for this competition is 6th June 2011. More information……

Science Career Fair

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 Now in its fourth year, the Naturejobs Career Expo (formerly The Source Event) is the UK’s largest career fair and conference for the scientific world.

The Expo promotes the UK and Europe as great places to pursue a career in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents opportunities from public, private, national and international organisations.

You can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice.

Over 1000 experienced UK and European scientists, in physics, chemistry, the life sciences and medical sciences, actively seeking their next career move attend.

Of the 2009 London event attendees:

  • 72% were in full time employment
  • 65% held a PhD degree
  • 79% were over 25 years old

23rd September, 2010 – Business Design Centre, London

More information and details about how to register available here.

A New Technology Business Incubator

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A brand new initiative to help aspiring technology businesses in the North East has been set up at the Wilton centre in Redcar.

Check out The Journal Article on this new Innovation Accelerator.

The article states: “The Innovation Accelerator is specifically aimed at entrepreneurs looking to commercialise a scientific innovation and will give them unique access to the business intelligence, services and experience that will give them the best chance of success.”

Building Successful Collaborations

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I’ve just returned from the most recent ‘In Conversation with…’ event on the theme of ‘Building Successful Collaborations’ and wanted to write something about it.

The speakers were Dr Judith Rankin, Reader in Maternal and Perinatal Epidemiology in the Institute of Health and Society who also holds a NIHR Personal Fellowship and Paul Watson who is Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Digital Institute, and Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre.

We learnt how two years ago, Paul had pulled twelve distinct schools together to form the £12M UKRC Digital Economy Hub on “Inclusion through the Digital Economy”. Of course, he is a professor – you wouldn’t be expected to do that just yet – but he does know a thing or two about collaborating effectively!

He highlighted the importance of starting out with a good sense of what it is you are trying to achieve. Then you can identify how to move forward – recognising what skills you need and who might have them. Each person involved should be clear about what they want to get from it – be that the knowledge and skills of others, new skills of your own or an opportunity for professional development and promotion.

Another key thing was being prepared to put some time into understanding other disciplines – how they work and what is important to them. To demonstrate this he highlighted how in his discipline there isn’t much emphasis placed on where your name appears on a paper!

Judith started by asking for a definition of collaboration – “working with others to achieve a common goal” was the outcome.

She identified the Four ‘P’s of effective collaboration;

Purpose – what it is going to achieve and how will you measure success?

People – who are you going to work with and where can you find the skills you need?

Processes – how will you define and analyse the problem?

Place – how will the team conduct their interactions – face-to-face or remotely?

Key things I learnt today;

Collaborating can make up for some of the deficiencies you might have as a researcher.

You need to set aside time and resources to make this happen.

Working with just one or two other people can bring about success – projects don’t have to be on a large scale.

You need to spot and develop opportunities – make the most of conferences by talking to people over lunch and attend the social events at the end of the day!

Read more about effective collaboration here.

 If you attended, we’d be interested in your thoughts and comments!

You are Wanted!

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Would you like to be a guest blogger?

Perhaps you are a member of research staff or a research student at Newcastle University?

Maybe you are a recruiter of those with a PhD or research experience – in academia, industry or elsewhere?

Your role might involve the support of  researchers?

Could you be a past researcher from Newcastle, having moved on in your career to another institution or a different career path entirely?

We are looking for guest bloggers to share their insights and experiences with others via this blog. Your contribution could be a one-off or a regular thing. You might have insights to share on a specific topic; academic career progression; moving out of academia; what makes a good CV; where to look for vacancies or how to network. Perhaps you are making a transition and want to share your progress with others as you go through the process? Maybe you have recently made a significant career move and want to document how you get on in your new position?

Whatever your idea on contributing to this blog – let me know – just send me an email at

NERC North East Science Day – a date for your diary

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Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria Universities will host the first NERC North-East Science day in Durham on Wednesday 14th July 2010. The aims of the event will include facilitating interaction with NERC representatives (including the NERC’s academic science theme leaders); facilitating interaction between NERC researchers across the North East; and providing a forum for interaction with potential industrial partners. The event will be open to all with an interest in NERC research funding. More information about the time and format of the event will be available nearer the time but I thought you might want to get the date in your diary!