ncl+ Awards competition
– your chance to win £300 or nominate a student to win!
10 chances to win £300! Open to all students including PGRs. If you’re not a student but know one who would make a great candidate, you can nominate them!
- Are you – or a student you know – involved in a hobby, society, voluntary work, or any other extra-curricular activity?
- Have you heard about the ncl+ Student Achievement Awards?
They are a great way to gain recognition for your hard work by dazzling us with your extra-curricular achievements.
Nominate yourself or a student for the chance to win a cash prize at the glittering awards ceremony, set to take place on 1st May at the Great North Museum.
There are ten award categories in total, offering something for everyone – from media and the environment through to sport, the arts and community spirit. There are also three society awards too.
The winner in each category will scoop £300, and each runner-up receives £100 – that means there’s a grand total of £4000 prize money! All you need to do is complete a short online entry form for a chance to win.
The deadline to enter is noon on Monday 19th March 2012. Make sure you don’t miss out! Find out more about the awards and enter online.
The awards are sponsored by npower, Accenture and Santander
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
Win an award that recognises what you do outside of your study!
Open to postgraduate researchers as well as undergraduate and taught masters students!
• ncl+ awards – open to any student involved in a hobby, society, voluntary work, or any other extra-curricular activity (cannot be an activity where you’ve gained academic credit)
• Can nominate yourself or someone else for an award
• Ten award categories: Academic and Peer Representation, Arts and Culture, Community Capacity-building, Community Spirit Volunteering, Contribution to Sport, Environmental Volunteering, Media and Communications, Society Officer of the Year, Best Society of the Year, Most Improved Society of the Year
• First prize in each category: £300
• Runners-up in each category: £100
• Shortlisted students (plus two of your friends) invited to an awards ceremony at Discovery Museum – bucks fizz reception, free wine and food
• Enter online
• Closing date Sunday 27th February
• More info on ncl+ site
Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub
Public Engagement Competition
Open to Research Staff and Postgraduate Researchers
6th April 2011, Durham Town Hall
Applicants are sought to create a poster or public engagement presentation based on Pecha kucha that explains to a mixed audience of non subject-specialists of mixed ages, what their research is about. Pecha kucha presentations consist of exactly 20 slides, each of which is displayed for 20 seconds. Total presentation time is precisely 6 minutes 40 seconds!
There will be a panel of judges, members of the public and other researchers who will not be experts in the same field. The panel will be made up of a range of people (academic, general public and industry) from both private and public sectors, specialising in a range of subjects.
This event will give the opportunity for members of research staff and postgraduate researchers to meet researchers from other universities within the region. There will also be a range of academics and employers from the region present, there will also be prizes on offer to the best posters and presentations.
This year we shall be awarding prizes for:
- Best poster in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Best poster in Maths, Science, Engineering and Medicine
- Delegate’s Choice Poster
- Best Pecha kucha presentation in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Best Pecha kucha presentation in Maths, Science, Engineering and Medicine
- Best Research Image and Caption
Plus up to 10 highly commended prizes for the runners up.
As the event is being held in Durham Town Hall it will be advertised to members of the public who will be able to freely come and view the posters during the day. As in previous years the posters and presentations will be available on the internet so that members of the general public and a wider audience can view them.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 22 FEBRUARY 2011