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HASS Solvers Session: Unleash your creativity and enterprise!

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There will be an opportunity to unleash your creativity and enterprise during an Intensive Solvers Session on Tuesday 6th March 2012, 10am until 1.30pm working with award winning playwright, actress and singer-songwriter Yasmine Van Wilt.
PGRs need to be creative, enterprising, resourceful, able to solve complex problems and address challenging issues in innovative ways, build networks and win support. This Intensive Solvers Session seeks to develop your skills as a researcher as well as giving an insight into what is involved in creating a business – helpful information, if in the future you might consider freelancing, setting up a social enterprise or being self employed, based on your creativity, your research, your transferrable skills or your interests.
During the session you will come up with some creative ideas in response to some real life issues and opportunities, and create a hypothetical business to test out your enterprising skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
The problem being solved will be set by Yasmine Van Wilt, playwright, actress and singer-songwriter – and current HASS PhD student. She was a 2001 WordBridge Playwright and a 2007 Soho Young Writer. She has performed internationally for theatre and radio. She is a director and founding member of Immortalis Vox Productions. She recorded her debut album, Ex-Pat Reveries, with National Public Radio (US) in 2007 and went on to tour 40 venues in 4 countries performing music from this and her most recent album, The Big Smoke (2010). She has performed at such venues as Cafe de Paris and the George Square. Her most recent play, We’re Gonna Make You Whole was published by Oberon Books. Yasmine has numerous upcoming theatre, film and music commissions.
The Session is being led by Jane Nolan MBE, an Entrepreneur in Residence with Newcastle University Careers Service, a graduate of the School of English, a successful business woman and a current HASS PhD student. Booking: http://apps.ncl.ac.uk/pgrdp

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NU Women

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I have just come back from the latest NU Women event and thought it would be useful to remind you of its purpose.

NU women is a network open to all women who work at the University. At the moment the focus is on Newcastle University but the aim is to expand to include other Universities in the North East.

It was established in March 2009 to provide a forum for women to share ideas and provide mutual support for their career development. The network is led by Professor Vicki Bruce, Head of School of Psychology and Chair of the University’s Diversity Committee and is supported by a mixture of academic and administrative staff.

The network evolved from a Think Tank on gender issues Read the rest of this entry »

International Student Short Story Competition

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Calling all international students, you have until June 21st to enter the inaugural International Student Short Story Competition! Students from anywhere in the world can enter, providing they are studying at a UK university, or have graduated within the past two years.  Entrants can write about any aspect of their experience of studying abroad, such as the challenges of adapting to life in a different climate and culture, the ups and downs of ‘international living’, culture clashes, coping with food/cuisine in a new country, homesickness, love (or the lack of it), social lives, job hunts and struggles to make ends meet.

Run by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and judged by award-winning writer Jackie Kay,  first prize is a whopping £1,000, second Prize is £500 and third Prize: £200 so pick your pens up, get tapping on the keyboard and give it a go.

Full submission guidelines are on the NCLA website.

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.”

Intel Challenge 2010

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What is the Intel® Challenge? http://www.intelchallenge.eu/

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.

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