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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)


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 »

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.”

A Dream Job?

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So, the telephone rings. It’s the Head of School of my old university. “Would I like to come back and take up a research position as the Technical Manager for the University’s new research vessel?” Would I? The dream job lands in my lap out of the blue. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Vacancy – PhD Chemist, Onyx Scientific

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     Graduate Apprentice required  for Onyx Scientific

Full details about the scheme are available at:

For full job details click here

Vacancy Job Title: PhD Chemist

Closing date: 11/03/2010

Salary: Competitive + benefits

Description: Graduate Apprentices offers graduates (who have graduated from a UK university in the last three years) the opportunity to undertake an initial twelve week paid contract within a North East based SME. 80% of our graduate apprentices have been offered longer term positions. Onyx Scientific provides a wide range of chemical services to the life science industry. They specialise in medicinal chemistry, Process Development, Custom Synthesis, GMP synthesis and Scale-up, in addition to a comprehensive range of analytical and solid-state services including automated Salt Selection and polymorphism studies. 

They are looking for synthetic organic chemists to work in their laboratories in Sunderland. The work involves practical organic synthesis on scales ranging from milligrams to kilos. Projects vary from medicinal chemistry research to process development and GMP scale up. A Chemist will be expected to work safely within the guidelines set by the company. They will carry out experimental work in the laboratory to synthesize small quantities of product using standard laboratory equipment and larger quantities in equipment up to 50L scale.

Candidates should ideally possess a PhD in organic chemistry and have an excellent knowledge of synthesis. In addition to a range of practical skills an ability to interpret a wide array of analytical information will be required. You need to be self-motivated and able to run projects with minimal supervision. Good inter-personal skills, both written and verbal are essential for working with both customers and laboratory team.

Apply by completing the online application form at including J076 PhD Chemist as the Placement Title. If you encounter any difficulties submitting your application please contact  

Specific location: Sunderland