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‘Creating Friction’ conference: 22/04/2010

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This Thursday is the ‘Creating Friction’ conference: the UK’s first interdisciplinary creative practice postgraduate conference. Working with steering committee members Isabella Streffen from Fine Art and fellow Creative Writer Jane Thomas has been both fun and useful.  When we started, we had no idea that chat between Creative Writing and Fine Art PhD students would throw up so much common ground to grumble about and share tips over, as well as highlighting future networking possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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????

PLoS Map of Science

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

Only 5 places left at ENTERPRISERS

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To get your place on this Cambridge Judge Business School – run course, get your application in by 10.00 am Friday 11th December 2009 .

This Enterprisers course runs from 11th – 15th Jan 2010. If this is something you would like to do you can find out more here or go straight to the application form on the Cambridge Website and chose ESRC funded (11-15 Jan 2010), make sure you write in Newcastle in the University tab and your nearly there.

Carpe Diem

We thought that you might also have friends who would benefit from this amazing course. Maybe you know someone who has a Newcastle University degree but is having trouble finding work, or who has been affected by the economic downturn.

Please remember that eligibility is restricted to Newcastle University Graduates (i.e not current students). To see our full eligibility statement please go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/makeitfly/enterprisers.php and scroll down to ‘how do I apply’.

You can find out more at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/makeitfly/enterprisers.php or by emailing me at c.a.m.kennedy@ncl.ac.uk

New extended application deadline!

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Great news, we’ve extended the application deadline for the Enterprisers course for 2 EXTRA WEEKS to 10 am 11th December 2009.

Newcastle University Staff and Graduates promote Enterprisers

This Enterprisers course runs from 11th – 15th Jan 2010 in Warwick. If expanding your horizons and tapping into your potential is something you would like to do, go to Enterprisers to find out how to apply.

Inspirational and intensive, the programme helps people with Newcastle University degrees to develop both their personal and professional skills and unlock their entrepreneurial potential.

Please remember that eligibility is restricted to Newcastle University graduates. To see our full eligibility statement go to Enterprisers and scroll down to ‘how do I apply’.

New Enterprise – making the difference, Tuesday 15th December 2009 , HASS Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th Floor, Daysh Building

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The Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework was developed and tested with employers of Newcastle University graduates to determine how important they consider specific skills to be to the future of their business. The results from the 131 organisations that took part show that over 80% of employers consider personal enterprise, the ability to respond to opportunities and initiate change in order to drive continuous improvement, very important or important. In addition 75% of respondents thought the same about commercial acumen, the ability to recognise, utilise and create opportunities in order to contribute to achieving organisational goals.

These results are supported by the recent CBI report ‘ Preparing graduates for the world of work’ (2009). “ Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework 2007 .

On the 15th December hear how current postgraduate research students, staff and graduates are developing and using enterprising and entrepreneurial skills to progress their career ranging from the application of bespoke training and experiential learning to the start-up of commercial and social enterprises from their research.’

‘Enterprising skills and entrepreneurial behaviour are widely recognised as important elements of success in a wide range of sectors and professions including research. What does this mean for you? How might you take advantage of the ‘culture of enterprise’ and the opportunities it offers to enhance your career prospects?

Idea Generation

Researchers say YES to Commercialisation

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Teams representing the cream of UK university talent have been competing in regional heats across the country for the past three months.

In the face of this stiff competition, three teams of postgraduate student and research scientists from Newcastle University have succeeded in being selected to compete in the BiotechnologyYes final this December.

Newcastle University teams are becoming regular contenders for the top prizes and we have high hopes for this year’s entries.

Last Year's Winners: Team Allez and Team Fybre having fun after the final

BiotechnologyYES is an annual competition, now in its 14th year, which aims to help the UK’s early career bioscientists gain the skills and contacts necessary to turn research into a commercial reality.

Young scientists competed for places in the final, mentored by a team of advisors including financiers, intellectual property experts and spin-out company heads.

In the running for prizes and fame this year, are:

  • Team Aquaestus (pronounced a-quest-us):

Miguel Angel Galindo, Jennifer Hannant, Joseph Hedley, Jonathan Pate and Andrew Pike. Their Product Bio-ad Pro was developed to conserve heat through the use of a biochemical obtained from a bacterium. Once added to liquid Bio-ad Pro maintains a steady equilibrium and dissipates heat at a slower rate compared to conventional cooling processes.

  • Team Atmosphane:

Andy Goodhead, Joseph Harwood, Ernest Chi-Fru and Carla-Leanne Washbourne. Atmosphane will exploit methane clathrates, using a novel bacterium and biostimulant, to provide low cost methane as an alternative to traditional fossil fuel.

  • Team Ecosphere:

Susan Fitzer, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Khan, Helen Pagett, Rebecca Herdman and Liadi Kola Mudashiru. Ecosphere uses a second generation antibiotic called iBiotic2G to reduce methane from ruminants. Thus increasing cow meat yield and milk yield and lowering meat to market period. iBiotic2g has a molecular size too large for absorption in ruminant stomachs and therefore avoids resistance build up to antibiotics and passing this resistance onto humans.

All of these teams are sponsored by local business woman and entrepreneur Caroline Theobald whose company Connect North East specialises in bringing together high-tech companies and investors.

Watch this space in the New Year for an update on how our teams got on at the December 14th final in London!

 ‘When one of the judges got his cheque book out I knew we had nailed it.’ Jennifer Hannant; Aquaestus 

‘At one point I thought this was a real business, but it wasn’t.’ Jonathan Pate; Aquaestus

 ‘Environment YES demonstrates the numerous career paths available to research scientists, presenting entrepreneurship as a realistic long-term occupation’ – Carla-Leanne Washbourne; Atmosphane

‘It was very intensive during the Oxford workshop, it was hard work but altogether a very enjoyable and beneficial experience. Plus the food was good!’ – Rebecca Herdman; Ecosphere