Want to know more about the career paths of researchers?

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Vitae have launched two new publications which you can read or download from their website.

What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on

This new publication provides comprehensive evidence of the value of doctoral study to researchers, their employers and society at large. It identifies six distinct ‘occupational clusters’ of doctoral graduates and illustrates how these highly talented individuals contribute to innovation and knowledge transfer through using their knowledge, skills and experience in research and non-research roles across all employment sectors.

What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral entrepreneurs 2010

A collection of 30 career stories from doctoral researchers who have gone on to become entrepreneurs – it includes people from a diverse range of disciplines doing everything from consultancy to setting up a company that manufactures an innovative backless bra!


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.

Fab job opportunity!!

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Calling all Arts, Humanities and Cultural PhDs! Check out this great opportunity to work for Arts Research Digest

Printing Guttenberg style

Arts Research Digest provides a unique overview of current research in the arts, media and cultural sectors worldwide. Their mission is to facilitate and promote the exchange of research and ideas between local and national cultural sectors in the UK and all over the world.

Arts Research Digest is published six times a year and they are currently looking for an online copy writer and editor to cover maternity leave!

If you think this is something you would like to do or is the kind of work experience that could kick start your career please email all enquiries to

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


For research staff and academic staff in the Bioscience areas

Please book your place on this event via:

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

Advice on Academic CVs direct from the horse’s mouth

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What are the essential elements of a good academic CV and what can PhDs and postdocs do to make themselves more employable in the long term?

 Chair of a Graduate School….

75% of it is about good publications in prestigious journals – aim to be 1st author in early stage of career. Also use good references – someone who knows you – at least PI level, perhaps Head of Department.

Training – provide evidence and examples of your expertise level.

Move around – contributes to your research knowledge. Shows you are prepared to go outside your comfort zone. 

Law Lecturer…

Research not expected at postdoc level for Law Lecturer. Where a PhD is from is important, as are references. Look for a good publication record – 1 or 2 in good publications from PhD. Spelling / attention to detail are important. Use existing academic CVs on university websites to see what works and what doesn’t. Get teaching experience in a related area.

Move around – large law departments are often multi-cultural / multi-lingual.

Representative from RCUK…

Spelling and presentation. Make sure you follow any instructions and guidelines.

Senior Lecturer…

Obvious generic applications go in the bin. If you do go abroad, go to a well recognised lab / PI where you will have a good learning experience. Time spent abroad in a mediocre lab is not that useful.